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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (317,887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455170388
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Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors 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, whose wails she hears echoing through the house at night. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden’s portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even eighty-five years after they were conceived.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel Trevino | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The story was very unique and had a great theme as well as incredible details. The book is about two young children who are ungrateful, selfish, and unpleasant. The young girl moves in with her sick cousin. Both the young girl and young, sick boy have terrible attitudes towards themselves, eachother, and the people around them. throughout the story they learn to appreciate eachother and what they have. They discover that they need eachothers care to overcome their previous deprivition and become god kids. They encounter a secret garden and care for eacother through their same interest in it. One thing liked about this book was that authors unique wording and details. Another thing I liked was the idea that these children needed eachother and in the end helped one another to be happy. Over all this was great, it was really exciting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leela | 1/28/2014

    " A childhood favourite, the story of a young orphan finding herself through new friends and unexpected adventures. A secret-filled book that is as much of a page-turner now as it was when I was ten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buthayna | 1/27/2014

    " This is my first time reading the secret garden, and I did not even watch the cartoon series. Truly a classic. Though its a children book , I enjoyed it as an adult. The book is showing us that magic is everywhere you just have to look and enjoy. And that is exactly what happened to Mary and Colin, they changed from being spoiled and annoying kids to be loving and caring. And that we cannot be sad forever over losing a person, The kids found the secret garden and turned it from a dead sad place to living and wonderful garden though they knew this is where Colin's mother died. I thought it was a great book simple honest and clear. Contain lots of lessons to both kids and adults. And most importantly made me want to grow a garden :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Slonke | 1/13/2014

    " This book a is an inspirational story of a little boy and a little girl, who, thru a secret garden, hidden and locked away, discover their joys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/12/2014

    " hadn't read this book in a very long time. I'd forgotten how good it really is. Highly recommended for all ages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookreaderljh | 1/12/2014

    " I read this book when I was a child because my father thought it was a great story. Hard to believe it was written over 100 years ago and it is a timeless children's book story. I really didn't remember much about it when I started re-reading but as I went further it started to come back to me. The themes of an orphan and a secret hiding place and the tame animals and the powers and beauty of nature are all themes that would have appealed to me as a child. I had forgotten the emphasis on "magic" that makes the little boy Colin well again. I'm sure that is the theme that appealed to my father as it was an obvious reference to believing in a higher power - a religious renewal. The emphasis on the specific dialect was a "new" writing tool at the time the book was written - and does have its drawbacks. Plus the child rearing and social class strata were a bit dated but the author concentrated on the positive over the negative - which helped the story for a young audience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reanne Malett | 1/12/2014

    " This brought my contiued facinsation with hidden worlds! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochelle Pribyl | 1/9/2014

    " I rarely remember books that I've read. However, this one has stuck with me my whole life! I remember being intrigued by the crying she would hear. And the garden itself of course! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 1/4/2014

    " I liked it...fairly interesting, and catches attention in some places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Thomasson | 12/23/2013

    " A lovely short classic written about a boy and girl who were spoilt, rude children who slowly became likeable and joyful with the help of another little boy and the discovery of the Secret Garden. It's a sweet story with the odd funny moment and a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noor | 11/27/2013

    " First book i ever read in english =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 11/23/2013

    " I kept on asking myself if I loved this book or not. I guess not enough to give it 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 11/19/2013

    " Childhood favourite! Transported me to another world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 5/6/2013

    " One of my favorite books for over 30 years...Read every spring no mater what, now read it to my daughter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Frank | 8/24/2012

    " Never read this book as a child, but I am so glad I finally did as an adult! Truly loved this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gleich | 5/27/2012

    " I liked this book but then I also like, very much and have read several times, The Wind in the Willows. It's that kind of read that takes you to a special place and makes you believe you can still be young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 5/20/2012

    " Timeless classic. I enjoyed Burnett's writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana Giron | 4/19/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Its the type of book thats timeless. I read it when I was little and I enjoyed and when I read it now I enjoy and appreciate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 12/4/2011

    " This rewritten classic for younger readers wasn't a bad place to give our 5 year-old a taste of the classic story without totally losing her attention in the language of the original. That said there is obviously a bit lost from the artistry of the classic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody Costa | 10/27/2011

    " A cozy classic for kids. I can't believe I waited so long to read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/20/2011

    " Not my favorite Burnett, but still lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/22/2011

    " I love this book. Rereading it on my iPad to bring back the memories. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gathienology | 5/22/2011

    " Hay, nh? nhàng, tuy c?u trúc truy?n không logic l?m và hoi nhàn nh?t, nhung bù l?i không khí thiên nhiên, d?ng quê trong truy?n thì tuy?t v?i. Ð?c xong ch? u?c có d?a b?n nhu Dickon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larissa | 5/21/2011

    " One of my first forays into reading a classic novel. I first read it in primary school and it was full of magic for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 5/20/2011

    " I've read this about 6 times. So should you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " One of my favorite books (that wasn't about animals) when I was growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/20/2011

    " I read this to Paul and Lila, and we loved it. I don't think I've ever read it before. I didn't realize how much it is about the power of positive thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/19/2011

    " I cannot count how many copies of this book I have bought. It is the perfect gift for a ten year old having a birthday. It brings back wonderful memories of a teacher reading to the class. Thank you Mrs. Jackson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Synthia | 5/18/2011

    " I really like the book but if I were rating the musical (which is amazing!), I'd give it 5 stars. It's one of my top 3 musicals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 fifi boo | 5/16/2011

    " One of those old books that when you start... you have to finish. What I recommend is: Watch the movie. Seriously. It might be different but it still gives the main point(s). Bleh... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 5/16/2011

    " It was as beautiful as I remember. A perfect read-aloud: we got to that magical point when no one, not even Mom who has a million things to do, wants to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/15/2011

    " My first english book I read for pleasure and not because someone told me to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " A book I would love to read again. Forever a childhood favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 5/14/2011

    " All ills will be overcome by fresh air , hard work, and hot potatoes, with perhaps a bit of skipping. Orphaned? Unloved? Stop whining, get to work and you will be happy. We could use more of this attitude today! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minna | 5/14/2011

    " Wish I had a secret garden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allegra | 5/13/2011

    " Re-read this a few years ago and promptly planted a climbing rose. True story. "

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About the Author
Author Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was an English-born author of romances and books for children. After moving to America in 1865, she established a popular reputation with the publication of That Lass o’ Lowrie’s in 1877. She is best known for such novels as Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie® Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.