Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children's literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more.
A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child's need to nurture and be nurtured - a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.
"This adaptation has its own special appeal. Although considerably shorter than the original, it remains faithful to the plot." (Booklist)
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Hated for it to End
Children's classic with a great story.
It is just a great story which I had not read for decades. I truly enjoyed listening to it.
The scene when Mary confronts Collin is very memorable. That is where the story turns.
I listened to several samples before choosing this reader. She has an English accent that is very understandable and easy to listen to. It was an excellent performance for the story.
The book did make me laugh at times.
I enjoy going back and listening to a children's classic occasionally. I would definitely recommend this one.
- C. Smith