The Wonderful Garden
Do you believe in magic? Caroline, Charles and Charlotte do, and nothing that happens during their summer holiday at their great uncle's house does anything to diminish that belief. There the Three C.'s find a wonderful garden and some very old books, resulting in escapades which do not necessarily please the grown-ups.
E. Nesbit, as usual, transports us back to the hazy summer days of a well-to-do Edwardian childhood, liberally spiced with magic, humour and lessons learned.
Published exactly 100 years ago, this is one of her least-known children's books, out of print for many years, and with no text available online at the time of recording. Yes, it's dated. Yes, it's politically incorrect. But it is delightful nonetheless. As Gore Vidal once wrote: "...though a reading of E. Nesbit is hardly going to change the pattern of a nation, there is some evidence that the child who reads her will never be quite the same again, and that is probably a good thing." (Introduction by Ruth Golding)
No online text is currently available. The reader read from her own copy of the 1911 1st edition.
(8 hr 39 min)
|01 - The Beginning||16:32||Read by Ruth Golding|
|02 - The Manor House||23:36||Read by Ruth Golding|
|03 - The Wonderful Garden||20:21||Read by Ruth Golding|
|04 - In Thessalonians||19:56||Read by Ruth Golding|
|05 - The Midnight Adventure||21:04||Read by Ruth Golding|
|06 - Hunted||18:23||Read by Ruth Golding|
|07 - Being Detectives||28:00||Read by Ruth Golding|
|08 - The Heroine||15:33||Read by Ruth Golding|
|09 - The Morning After||25:08||Read by Ruth Golding|
|10 - Brewing the Spell||28:44||Read by Ruth Golding|
|11 - The Rosicurians||19:11||Read by Ruth Golding|
|12 - The Other Book||23:07||Read by Ruth Golding|
|13 - The Rosy Cure||18:20||Read by Ruth Golding|
|14 - The Mineral Woman||26:27||Read by Ruth Golding|
|15 - Justice||21:28||Read by Ruth Golding|
|16 - The Appeal to Caesar||28:35||Read by Ruth Golding|
|17 - The Le-o-pard||22:47||Read by Ruth Golding|
|18 - The Leopard's-Bane||26:24||Read by Ruth Golding|
|19 - F. of H.D.||29:05||Read by Ruth Golding|
|20 - The Waxen Man||18:56||Read by Ruth Golding|
|21 - The Atonement of Rupert||19:22||Read by Ruth Golding|
|22 - The Portrait||21:43||Read by Ruth Golding|
|23 - The End||27:05||Read by Ruth Golding|
What a compelling, passionate, and simply perfect reading! What a gorgeous story. Thank you so much!
Only the pure faith of a child could make magic things really happen. Ruth Golding brings out the sincerety of the Three C's and the subtle humor of the book.
Wonderful book, wonderful reading
Edith Nesbit is a favorite author and Ruth Golding reads it beautifully!
Beautifully read by Ms. Golding.
Wonderful complicated story for young adults. Beautifully read, thank you.
lovely story, exceptionally read
the reader really does bring this book alive with many lovely recording touches and perfectly cast character voices . Bravo.
a delightful story and an excellent centennialreading. thank you
Wonderful Garden, wonderful story
The reader, Ruth Golding, is fabulous. The consistency of her character voices is great, and her soft well modulated voice compliments the book's dreamy atmosphere. Ruth, the author would very happy indeed with your work. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)