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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QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
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. :)
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!
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.
Yes. This book keeps your attention.
Yes. I always wanted to know what happened next.
no I haven't but I will.
The title flowers in the attic. It's catchy.
I love anything by V. C. Andrews. I hope you get other books by her too.
Yes, audible was better. I could see the characters and the surroundings much more vividlly in my mind.
I wish the other books in the series were on audible as well. It was dissapointing to find out that they were not.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Audible calls this a mystery/suspense. ,Ha! LOL! While there are some aspects that you don't know upfront, that's true of any book, or why would we ever read anything? I'd call this a story that's about 14 hours too long, that is extremely dull or, alternatively, horribly dark and depressing. Tried to give it 0 stars but Audible won't let me. I don't usually write reviews with spoilers, but I feel it's necessary to explain just how horrible this book is.
**SPOILERS** In a nutshell, it's about four children who live in their grandparents' attic for 3 1/2 years. Their mother hides them there because their grandfather doesn't know of their existence. If he finds out, the mother will not inherit his millions when he dies. For about 8 book-hours the children are hopeful and their mother visits regularly. The grandmother verbally abuses and threatens them. She is a religious fanatic, and calls them Devil Spawn. The older kids "parent" the younger ones, and all four entertain themselves with junk in the attic. They paint it to make it more cheerful, and they make paper "Flowers in the Attic." But I must repeat, you will listen to 8 long hours of children entertaining themselves in an attic...
The next 8 hours are just as awful, but instead of boring they become dark and depressing. The mother visits less and less, eventually once every month or so. The kids are always sick, and one eventually dies of pneumonia. The younger ones' are scrawny and underdeveloped, and their heads appear too large and heavy for their bodies. The older kids become sexually inquisitive, and at one point there is actual brother-sister sex. The kids are beaten, and one time grandma punishes them by giving them no food for a week. The oldest boy slashes his wrist so the others can drink his blood for nourishment. They also eat rats. Another time the grandma thinks the oldest girl is vain, so she drugs all the children and puts tar in her hair. So, anyway, after 8 hours of listening to kids play, you get another 8 hours of them suffering.
The final hour or so is still awful, but at least things start to wrap up. The kids learn their grandfather died about a year ago, and their mother has remarried and moved away. They also learn why they've been so sick. Grandma has been poisoning them, and their mother knew! Okay. So they finally sneak out of the house and manage to board a nearby train. The book ends with grandma looking out their attic window as the train pulls away. The end. Finally!
PERFORMANCE - The book is told in first person by Cathy, the oldest daughter, who is about 13-17 years old during her years in the attic. The narrator sounded about 40. She does an okay job, but Audible should have made a better choice.
OVERALL - There is no cursing, but there is the abovementioned violence and sex. If this book had been about 14 hours shorter, it might have been tolerable. Maybe. It would have been a message about the resilience of children, adolescence, and a lesson about greed. There would have also been the shock factor of the whole situation. But 17 hours for this book was waaaaaaaaay too long. I can't believe 70% of Amazon readers rated this book 5 stars, and the average Audible overall rating was 4.1. Oh, and there's a sequel named Petals in the Wind, which apparently picks up after the kids make their escape. Definitely not going to go there. I don't recommend this book for anyone, much less its sequal.
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.
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.
I recommend this book because it constantly pulls at your heart strings.
I liked best the picture of perfection at the beginning and the maturity, logic and sheer survival that won over circumstance at the end.
So many! There was a sweet moment when the mother found out she was pregnant. That was the height of how good it gets. Then to watch it all crumble....heart wrenching but most captivating.
I was touched by the natural instinct in the older children to care for the younger ones. It was very pure and undefiled.
I greatly enjoyed the narration of Alyssa Bresnahan. She ranks as one of the best!
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