Elle Edwards, who has been told she's a product of her mother's sinful mistake, has never gone to school, never met a teenager her own age, never even been allowed off her grandparents' property. Convinced that their granddaughter is infected with evil, Myra and Prescott Edwards believe that only the harshest child-rearing methods will prevent Elle from becoming an instrument of the devil. When Elle's mother finally returns home and tells a different story of her daughter's conception, Elle worries her grandparents are right. But with the help of a handsome boy vacationing nearby, Elle is finally about to discover the truth about her past....
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Energetic voice but did not sound as if she was on speed. Also did not try to fake a male voice
The Hidden Child
Audiobook narrator in my own right, I'm a voracious listener of anything & everything. I'm a sponge, absorbing entertainment & the craft!
200 less pages!
Not at all. There is something very gothic and old fashioned about the way V. C. Andrews's books play out, even if it isn't really her anymore. It's a modern-ish story with a 100 year old feel if that makes sense. It's quite charming!
There was not much I cared for in the performance. Ms. Cottle sounded like a high schooler being asked to read aloud in English class. There was very little inflection and everything seemed to run together in a monotone. The voices, while uninteresting, were at least infused with some decent acting, which saved things somewhat, but over all, I'd have to say, boring, boring, boring. I'd probably not listen to anything narrated by her again. However, the material could also have been the problem. Perhaps she didn't really have writing that would let her stretch her wings.
Everything written under the V. C. Andrews name in the last 15 years seems full of boring details that don't advance the story. Series could be condensed into half their length and this book alone should have been a novella. I couldn't care less about the long conversations about nothing that Elle has with Mason and Claudine. The prologue and first chapter are nearly interchangeable and cover the same information over and over and over. Perhaps physically reading the book would have helped, but the narrator just made me extra bored. Nothing picked up and got interesting until the last handful of chapters. I don't feel the payoff really made the whole book worth listening to. The older books are MUCH better!!
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