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The Secret Garden [Kindle Edition]

Frances Hodgson Burnett
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (699 customer reviews)

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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12)

From Publishers Weekly

Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 284 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199549869
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (March 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RKSZT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,178,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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178 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Classic October 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
For those of you who haven't read this, you should.

It's the story of Mary Lennox, who grew up in India, extremely spoiled by the servants, whose only job was to keep her quiet and out of the way of her parents. After her parents die she's sent to live with her uncle in England, a crotchety old man mourning the loss of his wife, who also wants nothing to do with her. Lonely, spoiled Mary explores the manor and the garden, finding all sorts of hidden secrets as well as her own happiness.

A must-read for children and adults. It's the kind of story that just makes you feel warm and comfortable inside.
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137 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books April 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this a couple times when I was a young teenager and now I just read it again 10 years later. It is still one of my favorite books. I love the theme that children need activities and hobbies and exercise to stay healthy, physically and mentally. I wish I had my own secret garden inside a stone wall :)
I think this is a wonderful book for any young child to read. The characters are good and the story is so beautiful.
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who value fine childrens literature April 19, 2001
Who won't like this book? Well... I know that some parents these days feel it is a boring book which requires to much of an attention span. But children need and benefit from classics like this which require thought and which have a profound and telling message. It is a must read book for any family who values the classics and who feels that children need a balance of computer, sports and quality reading material.
Set in Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors, Mary Lennox who has been orphaned arrives from India at her uncle Mr. Archibald Craven's home where she discovers a cousin Colin who is sickly and spoiled. ALmost as much as she is. In time Mary discovers that her cousin simply needs some encouragement and the once spoiled girl becomes a secret cheer leader of sorts and they set out to get Colin walking. One of the characters I adored so much was the gardener,who knows that the two have discovered the secret garden that Colins mother had adored and tended so well, which has become overgrown and like the two young children, simply needs some tender loving and consistent care. The children are very careful because they get Colin ouside using the wheelchair since they want to use the garden as a tool for also helping Colins physical therapy. In a few months not only is Colin able to walk and get about but the garden is flourishing which as the story continues will become the healing tool for the uncle (Mr. Archibald Craven)who has been heartbroken and aloof since his wifes death. Like the Little Princess this book deals with death, loneliness and deep subjects.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And delight reigneth! November 22, 2000
Ages 9 and up the cover informs which at age 50 allows me in on one of the most beautiful reading experiences of a lifetime. It is romantic in the best sense of the word: one thinks of Blake's "to see a world in a grain of sand," or in this case in a secret garden. For this is a romance of two odd, solitary children who fall in love--not with each other--but with the world. To grow from isolation to friendship, from solitude to joy, from loathing of self to delight in nature, the themes are standard but deeply felt and movingly evoked in simple but lovely prose. The world is beautiful, once wrote Thomas Merton, to remind us we were originally meant for paradise. The Secret Garden is another such reminder. "I'm going to live forever and ever and ever," Colin famously exults and in this great book for children and adults he does and he does and he does.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely buy this! February 15, 2010
By Acorn
Format:Kindle Edition
I hadn't read The Secret Garden since I was a kid. I'm so glad I found it on Kindle and read it again as an adult! What a wonderful story! And as a free Kindle book, it's hard to pass up!

I gave it 4/5 stars only because the formatting didn't quite come out perfect (a few squares with question marks in it appeared). Still, it's easy to read despite the few errors.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, incredible value September 13, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a gorgeous copy of The Secret Garden, and the price is incredible. I bought a copy for my daughter, her best friend, my niece. Then I bought a copy to donate to my daughter's school library. And the ladies in the school office all wanted copies for their grandchildren, so I ordered copies for them as well.

The illustrations are beautiful - like something out of a fairy tale, nice size book, paper is high-quality, heavier weight. Complete, unabridged text. You can't go wrong with this book. It makes a lovely gift.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars awful narration January 5, 2011
By Julia
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My son and I listen to audio books frequently, as we have an hour commute every day. The Secret Garden is a simply wonderful story, rich in imagination, vivid details, and interesting characters. When I saw that an audio version was to be released, I pre-ordered it for Christmas. We began listening to it today, and what a complete disappointment!

Now, Finola Hughes is beautiful to look at, but the quality of her voice is just mediocre, and that's the whole point of *listening* to a book. She has the English accent, which is indeed a plus in this story, but her voice is thin and has an almost gravely quality to it, like she has just woken up or is recovering from a lingering cold.

She "reads" the story, with not much expression and strange emphasis on random words. A good audio book narrator whisks you away to the world they are reading about and you get lost on the heart of the story, almost as if you are observing it for yourself. This narration is like a kind aunt is reading you a bedtime story. The way she makes the voice for young Mary is squeaky and unrealistic and the thought that I have to listen to the entire thing for 8 hours may just cause me to drive off the road.

When looking for an audio book I suggest you look for the credentials of the reader. Stage performers are best, as they have really mastered capturing the audience with their voice, and not special effects and extreme camera close-ups. I feel let down by the publishing company who seemed to dart off to a "famous" Brit and did not require an audition. She was a Soap Opera star in the 80's and a recent reality TV show hostess on cable. I had wished they had actually hired someone who knows about inflection and character building. Shame on them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Till you find life
Great old story, I am glad I took the time to read it. It brings a since of fulfillment to your heart to know that thoughts in deed change things.
Published 4 days ago by CAS
5.0 out of 5 stars still a wonderful classic
A great story of friendship and resiliency set in ancient England but still applicable world wide and in today's times
Published 5 days ago by mary kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Share the "Secret"
I enjoyed the "Secret " to the last page. I really hated to see it end. I wanted more.
I love the stories within the story. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rosemary Ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Your Magic!
Beautiful story on it's own for the pure delight of living in the garden with three precocious children. Inspirational for anyone who thinks they can't. Read more
Published 7 days ago by L. Berkower
1.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
It was very well written and flowed smoothly. Also enjoyed the fact that it was quite similar to the Hallmark Movie. I would read other books by this author.
Published 13 days ago by Margaret J Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars a great spring read
This may be a 9-12 read, but it is also refreshing and inspiring for adults. Plus, if you are a gardener and are dieing to get outside and dig in the dirt after a long cold... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favorites
I first read this book when I was 10. I loved the story then, but just reread it recently as an adult and had a whole new appreciation for the situations and the characters! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
I loved this book. A friend said she'd read it as a child and was going to reread it. I didn't read it when I was young, and as I read it I regretted that I hadn't. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mary Mack
3.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical but outdated
The book itself is a classic, even though modern generations might have to look up every fifth word or so.
Published 1 month ago by T. Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I had not read this book in many years, but glad I revisited it. Very well written. Now must check out the movies to compare the different versions.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa S Lord
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