Elizabeth and her German Garden


Read by ashleighjane

(4.4 stars; 30 reviews)

Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, first published in 1898; it was very popular and frequently reprinted during the early years of the 20th century. The story is a year's diary written by the protagonist Elizabeth about her experiences learning gardening and interacting with her friends. It includes commentary on the beauty of nature and on society, but is primarily humorous due to Elizabeth's frequent mistakes and her idiosyncratic outlook on life. She looked down upon the frivolous fashions of her time writing "I believe all needlework and dressmaking is of the devil, designed to keep women from study.' The book is the first in a series about the same character. It is noteworthy for being published without a named author. (Summary by Wikipedia) (4 hr 52 min)

Chapters

01 - May 7th 17:09 Read by ashleighjane
02 - May 10th 6:28 Read by ashleighjane
03 - May 14th 10:46 Read by ashleighjane
04 - May 15th 2:11 Read by ashleighjane
05 - May 16th 11:55 Read by ashleighjane
06 - June 3rd 10:59 Read by ashleighjane
07 - July 11th 12:53 Read by ashleighjane
08 - September 15th 5:50 Read by ashleighjane
09 - November 11th 1:00:08 Read by ashleighjane
10 - November 20th 16:38 Read by ashleighjane
11 - December 7th 11:33 Read by ashleighjane
12 - December 22nd 24:35 Read by ashleighjane
13 - December 27th 13:44 Read by ashleighjane
14 - January 1st 28:39 Read by ashleighjane
15 - January 15th 18:54 Read by ashleighjane
16 - January 28th 31:38 Read by ashleighjane
17 - April 18th 8:57 Read by ashleighjane

Reviews

Beautiful and quietly funny


(5 stars)

Read with clarity and expression. A truly delightful exploration of being alone in beautiful spaces. and of suffering the annoyance of visitors and gardens. The innocence of the narration with occasional errors of pronunciation add a certain pleasure to the listening, which once adjusted to, I would not have been without. I enjoyed it almost as much as An enchanted April. The description of her husband sits somewhere between reluctant acceptance of his stupidity and mocking delight in his closed minded arrogance. I look forward as a result to more of this in Vera. No one describes a baby, a bird or a burdensome husband as well as Elizabeth Von Arnem. Highly recommended. If you enjoyed the early chapters of " As I walked out one mid summer morning" then you will enjoy this.


(5 stars)

I very much enjoyed listening to the marvel and detail of Elizabeth’s German garden. This book is a gem! All recordings are clear, and the reader’s voice is a lovely addition.


(3.5 stars)

the reader grew on me over time. the book itself is wonderful for anyone who loves a garden, but I can see how it might be a bit dull for others.

Sprightly story, well read.


(4.5 stars)

Anyone who has installed or updated a garden will appreciate this short novel.

Different kind of story


(5 stars)

This was a cute little story and quite funny at times.

Very sweet reading of a delightful book


(5 stars)

So glad I found this book and reader.


(3.5 stars)

I enjoyed listening to the story. I will look for more stories by Elizabeth.

Sweet Story


(5 stars)

Lovely little book with so much great understated humor.