The Writer in the Garden

  • by Jane Garmey (editor), M. F. K. Fisher, Jamaica Kincaid, Stephen Lacey, W. S. Merwin, Michael Pollan, Vita Sackville-West, Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Deborah Hazlett, Simon Jones, J. D. McClatchy
  • 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Writer in the Garden adds up to a glorious compendium of writing that is amusing, original, and idiosyncratic. Excerpts span not only the beauties of the garden but such far-reaching topics as weeds, the tribulations of gardening in a cold climate, the dangers of rare plant collecting, the delights of weeding, the pitfalls of growing roses, and the place of "tacky" in a garden.
With selections carefully chosen from both sides of the Atlantic, this anthology pays homage to the great garden writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries while, at the same time, introducing the listener to some of the most original voices of today's generation of garden writers.
Books on gardening have become a marketing phenomenon. However, this is the first time an anthology of garden writing has appeared on audio. Impeccably read by a group of professional actors, this potpourri of philosophical meanderings, passionate observations, and practical advice is essential listening for all gardeners and garden lovers. The authors include Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, Abby Adams, Edith Wharton, Stephen Lacey, E. B. White, Beverly Nichols, Ken Druse, Eleanor Perenyi, W. S. Merwin, Mirabel Osler, Henry Mitchell, Jamaica Kincaid, Robert Dash, Sara B. Stein, Michael Pollan, M.F.K. Fisher, Anne Raver, Patti Hagan, and Paula Deitz.


What the Critics Say

"A fun gathering of garden eccentrics and cranks of every radius." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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Pieces too short; hammy performances. This is not a professional compilation on any level.
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- petra divani

A major flaw in timing

Where does The Writer in the Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the top EXCEPT for a major flaw - there is no pause between the chapters, in fact each seems to start before the previous one has even ended - which is extremely annoying and jarring.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

all excellent readers

Any additional comments?

The readers are all wonderful and end each reading on just the right note. If just a second or two were inserted between the chapters, it would make all the difference in the world.

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- Kitty Williams

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-30-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books