Controversial, but (oh so) good!
Hmm... Well, (SPOILERS FOR THIS PART) I really liked the Grandmother oddly enough. She was just so sharp and witty, but at the same time, I immensely sympathised with Cathy and Chris in this situation. I must say that I hated the mother from the start and knew there was something weird about them. That being said, my favourite character is... Cory, the little boy. I thought he was a whiny little brat from the start, but I grew to love and care for him, which is what I look for in a book. (When he complained that his bones hurt shortly before he died, I was on the verge of tears).
Definitely the emotion. I read rather monotonously, but Alyssa made the story perfect! Now I'm listening to Petals on the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic
I was shocked by the whole story while they were in the attic, and I almost cried toward the end when Cory began to grow sick. I spent the whole book wanting so badly for both the mother and grandmother to be killed; not locked up as Carrie suggests, but completely killed.
I was a little shocked by the incest, but again, it's something that goes on around us every day, and also I guess it's not so bizarre when you think about the ages of the children and being locked up. (The incest in book 2 seems worse, and Chris sounds desperate for sex, he is 18 then).
It's the first book I recall reading that has ever been "banned." This was my first time reading it, and I really enjoyed it. The narrator was perfect for the story, and V. C. Andrews did a fantastic job writing it. I certainly look forward to reading her other novels (both hers and the ones that were ghost-written). I'm listening to Petals on the Wind now, and it's just as pleasing, in both story and in performance from the narrator. No complaints, and no regrets.
You got more involved with the characters then you would if you just read the book.
The Child Called It. The only comparsion is the child abuse, but that is stretching it.
All the kids, and truly the mother and the grandmother. Don't get me wrong I didn't like what they were doing but the way she read it was fantastic.
Please, please get the rest of this series on audible book. I enjoyed listening to the first two and I would love to be able to listen to the others.
I saw this movie many years ago, so when I saw the book it was a no-brainer to purchase. The book, as is normally the case, was so much more enjoyable than the movie. I was surprised at just how true to the book the movie was though.
The story itself will make you angry at times but shows the power of a child's love and trust toward a parent.
The narrator was good, I didn't like her imitation of the small child voice but other than that I found the narration to be good, the story entertaining and overall it was a good book.
I would recommend if you are looking for something different on a long drive.
There needs to be a great big trigger warning at the beginning of all of VC Andrews books. Child abuse, rape, incest, domestic violence, pedophelia, greed, revenge....that's what they're all about. Most of the characters are completely unlikeable.
That said, this series is a guilty pleasure of mine and the narrator does a great job with some seriously deranged material.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
The plot, the setting, the whole story.
Yes. The storyline is too good to look away.
This was the first book I listened to by her and I loved it. She did an excellent job!
This was the first series I read as a teenager that really had depth to it. I read it 5 times between age 15 and 18 but haven't read it since. Since Lifetime is doing a remake of the movie I decided to get the audiobook. I forgot how much I LOVE this story!!!! And at age 35 there's so much more that I'm getting from this book than when I was 15 to 18 years old.
I read this book over twenty years ago. When I saw that Lifetime is having a movie following this book in January I thought I better read it again. So i chose to get it on Audio and listen to it. Keep in mind this book was written in the seventies. It was a nice change after reading The Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me etc. It takes me back to the ground of writting! This story line is quiet the story for the seventies and must have turned some heads and reviews back in the day. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. I couldn't believe how much of it I have forgotten. Recommended book.
I wouldn't say the plot keeps you on the edge of you seat, but you are drawn to want to keep going in the aspect that you want to know what happens to these kids and you are overwhelmed wondering how the adults could do the things they have done. It's a page turner!
mid range, not the best but i did enjoy it in a strange way
So many parts moved me. I dont want to spoil it for others by describing them.
The book was very memorable.The story and mood stayed with me for a good while. I felt sad and solemn during the reading, but felt compelled to keep listening. As a mother It hurt my heart. After finishing the book I had a lot of questions. some things just didnt add up to me.
This is one of the first books I ever read at 13 years old (I dont think it is appropriate for a 13 year old though . . . maybe 15 and older would be better) . . . I have loved V.C. Andrews ever since and was very upset when she passed on . . . I know they still write under her name but the newer books are not as good as the older ones . . . I hope Audible.com gets more of her books on Audio . . . I hope they finish this series and also get the series Heaven . . . Please Please Please . . . Story is dark and great . . . narrator did a good job. Recommend this book for all V.C. Andrews fans!
Please get the last two books in this series and also bring Heaven to Audiobooks!
I have read all her older books at least five times in thirty years. I now have listened to the Audible version at least twice. To here the story being told versus reading it allows you to truly connect with the characters and the stories.
When their mother came back and acted like they were in the wrong for wanting a normal life and that she thought they were selfish. But there are many other parts I love just as much.
Cathy of course, as this is her story.
I wish they would convert all her older books into an audible format for a reasonable price. Her older books are so good. While I enjoyed a few of the books published after her death, they simply can't accomplish what she did.
This is pretty high! And I've listened to The Help, Twilight Series, Emily Giffin, Sookie series, Shopaholic series, Plum series, and stand alone stories.
I remembered the movie, but was a child when it came out. There were parts not surprising, but I listened for clarification.
Great narrator. I've listened to other narrations.
I knew enough about the story, but I became a little obsessed with what happens now. So I will be getting the next installment. I also had a better understanding as to why the grandmother was so harsh. I almost felt sympathy for her, almost.
This was a great book. It has become a classic in its own way. And it made me want to watch the movie again.