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If you had an English grandmother and she whisked you away to a little cottage and read books to you every night, this is how I imagine it would sound. Her voice has a lovely texture, one perfectly suited to this story.
This was one of my favorite books growing up, and I had to reread it this year for a class and I'm very glad I chose this version. It is still captivating. If you're looking for a break from every day life, something different and yet not in the realm of fantasy, this will be an enjoyable journey.
Note: there are some slightly antiquated words and phrases, so this isn't the perfect pick for younger children who want to know what every single word means but are too impatient to discover the meaning through context. If such is the case, hand them something more modern and save this for a year or two so that they will really be able to enjoy it, or find one of the illustrated copies for them now and read it with them.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Garden to be better than the print version?
I hesitate to admit this because I like to think of myself as a traditionalist, but yes! I am a busy homeschool mom and have a new baby and I just don't have time to sit and read like I used to. This audio version allowed me to listen while cleaning, cooking, nursing etc. I really enjoyed it. Also, I couldn't properly imagine the Yorkshire accent as I read, but hearing it added such a rich quaintness and I really thought it was great.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character was Martha Sowersby (not sure if that's spelled correctly) because she was so kind and warm, wise and happy. Also, she raised Dickon and he's divine and lovely.
What does Flo Gibson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Honestly, the first moment I heard her reading I didn't like it because she didn't sound like I imagined, however after listening for a little while I really grew to appreciate and truly enjoy her reading. I thought she read Mary especially well and I really enjoyed her Yorkshire.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Well, if you think laughing or crying is an extreme reaction to reading a book, then you aren't doing it right!! haha!! A good classic book always makes me laugh and cry and I don't consider it extreme in the least. This book is a classic for a reason. It is emotive, timeless and resonates with tremors of redemption and hope. Certainly, it has been filling the thoughts of people for years and years.
Any additional comments?
Thank you for making this purchase so economical!! If all the classics were so inexpensive I would buy them all!! >not joking< Usually audio books are cost prohibitive and I thank you for making it available. At your prices I even linked to the purchase on facebook and told friends about it.
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