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4.445 out of 54.445 out of 54.445 out of 54.445 out of 54.445 out of 5 4.45 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrator: Finola Hughes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9780307746115
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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.


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  • This adaptation has its own special appeal. Although considerably shorter than the original, it remains faithful to the plot. Allen's oversize chalk drawings are handsome. Children sometimes pass over Burnett's story because by the time they are able to read it, they are no longer interested in the subject. For them, this adaptation will work well. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula David | 2/14/2014

    " Fondly read over and over again as a child "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexsandra Stewart | 2/9/2014

    " Loved as a child. Still a fav. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis Portrey | 2/8/2014

    " I have always been a fan of books that are either lengthy or have a really good plot line like this does. I started on this book a few weeks ago, and after reading just one chapter I knew I was hooked on this book. The book has a lot of foreshadowing elements in it if you know to look for. The over all general concept conveyed in the book is really quite touching, even to someone that is as young as me. I may be in high school, but I always love reading a good book and this one was an amazing book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 1/31/2014

    " There is so much that should make this book fail. The northern accents for a start are almost as cloying as Dickens's attempts in Hard Times. the principals shouldn't engage sympathy. The garden shouldn't work as a metaphor. Its portrayal of Indians is appalling even by the standards of its day. It does work though and it works rather well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Mcewen | 1/28/2014

    " One of my childhood favorites. A must-read for anyone looking for a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyla Squires | 1/25/2014

    " Loved it as a kid, and reread as an adult. Still great even as a grown-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aj Holzer | 1/18/2014

    " I had to read this in my 5th grade class. I thought it was going to be girly because of title but it turned out to be good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlea | 1/16/2014

    " I loved this book. I'm not really sure why. K would never have bothered to pick it up on my own and only read it for my Children's Literature class. Now I am surprised that I didn't read it sooner because I really loved the film when I was little and am pleased to say that the book is even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/15/2014

    " I read this book when I was younger so I do not remember it as well but it was a really good book for when I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen Giles | 1/3/2014

    " Best children's book EVER! Read this to my kids in the car on a long trip. Even Dad couldn't wait to hear more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Corr-van aken | 1/1/2014

    " When I was in 6th grade (many years back), this was my all time favorite book. It's the little things in life that help us get through the tough times. Just how the garden was for the girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Anderson | 12/23/2013

    " This was a re-read from childhood. Loved it more the 2nd time. Perfect season to be reading it too. Everything outside here is coming alive just like in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lama Jamalaldin | 11/22/2013

    " The book that hooked me on books. As a child, this book taught me how beautiful and amazing it is to get lost in the images drawn by the mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 11/12/2013

    " Read my review at Gator Book Chomp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noor | 10/24/2013

    " First book i ever read in english =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aileen | 10/19/2013

    " Re-read this book because my daughter is reading it. Without a doubt--my favorite book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Geers | 9/2/2013

    " I havent read this book in years but I always find myself thinking about it. it is a really good book and when I have a child I hope theh will read it as well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Mcleod | 7/26/2013

    " Second only to Charlotte's Web "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syaz HR | 5/29/2013

    " The storyline itself was good. The reason why I only gave it three stars was because it lacks a climax, to me at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Peace | 4/13/2013

    " It was cute. Nothing special here, though. I know a lot of people would disagree with me, but there it is... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Elliott | 1/27/2013

    " Really loved it when I first read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah B | 11/25/2012

    " it was so good one of my favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elya | 8/20/2012

    " I read this book as a child, astounding book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowena | 8/5/2012

    " It was a good read. I felt happy after reading the book. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanti Tia | 7/7/2012

    " this book is so adorable. I always try to imagine how the secret garden looks like. Burnett is so clever in describing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/1/2012

    " I loved this book.It was a cheerful, refreshing change and I think it's such vivid description that it's easy to be transported. I am so glad I came across it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Temporal | 12/27/2011

    " Loved this book. Even though it's kid lit. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aamen | 10/20/2011

    " A book that makes you believe in happy endings. That love can melt even a heart of stone. A book I'd like to go to sleep after reading. Heart-warming tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela Kokalova | 8/15/2011

    " This is a very sweet children's book. A lovely light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evkinnell | 7/28/2011

    " It was a really, really, really good story. I liked that it wasn't too happy and it wasn't too sad. I would recommend this book to someone who liked The Penderwicks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine Mims | 6/18/2011

    " first book that really affected me as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 5/25/2011

    " I read this book with my two daughters and was charmed by it all over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 5/23/2011

    " a must read for all children "

  • 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 Mshodes | 5/22/2011

    " A childhood favorite, I love the imagery and language. Ahhhh! "

  • 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. "

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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.