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Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. There, she meets a hearty housekeeper and her spirited brother, a dour gardener, a cheerful robin, and her willful, hysterical, and sickly cousin, Master Colin.With the help of the robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden, coming to life anew, brings health to Colin - and to Mary, happiness.
(P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"It will rapt most children away, for after fifty years, its spell is still as strong; a blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (New York Times Book Review)
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By Dixie on 03-25-10

Cynical old bag loved it

I'm in my 50s, but had never read this classic. (Saw the film and Broadway version). My usual taste is non-fiction or Ruth Rendell and other contemporary mysteries/thrillers. I LOVED IT! Beautifully written, full of insight into human nature and appropriate/inspiring for all ages. Go for it. Especially for a time when you need a good healthy dose of hope.

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By Erica on 01-24-10

As good as it used to be

On a whim I downloaded The Secret Garden for a road trip. I read it 20 years ago and loved the story, but like all things over time I had forgotten the context of the story. It was such a joy of re-discovery to go back to the Yorkshire Moors and the secret garden. The narration was superb which added to the magic of the classic story.

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By Samantha Clarke on 02-20-16

Fantastic read. Well narrated.

Having never read this as a child it's been on my TBR for a while. Johanna Ward's narration is excellent. She really brings Mary in particular to life. Highly recommended.

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By Samantha-Jane on 12-03-15

A childhood favourite

If you could sum up The Secret Garden in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful, thought provoking and comforting. This is one of my favourite books of all time and having it on audiobook forever makes it so much more accessible when I need to relax. Doing an English degree, one can get lost in the course content, but this is what I fall back on time and time again. It was one of the first books I read independently and therefore it will always mean something to me. It was beautifully read with the correct emotion for each character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Garden?

I loved the moment when colin walks for the first time. As a person with a disability, I know how liberating this is. Having that read to me was very very comforting.

Any additional comments?

I loved every minute of this and would recommend to everyone to read or listen to.

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