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The Secret Garden

(A Puffin Book)
Narrated by: Indira Varma
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • kanga2012
  • 2020-08-01

Returning to my childhood

Listening to The Secret Garden was a step back in time. There is so much wisdom and truth in this gentle story which as an adult, reached into my heart and touched my soul. To listen to this story again with the delightful narration of Indira Varma, provided soothing respite from the anxiety of today’s world. Even if you read this as a child, let yourself listen to it now as an adult. You will fall in love with this tender story once again.

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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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  • michael the purchase king
  • 2020-07-01

wonderfully read

I know there is another that is reading this book on here with much more viewers. THIS ONE IS SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 2020-05-21

Mágico

Um bom livro. Fofo e aquece o coração. Em alguns momentos um pouco simplista, descrições muito longas da natureza. Mas pra um livro mais infantojuvenil é ótimo. Um classico

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  • Karen P. Maxon
  • 2020-05-20

Wonderful!

The Secret Garden was my favorite book when I was a child. I'm often reluctant to listen to audio versions of my old favorites. But this version is brilliant, spot-on! Excellent narration of a beautiful story.