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Flowers in the Attic Audiobook

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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    Kindle Customer 12-11-12

    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. :)

    12 of 15 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 2015
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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 14 people found this review helpful
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    bianca United States 04-28-12
    bianca United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2014

    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 3 people found this review helpful
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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 7 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 12-16-15
    AudioAddict 12-16-15

    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!

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    "Absolutely HATED this book. It's AWFUL!"

    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.

    4 of 6 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 2015
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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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 12-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Something hauntingly different"

    The story of Greed. The novel tells of how greed can completely change a person and ruin everything precious in one's life. The struggle of children to remain innocent in a corrupt world when thrown into the worse of circumstances.
    This story is hard to pull yourself away from, because of those children. What will be their fate?
    The narration could have been better, Carrie's voice was very annoying, but for the most part it's an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Cruel and loving..how could it be both?"

    The sexual encounter between siblings was immoral. The story was riveting otherwise. Sad and cruel however the ending give a sense of hope, anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teilia 10-19-15
    Teilia 10-19-15 Member Since 2015

    Hi, im 25 and I love to read books dat relates to me bout wat I going thru in life.

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    "Wow"

    OMG is all I can say like whoa but I like this story wat a twist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    melanie 09-16-15
    melanie 09-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Every bit as creepy as I remember."

    I read this book when it came out 35 yrs ago (OMG ....is that possible?) As a young woman, it was scary, sad, creepy and a bit shocking.
    It still is.
    I don't care for female narrators as a rule, and this is no exception. Her interpretation of the small childrens' voices was irritating and the evil grandmother could have been much more menacing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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