Elizabeth and her German Garden

Read by ashleighjane

(4.5 stars; 37 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)


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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.

I love Elizabeth

(5 stars)

In fact, this book changed my life. I became obsessed by this author, had to find out all about her (no easy task), and hunt down all of her books (a very difficult task), and I eventually became a member of the Elizabeth von Arnim society! So. As to this reading? I really enjoyed it, even some of the quirky pronunciations. Thank you!

(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.

I enjoy the humor

(5 stars)

It is so enjoyablable to listen to this book. So much fun is had in the story.

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.