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The Secret Garden

(A Puffin Book)
Narrated by: Indira Varma
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Penguin presents the unabridged audiobook edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

'I've stolen a garden,' she said very fast. 'It isn't mine. It isn't anybody's. Nobody wants it, nobody cares for it, nobody ever goes into it. Perhaps everything is dead in it already; I don't know.'

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed - and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined.

Public Domain (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Perfect

Wonderfully narrated at just the right pace, she nails every voice and accent so that you can be carried away to the place and time and become immersed in the beauty of the story. This book is a classic celebration of nature and love and the power of belief. A must listen for children and adults. You’ll want to listen again and again.

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An Enchanting Story Read Wonderfully

Indira Varma imbues this enchanting story with the life and light of her own creative energy. She gives such an outstanding performance of all the different characters, where she brilliantly captures all the emotions, and particularly the uplifting ones. I’m so glad I selected Varma’s reading of this wonderful story. 11/10

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Enchanting!

Hilarious, beautiful, heart warming and exciting. This story, for adults and children, captures the imagination with mystery and beauty rarely found in story.

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Gorgeous story!

Absolutely deserves 5 stars. It’s a wonderful story, with a wonderful message. I can’t wait to read it to my own children some day- or listen with them!

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  • Roya McCauley
  • 06-09-2018

Superb!! Simply Superb!!

This narration is such a joy to listen to. The performance is magnificent and Magical, if I may be so bold. Full of life and on more than one occasion brought tears to my eyes as I listened. My deepest appreciation to this great narrator. She did a wonderful job!!

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  • Mom of 3
  • 28-03-2019

Amazing Reader

I have loved this book since I was young, so I've always been excited for the day when my kids would be old enough to enjoy it for themselves. While we do our own read alouds, we've been enjoying audiobooks more and more - and I've learned that the reader/narrator can make or break a story! THIS READER IS AMAZING! Her voices, the various accents, the emotions expressed... it brought this great story to life and my kids absolutely adored it. So did I! I highly recommend this version!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2019

Fantastic Reader!

This narrator nailed the Yorkshire accent, paused at just the right moments, and did a beautiful job of capturing the personalities of each character. My daughter needed to read the book for an assignment over Christmas break, and listening to it felt like a treat. I highly recommend this performance.

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  • Viva
  • 18-07-2019

Lush, sublime narration

I can’t attest to quality of the accents, but I enjoyed every bit of this emotionally rich and varied narration. Ms Varma’s eloquent and attractive telling makes it automatically one of my all-time favorites. She sings the little songs and consistently manages many characters with expert ease. I’m awed. And grateful- I feel I got a full experience.

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  • AF
  • 15-11-2018

This is such a great, classic story!

The story is just as wonderful as I remember when my mom read it to me as a child. I got so much more out of it though listening to it now, as an adult. I highly recommend it for children and grown ups alike. The story is so well crafted and delivers a great message. The narrator was simply brilliant as well and I'll miss hearing her voice.

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  • Clifford White
  • 25-09-2020

Could not put it down

Spellbinding. Rich in beauty and tone. Wonderfully narrated. A treasure in pleasure that must not be missed.

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  • kanga2012
  • 01-08-2020

Returning to my childhood

Listening to The Secret Garden was a step back in time. There is so much wisdom and truth in this gentle story which as an adult, reached into my heart and touched my soul. To listen to this story again with the delightful narration of Indira Varma, provided soothing respite from the anxiety of today’s world. Even if you read this as a child, let yourself listen to it now as an adult. You will fall in love with this tender story once again.

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  • Emilia
  • 14-07-2020

phenomenal voice acting

Such a pleasure to hear this story again after so many years and this time read with such talent. Brought everything so vividly to life.

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  • michael the purchase king
  • 01-07-2020

wonderfully read

I know there is another that is reading this book on here with much more viewers. THIS ONE IS SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 21-05-2020

Mágico

Um bom livro. Fofo e aquece o coração. Em alguns momentos um pouco simplista, descrições muito longas da natureza. Mas pra um livro mais infantojuvenil é ótimo. Um classico

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  • Mr Gareth C Rees
  • 05-04-2018

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It is great and exiting and the person who is reading it has great expression for different voices of people

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  • Daksina
  • 19-12-2018

Narrated perfectly

Indira Varma has fine a fantastic job narrating this book. Her Yorkshire accent is just perfect!

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  • Danielcelloedwards
  • 05-07-2020

Brilliant performance of a classic

An outstanding performance from Indira Varma. This book has been criticised for its depiction of colonialism, but I think the narration makes it really clear that we're it's not something to be revelled in. At the start of the book, Mary is not a likeable character, and we're clearly not meant to sympathise with the horrible way that she treats her Indian caregivers. Also, I have read this book several times, but this performance really made me fall in love with Dickon. He's like a male version of Anne of Green Gables. Just the most lovely boy, who has a keen sense of wonder and kindness - nothing is too small for him to notice and appreciate. I think Indira Varma's brilliant Yorkshire accent really brought this character to life for me in a way that I hadn't previously noticed. Overall, a really excellent audiobook.

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  • Angela KTM
  • 15-08-2019

Step into another world

One of my favourite childhood stories, and I try to re- read it often. As the book says, it fills my head with Agreeable things. Wonderful reading, acting, character voices.

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  • DoctorMummy
  • 23-07-2018

wonderful classic story

Yorkshire therapy! We thought this was a great story. wonderful to to listen as an adult

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  • Saz
  • 29-04-2018

Lovely story

This book is so well written and read, it's very hard to put down. recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-2018

Wonderful

What a wonderful story, I couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the way it described nature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-2019

Warning: May contain casual racism!

I've found this really hard to rate as the story is a classic and the reader excellent. However, a few chapters in and I was shocked to hear statements about "blacks" as compared to "civilized whites". I understand that the novel may be asking us to reflect on this attitude but my seven year old might not have that sophistication of thinking. There is a lot more casual racism that I do not want my child hearing so we have stopped listening. I wish I had been aware of this content beforehand!

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  • Emma Lowles
  • 09-04-2019

Keeps halting and forgetting where I listened to.

Definitely the book and not audible account. When I try and pause it it sometimes doesn't work and then jumps back instead of pausing up to where I listened to. I've had other books downloaded and listened to and it's not done this. Stories good but think this document is faulty