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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 - 60 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 22, 2021
Subject: The Secret Graden
I Love this book and love the movie I've watched all the versions with my sisters and my mom.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2021
Subject: Yorkshire
Great Yorkshire accent.
Reviewer: - February 3, 2021
Subject: speed of reading
Reading it perfectly.
Reviewer: - January 16, 2021
I really like the Yorkshire accent.
Reviewer: - November 17, 2020
Subject: not really good :/
its really slow and i dont like it :(
Reviewer: - May 10, 2020
Subject: The secret garden
This book is great. I love it. Thank you. :)
Reviewer: - August 25, 2019
Subject: The Secret Garden
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this classic children’s tale. Really enjoyed the narrators voice and authentic Yorkshire accent.
Reviewer: - March 19, 2019
Subject: ronier
she reading this book so slow
Reviewer: - December 24, 2018
The Secret Garden review
Reviewer: - December 3, 2018
Subject: The secret garden
I love the secret garden.My daughter beg me to read it again and again.
Reviewer: - November 22, 2018
Subject: 22,2018
I love this book its awesome I fall asleep every time I lisin to this story
Reviewer: - September 25, 2018
Subject: Yorkshire
I love yorkshire!
Reviewer: - September 20, 2018
Subject: amazing
the best book and her voice makes it amazing
Reviewer: - September 17, 2018
Subject: amazing
this is the best book ever i atched and read t for times but this is perfect her voice ugh so lovely it goes perfect
Reviewer: - September 10, 2018
Subject: The Secret Garden
a beautiful and very human tale, nicely read and narrated
Reviewer: - May 15, 2018
don't like this accent.
Reviewer: - April 16, 2018
Subject: this book
I don't like audio books otherwise it is really good
Reviewer: - February 16, 2018
Subject: The secret garden
Having seen the movie as a kid and having never read the book, I loved seeing it here. I enjoyed it so much and many thanks to the narrator. I am not from an English speaking country myself and it took a little while for me to get used to the narrator’s accent, but after that it was very easy to understand. I listened to her every evening before bed and it was a great way to relax after a busy day. I hope to find more books read by her at loyalbooks.
Reviewer: - December 11, 2017
Maybe a little too heavy with the Eastern mysticism, but a good children's book if explained about such things. I can see how a child could be completely captivated. Good reader with the exception of a few mispronunciations.
Reviewer: - November 19, 2017
Subject: The Secret Garden Review
Amazing Book very good read and perfect for me !!
Reviewer: - October 17, 2017
good book,good narration
Reviewer: - September 15, 2017
Subject: The Secret Garden
This is a great book, great to read and listen to
Reviewer: - August 7, 2017
Subject: The Secret Garden
The narrator is perfect for this lovely story!
Reviewer: - August 4, 2017
Subject: The Secret Garden
The narrator is perfect for this lovely story!
Reviewer: - May 10, 2017
Subject: The Secret Garden review
Narrator made this so worth listening to! Quite perfectly read!
Reviewer: - April 24, 2017
Subject: The Secret Garden
good job i really like this book thanks to you i would never would of found this book
Reviewer: - March 20, 2017
Subject: Lovely, Magical Book
A lovely and magical book with very good narration.
Reviewer: - March 18, 2017
Subject: Love it!
One of my favorite classics and now it's free as both audiobook and ebook.
Reviewer: - March 4, 2017
Subject: The secret garden
I can't really understand the Yorkshire. But the rest is perfect
Reviewer: - February 23, 2017
Subject: The secret garden
This book is a very wonderful story and it tells you about how a girl starts out lonely but makes friends
Reviewer: - February 22, 2017
Subject: awesome!!
this book has a very good narration!!!!!
Reviewer: - February 15, 2017
Subject: Wonderful narration and Lovely accent
Beautifully narrated.Especially the emotions shown in voice.
Reviewer: - January 19, 2017
I love this book.
Reviewer: - January 2, 2017
Subject: school asignment
Amazing!!! I will read this book again and when I have children I will read it to them and they will love it like I do! I highly recommend you read this book and happy new year!! -Asher
Reviewer: - January 2, 2017
Subject: school asignment
amazing!! I love this book and I will read it again!! when I have children I will read it to them and they will love it like I do! I highly recommend you read it!
Reviewer: - December 23, 2016
Subject: The Secret Garden
One of the best books ever xD my two 12 year old sisters loved this book so much
Reviewer: - October 4, 2016
Subject: The Secret Garden
Wonderful book and lovely narration--thank you!
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 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: - 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.
Reviewer: - 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!
Reviewer: - 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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