When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. But this lonely girl's life is transformed when she finds the key to the secret garden.
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Magnificent adventure in to an old favorite
When I think about classics stories like "The Secret Garden", I'm reminded of my childhood and how reading these books when I was young made me feel, how they captivated my imagination and how I envisioned the world and characters in my head. "The Secret Garden" is very precious to me as I loved it dearly as a child and I honestly was nervous upon first getting this audiobook. Would it live up to my childhood expectations? Would the narrator really be able to get inside the characters and breathe life into them so wholly that I could see them in my mind's eye without distraction?
The answer is yes to all. Pearl Hewitt's narration was simply superb. Honestly, there isn't one thing bad I can say about it. It's obvious she's a true Brit and her Yorkshire accent was so charming. Her narration was softly narrated like a Mary Poppins telling me a bedtime story with such grace and care for the story and the characters but also not afraid to inflect emotion and excitement when warranted. My favorite thing about Pearl's narration though was how she truly captured Mary, Mary, quite contrary! Such a curious child, so petulant at first, but the narrator is able to capture Mary's growth as she discovers there is more to this boring house than she once thought and more to herself than she once knew. That the garden and others she has met is filled with secrets.
The audio quality was very good and I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who would listen. I would not be surprised if I listened to it again.
- Rosemary Benson