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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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!
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.
Read this series as a teenager and am now enjoying it again as a 30 something.
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 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.
haunting, intriging and disturbing
I have always loved this story. Creepy but classic
the little girls voice Cari was like nails on a chalk board
when they watch from the train
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.
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!
I ENJOY AUDIOBOOKS BETTER THAN WRITEN AS VISION IS A PROBLEM. ALSO IT IS MORE ENTERTAINING TO HAVE THE STORY READ TO ME.
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.
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.
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.
I WISH THE OHTER BOOKS IN THE SERIES WERE AUDIO UNABRIDGED TOO.
Perhaps there was a reason this was a bestseller in its time, but the language, style and content are so incredibly dated that it was painful to listen to.
Controversial, but (oh so) good!
Hmm... Well, (SPOILERS FOR THIS PART) I really liked the Grandmother oddly enough. She was just so sharp and witty, but at the same time, I immensely sympathised with Cathy and Chris in this situation. I must say that I hated the mother from the start and knew there was something weird about them. That being said, my favourite character is... Cory, the little boy. I thought he was a whiny little brat from the start, but I grew to love and care for him, which is what I look for in a book. (When he complained that his bones hurt shortly before he died, I was on the verge of tears).
Definitely the emotion. I read rather monotonously, but Alyssa made the story perfect! Now I'm listening to Petals on the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic
I was shocked by the whole story while they were in the attic, and I almost cried toward the end when Cory began to grow sick. I spent the whole book wanting so badly for both the mother and grandmother to be killed; not locked up as Carrie suggests, but completely killed.
I was a little shocked by the incest, but again, it's something that goes on around us every day, and also I guess it's not so bizarre when you think about the ages of the children and being locked up. (The incest in book 2 seems worse, and Chris sounds desperate for sex, he is 18 then).
It's the first book I recall reading that has ever been "banned." This was my first time reading it, and I really enjoyed it. The narrator was perfect for the story, and V. C. Andrews did a fantastic job writing it. I certainly look forward to reading her other novels (both hers and the ones that were ghost-written). I'm listening to Petals on the Wind now, and it's just as pleasing, in both story and in performance from the narrator. No complaints, and no regrets.
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