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Flowers in the Attic | [V.C. Andrews®]

Flowers in the Attic

This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.
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This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

©1979 Virginia Andrews® (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Marthe REDWOOD FALLS, MN, United States 03-12-12
    Marthe REDWOOD FALLS, MN, United States 03-12-12
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flowers in the Attic to be better than the print version?

    Yes, audible was better. I could see the characters and the surroundings much more vividlly in my mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all


    Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan’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?

    cry


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the other books in the series were on audible as well. It was dissapointing to find out that they were not.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mindy CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 04-11-12
    Mindy CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A classic worth hearing read!"

    I read this as a girl of 15 and could relate to Cathy D. which is probably why I loved the book so much. This book was banned in many schools in the eighties and beyond for the incestuous scenes in the book, while disturbing (as she ment it to be) it was really a small part of a terrifing tale of straife in the lives of these children. There has also been a lot of controversy over whether or not this is a true story. Most of those rumors started after her pitch to get the book published included a quote saying: "This is a fiction novel of a true story", some in the family say she wrote it after meeting a doctor in a hospital who told her a story of himself and three siblings living in an attic for 6 years (which was shortened to 3 in the book for "belivability") to preserve the family wealth. It was never confirmed.

    A small exerpt from her bio...

    Virginia C. Andrews died on the 19th of December, 1986, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 63 years old. She was buried in Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth, Virginia, where she spent her most beloved childhood years. At the time of her death, her accomplishments as a writer were great. She had over 24 million books in print and her books were translated into Dutch, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, and Turkish. Her estate was estimated at about $8 million. A film version of her cult-classic first novel Flowers in the Attic, was released in 1987 by Fries Entertainment/New World Pictures. This film brought her dreams of being an actress to realization when Virginia appeared in a silent cameo as a window-scrubbing maid.

    Two more novels were published after her death: Garden of Shadows, a prequel to Flowers, and Fallen Hearts, the third chapter of the Casteel series. With these novels, the Andrews family declared that more of Virginia's completed stories would be published in the future. Five years before her death, Virginia told the Washington Post that she had created synopses for sixty-three other stories, not including those that were already in print. The Casteel series was brought to a memorable close with Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams.

    A public letter written by the Andrews family (printed in the novels, beginning with Dawn) revealed that the family was "working closely with a carefully selected writer" to expand and continue the story-telling genius of V.C. Andrews. The identity of this writer had been kept a secret from the general public at the request of the Andrews family for years, but it's hard to hold on to a secret that big. The ghostwriter has since been identified as horror novelist Andrew Neiderman. Beginning with the later novels of the Casteel series, this new writer has worked hard to carry the torch that Virginia left burning brightly with a fire that her devoted readers refuse to extinguish.

    That about says it!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 12-11-12
    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2007

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "Memories, 1st Book to Freak Me Out! I was only 13."

    I have no idea, how at the age of 13, I managed to get my hands on this book. But I did, and I became completely obsessed with it.
    I read it so much, that my Mother took it away from me. She said "I acted different and strange" while I was reading it.

    She must not have read "Flowers" before me. Because there is NO WAY she would have allowed me anywhere near this book. What with the child abuse, the incestuous affair, the murdered child, not to mention, the poisoning of the three legged pet mouse . I wouldn't let my kids read it either.

    So, imagine my surprise to find "Flowers In The Attic" while checking out the New Release page on Audible. All those old, strange feelings came rushing back. So, of course, I bought the book, downloaded it, and began listening right there and then. All the while feeling the familiar naughtiness of my youth. Like sneaking to the candy store without telling anyone (which I did a lot) .

    What are my thoughts and reactions to "Flowers" after all the time that has passed? Well first, I can't believe how much I remember from the story. I can still picture the characters exactly how I saw them as my younger self. And second, I'm amazed how well this story, which was written in the late 70's, has held up to the test of time. It's still a sad and very interesting tale of love, loss, and the ultimate betrayal.

    Would I recommend it? Yes, it's credit worthy. Alyssa Bresnahan is an experienced and talented narrator. Which as fellow audiobook readers, we know, can make or break even the best written books out there.

    FYI : While listening to this book, I acted "different and strange ". But no one noticed. :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ashley SANDY, UTAH, United States 03-26-12
    ashley SANDY, UTAH, United States 03-26-12
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    "Love the old classics"
    If you could sum up Flowers in the Attic in three words, what would they be?

    haunting, intriging and disturbing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always loved this story. Creepy but classic


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the little girls voice Cari was like nails on a chalk board


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when they watch from the train


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 10-29-12
    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Weird book..."

    I had heard about this book when I was younger and finally decided to "read" it. I wouldn't read it again and I don't recommend it. The story was told well and I was glued to listening to this book to find out what happened but it was a pretty warped story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    stacey edmonds, wa, United States 05-04-12
    stacey edmonds, wa, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010

    Book Freak!!

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    "A great re-read"
    What made the experience of listening to Flowers in the Attic the most enjoyable?

    Read this series as a teenager and am now enjoying it again as a 30 something.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bianca United States 04-28-12
    bianca United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Hi my name is Bianca and I am a avid reader. I love all types of genres and read all the time. I am a book worm and always will be one.

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    "Page turner. Full of suspense and heartbreak."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book keeps your attention.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I always wanted to know what happened next.


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

    no I haven't but I will.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The title flowers in the attic. It's catchy.


    Any additional comments?

    I love anything by V. C. Andrews. I hope you get other books by her too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-29-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "I ENJOYED THIS BOOK IMMENSELY."
    What made the experience of listening to Flowers in the Attic the most enjoyable?

    I ENJOY AUDIOBOOKS BETTER THAN WRITEN AS VISION IS A PROBLEM. ALSO IT IS MORE ENTERTAINING TO HAVE THE STORY READ TO ME.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I READ THE STORY YEARS AGO SO I KNEW IT. BUT IT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE. THERE WERE MANY PARTS OF THE BOOK THAT WERE SORT OF EERIE.


    What does Alyssa Bresnahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    FIRST OF ALL, SHE READ TO ME--THAT WAY I DON'T MISS A WORD. I LIKED HER READING TOO. IT WAS PLEASANT AND DONE WELL.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    WHEN CHRIS WENT DOWN INVESTIGATING THE HOUSE BY HIMSELF THE FIRST TIME. ALSO I FOUND THE ENDING WHEN CHRIS WAS EXPLAINING WHAT HE FOUND ON HIS LAST TRIP OUT OF THE LOCKED ROOM VERY INTERESTING AND IT EXPLAINED ANYTHING THAT WAS LEFT UNANSWERED.


    Any additional comments?

    I WISH THE OHTER BOOKS IN THE SERIES WERE AUDIO UNABRIDGED TOO.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Western, WA 06-13-14
    Betty Western, WA 06-13-14 Member Since 2011

    diverduck

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    "Damn you to hell mama!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is narrated well. I would only buy it if you read the book and liked it. It is a bit trashy and most fans of VC Andrews will be the first to admit her books are trashy and smutty on a PG-13 level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lu howard 06-11-14
    Lu howard 06-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enticing story/bad performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Flowers in the Attic the most enjoyable?

    I've read this series before a very long time ago. The reader takes a lot away from the story. It is a sad story however you can't always have a woebegone voice when depicting characters and situations. Can you imagine this as a play or movie and every line the actors say is full of dread? Very, very bad performance


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performances?

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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