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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth von Arnim Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781455177608
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"May 7th—There were days last winter when I danced for sheer joy out in my frostbound garden in spite of my years and children. But I did it behind a bush, having a due regard for the decencies..."

Indoors are servants, meals and furniture. There, too, is the Man of Wrath, her upright Teutonic husband, inspiring in Elizabeth a mixture of irritation, affection and irreverence. But outside she can escape domestic routine, read favorite books, play with her three babies—and garden to her heart’s content. Through Elizabeth’s eyes and unique wit, we watch the seasons come and go, each bringing with it new events, friends, and neighbors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gem of a book: rare, simple, innocent and charming. I was captivated.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “An extraordinary work...idyllic.”

    Elizabeth Jane Howard

  • “About love and affection, spring and picnics on frosty afternoon, and the leisure that we have forgotten ever existed.”

    Miriam Rothschild

  • “Rarely is there a book that when read once, one wishes to start rereading right away. Here is one...Elizabeth’s memoir is read with élan and obvious relish by Nadia May. Both Elizabeth’s subtle sarcasm and overwhelming pleasure at the beauties of the natural world are interpreted charmingly by May.”


  • AudioFile Earphones Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon Ewers | 2/19/2014

    " Not as great as I had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cubbie | 2/3/2014

    " i read this because it was an inspiration for l m montgomery-- i believe she got the term "kindred spirits" from it. it was a fun, cozy, boring read (in a good way), but with a lot of funny weird class assumptions embedded in it. in the beginning she talks a lot about how plain her wants are-- except she needs a giant staff to meet those wants. also funny how it just kind of turns into a rambly rant about her english visitor. i wasn't really expecting a plot, and i liked the human interest angle, but i felt like it needed something more than just complaints about the visitor, if it was going to have specific people in it. in many ways, it's a true introvert's manifesto, from a time when, apparently, the idea that you might actually sometimes want to be by yourself was foreign, so that was interesting. mostly enjoyable, somewhat problematic, a good rainy (or sunny) day read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/1/2014

    " I think this was one of the most popular books of its era, over 100 years ago. It appeared in many editions (I own several different editions of it myself). She was a fabulous writer, and I learned a tremendous amount about writing from several of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat | 1/23/2014

    " So much sarcasm, wit and humour in this little gem of a book. I have zero interest in gardening but still found it fascinating. Clearly, a very intelligent and inspired woman. Def a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dru | 1/4/2014

    " I highly enjoyed this Victorian novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 1/1/2014

    " this book made me smile. 3.5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. With spring just arriving and me a new gardener, it was fun "watching" Elizabeth in hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terrie | 12/6/2013

    " Love Elizabeth - wish she were around today! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bea | 3/13/2013

    " A delightful short read about a happy woman, for a change of pace, and her love of the outdoors. I felt lucky to have come across this book in spring when my own heart is stirring to the new blossoms everywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/28/2013

    " Loved reading this woman's thoughts and opinions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raquel | 6/24/2010

    " I guess I had high expectations for this one and was disappointed. I don't think listening to it on audio help as the narration and sound editing was very poor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Allen | 5/30/2010

    " I enjoyed Enchanted April so I thought this book would be good. It wasn't near as good. The plot and dialogue drug on and on with descriptions of flowers and rather boring conversations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/13/2008

    " I feel like this this is one of those books that I could read every year. Transported me to gardens overrun with flowers & buzzing with bees. And having tea in a snow blanketed garden while wrapped in furs? Sign me up. Can't wait to read more of her work. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Armin grew up in England. During her first marriage, to Count Henning August von Arnim-Schlagenthin, she lived in Berlin and Pomerania, where she wrote the first of twenty-one novels. They had five children, who were tutored by E. M. Forster. After her husband’s death, she moved to Switzerland, where she had a brief affair with H.G. Wells before marrying Francis, second Earl Russell, brother of Bertrand Russell. On the failure of her second marriage, Elizabeth ran away to America.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.