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The Language of Flowers Audiobook

The Language of Flowers: A Novel

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.
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Publisher's Summary

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now 18 and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what's been missing in her life, and when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

©2011 Vanessa Diffenbaugh (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“As a foster care survivor, I feel a kinship with Victoria Jones as she battles loss and risk and her own thorny demons to find redemption. Vanessa Diffenbaugh has given us a deeply human character to root for, and a heart-wrenching story with insight and compassion to spare.” (Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife)

"The Language of Flowers is a primer for the language of love. Vanessa Diffenbaugh deftly gathers themes of maternal love, forgiveness and redemption in an unforgettable literary bouquet. Book clubs will swoon!" (Adriana Trigiani, author of Very Valentine and Don’t Sing at the Table)

“A deftly powerful story of finding your way home, even after you’ve burned every bridge behind you. The Language of Flowers took my heart apart, chapter by chapter, then reassembled the broken pieces in better working condition - I loved this book.” (Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet )

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    Tori Winston-Salem, NC United States 08-20-13
    Tori Winston-Salem, NC United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Love books with a lot of heart. Deep character development and intelligent writers.

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    "Entertaining story"
    Where does The Language of Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It held my interest throughout the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    I liked the foster mother.


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?


    She did an excellent job


    Who was the most memorable character of The Language of Flowers and why?


    I liked the flower shop owner.


    Any additional comments?

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    anastasia Westfield, NJ, United States 08-01-13
    anastasia Westfield, NJ, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Secret languages of flowers is a wonderful benefit"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was a typical love story of a poor girl lost in the world making good on her life, but the author was able to weave into the story these wonderful elements of the language of flowers. I never knew there was such a history of types of flowers for different emotions and desires. Very interesting and well performed.


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    Polly DALLAS, TX, United States 03-11-13
    Polly DALLAS, TX, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love or Hate Victoria"
    What made the experience of listening to The Language of Flowers the most enjoyable?

    Amazing insight into growing up, basically on your own. Along with getting the voice right for Victoria.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language of Flowers?

    The gathering of moss for the crib and where Victoria goes with ...(don't want to give it away)


    Have you listened to any of Tara Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, have not listened to Ms. Sands, but enjoyed her Victoria voice, very believable.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Language of Flowers and why?

    Elizabeth, because like many a mother, she wasn't perfect.


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    Gabriela Maura Tucson, AZ 03-10-13
    Gabriela Maura Tucson, AZ 03-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It was just okay."
    What would have made The Language of Flowers better?

    I don't think I've ever disliked the main character in a book before, but I ended up disliking Victoria as an adult. I got her anger and aloofness as a child, but couldn't stand it as she grew up. At the point when she got pregnant and ended her relationship with Grant, my interest in the book ended. I listened to the rest just to finish the book. I may have had a different experience had I read it, but I did not find the story engaging. Sorry!


    Has The Language of Flowers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Sands’s performance?

    It wasn't Tara Sand's performance - it was just that I didn't like the main character.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was delightful learning about the meaning of flowers.


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    Martha 03-06-13
    Martha 03-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Sappy, chick story"
    What disappointed you about The Language of Flowers?

    I found the main character unrealistic and unlikable. Her actions just did not make sense other than that she was selfish and made poor decisions. I could tell what was going to happen next. The flower theme became tiresome and empty. Very overrated sappy chick book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    That is all by John Hodgeman


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    She is a great reader, expressive, clear. I would listen to something she read again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The flower thing had some promise and the author does write nice prose, I just could not stand the overly romantic, overly emotional story line. I could not figure out why the supporting characters seemed to like the main character who gave them little to latch on to.


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    Sue Dorick Taylor Keego Harbor, MI, US 02-25-13
    Sue Dorick Taylor Keego Harbor, MI, US 02-25-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I work with kids, so it was interesting to hear Victoria's responses to situations.


    What aspect of Tara Sands’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It ran the gamut of emotions, laughter, sadness, empathy, tears.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I had a book skip chapters. Each time at the beginning of listening, the book skipped 1-2 chapters. Also, the chapter numbers(auditorially) did not match those listed, which made it hard to get back.

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    Theresa Flagstaff, AZ, United States 02-19-13
    Theresa Flagstaff, AZ, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, worthwhile read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Flowers to be better than the print version?

    I actually had both the audio and print version of the book and switched on and off depending on the situation. The audio was great...when I switched to print I would hear the audio voices in my head! My only complaint with the audio is that it was slow. I could read the book much faster.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Flowers to and why?

    I'm not sure. It's quite a unique story. I think if you liked The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, you'd like this book. They're the same type of read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but learning about the meaning of each flower variety was really interesting. I haven't looked at flowers the same since.


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    Tracie Englewood, CO, United States 02-15-13
    Tracie Englewood, CO, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable."
    What made the experience of listening to The Language of Flowers the most enjoyable?

    The author made of a rather common topic a very enjoyable reading experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language of Flowers?

    The reunion of Elizabeth and Victoria after many years of absence from each other's life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not a particular one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry at times, but for the most part, wonder over the possibilities of events such as those described may occur.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is not a master-piece, but in keeping with today's writing trends, I think this is better than many. I wished the narrator had more dynamic and more interest in better reding, though I could tolerate her, at times< monotone style.

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    suzanne 02-08-13
    suzanne 02-08-13
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    "A little overkill"
    What did you like best about The Language of Flowers? What did you like least?

    The author's story line of the magic the main charater brings to others through her use of flowers. Very inspiring. Least? The character's painful lives and poor choices dominate the pages. They cannot get past their past, a bit depressing.


    What was most disappointing about Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s story?

    Too much time spent on the total naivete of the characters and their poor decisions.


    What three words best describe Tara Sands’s voice?

    flat, monotone, mumbly Perfect for the for dark characters in the book.


    Do you think The Language of Flowers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. couldn't bear to see how painful the future might be


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the idea of the flower language. Narrator's performance perfectly depicted the characters personalities.

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    Melinda Greenberg Cincinnati, Ohio 02-06-13
    Melinda Greenberg Cincinnati, Ohio 02-06-13

    Just your average bookworm.. love reading books physically, but with work and school, audiobooks are a great alternative. I host a book club, and I few of us are avid listeners. I listen while I clean, drive, and workout. Great hobby!

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    "very good"
    Would you listen to The Language of Flowers again? Why?

    Definitely. Great narrator. Matched the characters well.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Flowers to and why?

    White Oleander... troubled girl in foster-home-hell.


    Have you listened to any of Tara Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really hated the main character a lot of the book, and my heart cried out for the child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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