I was curious about this title because I knew it was prolific. I did not expect the exact story that unfolded but I did not dislike it. The narrator read quite slowly so I did have to increase the speed or else I would have gotten irritated. I'm intrigued enough with the ending to read the next in the series.
I read this book about 30 years ago. The series was one of my favorites. I decided tread it again and enjoyed it just as much!!
I've been listening to audiobooks since I was a little kid wandering the house, dragging a toddler-proof Playskool tape player behind me.
This isn't just American Gothic, it's almost a tragedy in the classical sense. It's maybe a little dated, but it hits hard, and then keeps on hitting.
All throughout, I kept thinking how odd it was that it reminded me of Game of Thrones, not even for the family focus as much for the sheer relentlessness of it. But while G.R.R. does things on a sprawling scale, V.C. Andrews focuses on one family, and then deals out the drama with minute precision. It's like getting whacked with a club vs. being sliced with a scalpel.
Wanted to look away, but kept coming back for more.
I was captivated by this book, not knowing what lay ahead. I could not stop listening to it at night, or while heading home, or while working on assignments. This story made me feel hate, anger, joy, sadness, and so much more...
Why anyone would want to listen to a story about children getting abused is far beyond my comprehension. This was so depressing. Skipped most of the middle chapters. I truly hated it. On the brighter side, the narrator did a very decent job.
I would listen/read this book a thousand times over. It is slow at first, but once it picks up I assure you that it will always be on your mind. It was so well written I could see myself as the main character, and the issues that these characters find themselves in will forever be etched in my mind.