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The Secret Garden

Narrated by: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Read by actress, singer, blogger and author Carrie Hope Fletcher, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s delightful novel The Secret Garden is given new life. Delve in to the tranquil world of Burnett’s story as you follow the journey of her young protagonist, Mary Lennox, on her journey through her childhood. First published in 1911, the novel is a much-cited ‘classic’ of English children’s literature. It is, however, as much for adults as for anyone else. An uplifting and light-hearted listen, this is the ideal summer escape. 

Mary Lennox starts her life as an unhappy victim of circumstance. After the loss of her parents, she moves to rural Yorkshire to live with a distant uncle where she resents the wildness of the countryside. At first, she struggles to find a place in this new existence. Although unsure about her surroundings and its occupants, through the gentle guidance of the maid she gradually becomes interested in the story of Mrs Craven who apparently used to spend her time in a garden at the house, the key to which has vanished. Mary makes it her quest to find and explore the possibilities it holds. Her journey sees her change, befriending a host of loveable characters as the garden begins to cast its spell on her. 

About the author

Born in 1849, Burnett moved to America in 1865 where she would live, on and off, for the rest of her life. She was well travelled, living in Paris for a few years before buying a house in England (where she wrote The Secret Garden) and finally moving to New York. She is best known for her children’s novels such as Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess but was also a prodigious writer of adult fiction. It is this, which perhaps explains how she was able to merge and cater for both audiences with such success in The Secret Garden

About the narrator

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an award-winning actress, best-selling author, musical theatre star and social media influencer. Carrie has starred in Les Misérables, and Heathers on London’s West End and is author to four best-selling books: All I Know Now, On the Other Side, All That She Can See and When The Curtain Falls, her next title is called In The Time We Lost. Carrie has also released a debut solo album, When The Curtains Fall. The album features Carrie’s most-loved musical theatre songs, covered in a unique and modern way. Alongside her acting, writing and music career, Carrie has an established online presence with over 528,000 followers on Twitter, 492,000 on Instagram and over 652,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Cover Credit: Aitch at Central Illustration 

Public Domain (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Really Enjoyable Listen!

The Secret Garden is one of those classics I felt I really should read, so I sought to find one I would really enjoy the narration of. This hit the nail on the head!! The actress voicing the book is phenomenal, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the various voices and accents! She made the story come alive. The story was enjoyable too, though I was a bit disappointed by the last few chapters ... maybe just because I didn’t want it to end! I would recommend this book for sure, if you’re looking for a light enjoyable read!

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  • Lady Lightning
  • 2020-05-19

Fabulous

I have loved this book since I was small. My Mum and Grandma both read it to me I was enthralled. I read it to my children, I’ve read it to my granddaughters. I still feel the magic when I hear the words, this recording took me back to my long ago childhood. Totally loved this recording. Highly recommended.

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  • kayjaytee
  • 2020-09-22

Great performance of a children's classic

I have always loved this story and a great performance enhanced the experience. Reader did an excellent job with the children's voices and accents. Haughty Mary was played perfectly. Loved this interpretation.

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  • Dale Bowles
  • 2020-09-12

Good Old Story Well Read

I've always liked The Secret Garden, but this performance blows me away. Hip, hip, hooray!

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  • Billy harris
  • 2020-09-04

Magical

Never have I felt so happy while listening to a story. Nearly the whole time was I smiling and thinking happy thoughts. Beautifully preformed and even more so written.

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  • tamara markovic
  • 2020-09-03

Beautiful

This is such a wonderful book. It is about a special kind of Magic that brings things to life. It is sbout growing up and children’s imagination and way to see the world as the magical place that it actually is.

Carrie Hope Fletcher did wonderful job by giving her voice to Mary, Dickon, Colin and all the others. Her narration is just wonderful and it is such a pleasure to listen to her voice.
It was a real joy to listen to this book and I strongly recommend it.

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  • lmceache
  • 2020-07-27

pure delight

Loved revisiting this classic children's book. Excellent narration, with evocative accents. It makes an excellent bedtime story.

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  • EM
  • 2020-06-14

Really, really enjoyed this book!

It was so wonderful revisiting a book I remembered from my youth! The story took me far away from daily concerns and cares. I have listened to it twice and will keep it in mind when I need to escape daily frustrations!

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  • Megan Robinson
  • 2020-05-16

Lovely

A lovely new narration of a favorite classic! The narrator does a great job with the different accents, I loved listening to her Yorkshire characters.

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  • Christopher Shepherd
  • 2020-05-10

Great Storytelling!!!

A great book for passing time and for the fun of it! The storytelling is high class and very exciting!

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  • Debbie Duncan
  • 2020-04-25

Wonderful innocent read

Loved it from start to finish. Wonderful reading. Full of the warmth and excitement of a childs wonders. Sweet and innocent. The voices and yorkshire accent were excellent. The book left me feeling happy and warm and positive.

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  • Isabella
  • 2020-09-19

Awsome!

One of the best books ever written. Very well performed. Would recommend to children and every other human being.

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  • ClaireG
  • 2019-08-27

Pure Magic!

A beautifully told story reminding us the power of positive thinking. My 9 and 10 year old were hooked on all 27 chapters. This is so uplifting and recommended to young and old.