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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he's away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle's vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven't heard, spiking Mary's curiosity.

The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike. It has wonderful elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences. Commonsense, truth and kindness, compassion and a belief in the essential goodness of human beings lie at the heart of this unforgettable story. It is the best known of Frances Hodgson Burnett's works, though most of us have definitely heard of, if not read, her other novel Little Lord Fauntleroy.

The book has been adapted extensively on stage, film and television and translated into all the world's major languages. In 1991, a Japanese anime version was launched for television in Japan. It remains a popular and beloved story of a child's journey into maturity, and a must-read for every child, parent, teacher and anyone who would enjoy this fascinating glimpse of childhood.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 26 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 6, 2016
Subject: Review secret garden
Excellent job of narration and a wonderful book. I never want them to end. Thank you so much. :0)
Reviewer: - April 15, 2016
Subject: Slow going
i love this book, this book is a wonderful, amazing, and odd book in a way. I think this book is a very slow going book though. I like that though, because then you have to keep reading. If anyone would ask me i would really recommend this book.
Reviewer: - March 3, 2016
Subject: The Secret Garden
Thanks To My Mom For Telling Me About This Amazing Book!!!
Reviewer: - January 7, 2016
Subject: lovely
Reviewer: - January 6, 2016
Subject: pretty good
I wish I could be that robin in the book and it makes me feel hungry
Reviewer: - December 28, 2015
Very fine narrative, lyrical text. An absolute delight!
Reviewer: - September 14, 2015
Subject: Lovely!
Very enjoyable! I read this when I was younger and it was so refreshing to have a narrator who had an accent similar to what I imagine how they would really speak. Highly recommend!
Reviewer: - June 9, 2015
Subject: Wonderful
Really good, I really liked how you tried to speak Yorkshire. :)
Reviewer: - January 8, 2015
Subject: amazing
This book is wonderful Ashley Jayne has a perfect accent for this book I think it goes very well with this story.
Reviewer: - October 20, 2014
Subject: The Secret Garden as read by Ashley Jayne
This audiobook recording is a lovely experience. Thank you Ashley.
Reviewer: - October 19, 2014
Subject: The Secret Garden as read by Ashley Jayne
This audiobook recording is a lovely experience. Thank you Ashley.
Reviewer: - October 16, 2014
Subject: The Secret Garden
A wonderful story read by a wonderfully animated reader!!!
Reviewer: - August 16, 2014
Subject: Wonderful!
I waited until I was 59 to read this book and loved it! I agree that the narrator was a great match for this story.
Reviewer: - June 5, 2014
Subject: the secret garden
Funny slang and accent, and interesting book.
Reviewer: - May 4, 2014
Subject: The Secret Garden
What a wonderful story for both child and adult. The reader has a British accent (I guess that is, anyway) and she is a perfect match for this story. Perhaps she picked this as one she knew she could shine in? She definitely did.
Reviewer: - November 24, 2013
I am listening to this book with my two sons. They enjoy it immensely and always ask for one more chapter. I am selfishly having them listen with me as I am reading it for a book/discussion club. It's fun to have a "native" narrator with an accent like the setting in the book. Thank you for providing this for us.
Reviewer: - September 10, 2013
I think it's a very good book to read.
July 28, 2013
The narrator talks fast.
Reviewer: - May 1, 2013
Subject: Narrator
What a lovely voice with great expression! She is as charming as this book.
Reviewer: - April 24, 2013
This book is so amazing
Reviewer: - April 24, 2013
Hello.. to me this book is very good at chapter 11.. I like Dickon... He's cool... but Mary is getting very happy... i like the both of them.. Martha is very good to her.. she is very awesome!
Reviewer: - April 22, 2013
Subject: Love!!!
Love the story and the narrator!
Reviewer: - March 25, 2013
Subject: Wow
Me love love love! I like the story!
March 7, 2013
Subject: Amazing
Great story!!!!!!
Reviewer: - January 29, 2013
Subject: I agree
Yes a great story, great website :):)
Reviewer: - January 26, 2013
Subject: great
This is a great story!

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