The Secret Garden

Version: Unabridged
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett , Frances Hodgson Burnett
Narrator: Frances Hodgson Burnett , Frances Hodgson Burnett , Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genres: Juvenile & Children's
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. When Mary meets the old groundskeeper, he is the first to tell her what he thinks of her: 'We was wove out of th' same cloth. We're neither of us good lookin' an' we're both of us as sour as we look. We've got the same nasty tempers, both of us, I'll warrant.'

However, Mary soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden that has been locked shut since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Fate grants Mary access to the secret garden and she begins transforming it into a thing of beauty-unaware that she, too, is changing.

Reviews (5)

Written by Kazzab222 on November 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My favourite story as a child. A moment of nostalgia had me downloading this book. And it was worth it. The narrator is excellent and you’ll easily slip into the ease of the character voice changes without any trouble. A glorious retelling of a glorious story.

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Written by kathleen on May 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Great story for children and adults too. I think the imagery is quite good.

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Written by Ralph Irwin on April 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is intriguing, keeps your interest and most enjoyable. Highly recommend this book. Good story, good author AAAAAAA

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Written by Summer Moser on January 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a beautifully written and narrarated story. I wish more stories were written like this these days. With slow easy dialogue and beautiful discription it takes you to another, much more peaceful place. It is an amazing story they both adults and children will enjoy. I recommend it to everyone.

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Written by Anonymous from Santa Ana, CA on July 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I ordered this to listen to with my kids and I find myself making excuses and finding places to go in the car just to listen to the cd. The first time I've been thankful for traffic! Great book and narrated extremely well. I would definately recommend this one!

Author Details

Author Details

Hodgson Burnett, Frances

"Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett was born on November 24, 1849 at Manchester, England. Her father died in 1865 and the family moved to America, settling in Newmarket, Tennessee. There the family that consisted of mother, two sons, and three daughters sought to make a living on a little farm. There were many trying times, but they all worked together bravely.

Frances felt that she had the ability to write and felt that she could earn money from it. She began with short stories which were published in Peterson?s Magazine and Godey?s Lady?s Book, but she didn?t receive marked success or recognition until she was published the dialect story ?Surly Tim?s Trouble? in Scribner?s Magazine in 1872. Her girlhood days in Manchester had made her familiar with the Lancashire dialect and she turned to that knowledge to write the story. This launched her career and afterwards she was sought after by publishers.

In 1875 Frances married Dr. Swan M. Burnett and traveled extensively throughout Europe. When they finished traveling they took up residence in Washington.

Her reputation as a novelist was made with her story of Lancashire life in ?That Lass O?Lowrie?s? that was published first in Scribner?s Magazine and afterwards in book form. The book was a great success. A number of other works followed including ?Through One Administration?, ?Louisiana?, ?A Fair Barbarian?, and ?Editha?s Burglar?, with the first being the most notable. She also wrote ?The Secret Garden? and ?Little Princess?

While she has written several stories and novels, probably her most recognized work is ?Little Lord Fauntleroy?, which she published in 1886. This, like many of her stories, was dramatized during her lifetime, which added to her fame. In fact it continues to be dramatized as videos and movies. The dramatization of novels without compensation to the author had long been a problem to English writers. Reade and Dickens among others had attempted to stop it, but in vain. Frances undertook to defend herself against the unauthorized use of ?Little Lord Fauntleroy? and the court, for the first time, gave to authors the control of the dramatic right in their stories. When the victory was won, the authors of England showed their gratitude by presenting Mrs. Burnett with a costly diamond bracelet. "

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, England, but moved to America as a teenager. "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was published in 1886 and was dramatized during Burnett's lifetime. The story lives on today in videos and movies. Though she began writing novels for adults, she gained lasting success writing for children. She is best known for "Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess" (1905), and "The Secret Garden" (1911).