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Penguin presents the unabridged audiobook edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

'I've stolen a garden,' she said very fast. 'It isn't mine. It isn't anybody's. Nobody wants it, nobody cares for it, nobody ever goes into it. Perhaps everything is dead in it already; I don't know.'

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed - and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined.

Public Domain (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Delightful!

Wonderful story. Narrator does exceptional job in bringing it to life. A very uplifting tale.

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Amazing narration

Amazing narration, made the Yorkshire accents and every individual voice come alive perfectly. Beautiful story

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loved the accent

#Audible1 the narrator was perfectly suited to tell this story. My three boys enjoyed listening to this version and I enjoyed not having to attempt a Yorkshire accent while reading it aloud!

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  • Roya McCauley
  • 2018-09-06

Superb!! Simply Superb!!

This narration is such a joy to listen to. The performance is magnificent and Magical, if I may be so bold. Full of life and on more than one occasion brought tears to my eyes as I listened. My deepest appreciation to this great narrator. She did a wonderful job!!

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  • Mom of 3
  • 2019-03-28

Amazing Reader

I have loved this book since I was young, so I've always been excited for the day when my kids would be old enough to enjoy it for themselves. While we do our own read alouds, we've been enjoying audiobooks more and more - and I've learned that the reader/narrator can make or break a story! THIS READER IS AMAZING! Her voices, the various accents, the emotions expressed... it brought this great story to life and my kids absolutely adored it. So did I! I highly recommend this version!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-04

Fantastic Reader!

This narrator nailed the Yorkshire accent, paused at just the right moments, and did a beautiful job of capturing the personalities of each character. My daughter needed to read the book for an assignment over Christmas break, and listening to it felt like a treat. I highly recommend this performance.

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  • Viva
  • 2019-07-18

Lush, sublime narration

I can’t attest to quality of the accents, but I enjoyed every bit of this emotionally rich and varied narration. Ms Varma’s eloquent and attractive telling makes it automatically one of my all-time favorites. She sings the little songs and consistently manages many characters with expert ease. I’m awed. And grateful- I feel I got a full experience.

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  • Emilia
  • 2020-07-14

phenomenal voice acting

Such a pleasure to hear this story again after so many years and this time read with such talent. Brought everything so vividly to life.

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  • AF
  • 2018-11-15

This is such a great, classic story!

The story is just as wonderful as I remember when my mom read it to me as a child. I got so much more out of it though listening to it now, as an adult. I highly recommend it for children and grown ups alike. The story is so well crafted and delivers a great message. The narrator was simply brilliant as well and I'll miss hearing her voice.

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  • SB & TC Robin
  • 2020-11-16

Lovely

Listened with my 5 year old daughter before letting her watch the 1993 movie. It was perfect. The accents were stylized enough to give the idea, but clear enough even she could understand the broad Yorkshire.

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  • BlueDawn
  • 2020-10-29

Amazing story and performance!

Absolutely beautiful story. The narrator was ASTOUNDING. Worth every single minute. A story I will remember for the rest of my life.

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  • Kelli
  • 2020-10-27

What a gem!

It’s getting hard to find an audiobook that hasn’t drowned out the words by trying to add all sorts of background noise or that has been overly dramatized. Indira Varma did a wonderful job and I will look for her in other titles. I couldn’t press pause on this little gem. Anyone suffering from quarantine blues or depression I general would greatly benefit from this tale. It was written at the height of English imperialism so needless to say there is racism and classism. However, it’s a good way to look our history square in the face to see how far we have left to go in our fight against racism.

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  • Corinne Hennessy
  • 2020-10-26

Most Marvelous

Brimming with hope and healing. Forget the movie Forget the remake of the movie. This is a book that would be well read after dinner when all are ready for bed Or anytime. I like books when I listen to the Audio. It warmed my heart.