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If There Be Thorns: Dollanganger, Book 3 | [V. C. Andrews]

If There Be Thorns: Dollanganger, Book 3

Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for 14-year-old Jory - so handsome, so gentle. And for Bart, who had such a dazzling imagination for a nine-year-old. Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "Grandmother". And soon Bart's transformation began....
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Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for 14-year-old Jory - so handsome, so gentle. And for Bart, who had such a dazzling imagination for a nine-year-old.

Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "Grandmother". And soon Bart's transformation began....

Fed by the hint of terrible things about his mother and father...leading him into shocking acts of violence. Now while this little boy trembles on the edge of madness, his anguished parents await the climax to a horror that flowered in an attic long ago, a horror whose thorns are still wet with blood, still tipped with fire.

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    Sean 08-28-15
    Sean 08-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very captivating"

    I've read the first two books in this series and, so far, this one (the third of five) was the best. The story keeps moving and answers a lot of questions the first two bring about in the readers. The narrator does a great job and makes listening a pleasure.

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    Andrea 08-03-15
    Andrea 08-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Drama Made Moot by Dull Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt like the only real reason why I finished the book was just the commitment I already put into listening to the book. The narration was very dull and boring. I found myself zoning out of the book and not wanting to replay the scene.


    If you’ve listened to books by V. C. Andrews before, how does this one compare?

    The first two Dollanganger books were magnificent. They were really enthralling, the narration easy to listen to and I was completely engulfed in the series. This one was just made disappointing because of the narrator. The book itself was okay - it seemed like a tv soap opera twist and turn. The actually story could have been completed in half the book's time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just another narrator altogether. This guy was so boring I felt like I was in science class listening to a boring lecture.


    Could you see If There Be Thorns being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    TV series probably because it's so dramatic.


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    tammy gerner 07-18-15
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    "addicting!"

    love V.C. Andrews!!!! listening to all of them!!! very happy with audio..worth every penny! 5 stars!!

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    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 05-19-15
    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    Very well read...i can't wait to hear the rest...so far I have not been disappointed.

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    angel perdue 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent book!"

    the flowers in the attic series is one of my all time favorites, and if there be thorns kept me listing every chance I got!

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    Patrice 02-15-15
    Patrice 02-15-15
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    "Listen for Yourself!"

    I couldn't decide if I really wanted this book, but I'm do glad I got it. My interest was renewed when Lifetime brought the series to life again. This book reminds me of my youth and my secret obsessions. It also reminds me that every seed you SOW, will produce a flower or a weed and they each need water and the sun to survive. The end of the book was not predictable, but expected. I thought every character experienced their highs and lows and eventually went out with a bang. We must remember that as each book passes by, that Kathy and Chris are getting older and their story is passing on, a new generation of Foxworths are in control, waiting to reveal their secrets.

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    Frieda Oakwood, GA 02-09-15
    Frieda Oakwood, GA 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this series!!"
    What made the experience of listening to If There Be Thorns the most enjoyable?

    VC Andrews is the type of writer that really holds my attention, not just anyone can do that!!


    Have you listened to any of Corey Brill and Joy Osmanski ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't care for the voice of Corey Brill, but still kept me interested.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of emotions...sadness, some laughter, anger etc...


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    VampSlayer0 California, United States 12-27-14
    VampSlayer0 California, United States 12-27-14

    Audiobook narrator in my own right, I'm a voracious listener of anything & everything. I'm a sponge, absorbing entertainment & the craft!

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    "If There Be Thorns" has always seemed like the dark horse of the Dollanganger series to me. I've read the series many many times in the last 20 years and always I dread this book, yet come away having enjoyed it, only to forget the enjoyment as I approach it the next time. The two preceding books just eclipse everything! Fresh from finishing this third installment, I'll write this review and say that it really is a great story. Since it's from Jory's and Bart's point of view (the only Andrews book to feature male main characters), you have to approach it almost as a stand alone book. Though you know all the back story, the lead characters don't. There really is some masterful handling of Bart's growing mental decline and brainwashing making for some seriously disturbing and creepy moments! The book is great! Corey Brill as narrator does take some getting used to. (Joy Osmanski is barely heard at the start and finish so I can't really say anything there.) His narration isn't the best but it grows on you. He doesn't have enough range to play 14 years old and 9 years old effectively, in my opinion. His vocal quality sounds a good deal older and at times it was bothersome! He also mispronounces common words which also troubled me, though the most troubling was that he could never decide whether Jory's last name was (the commonly accepted) Mar-KET or Mar-KAY. I can't believe that the producer or director didn't correct him. And if he produced it himself, which a lot of audiobook narrators do nowadays, someone should have checked for quality control! It's still nice to see these books finally getting audio productions! If you've listened to the masterful productions of "Flowers In The Attic" and "Petals On The Wind" before this one, don't be undecided! Get "If There Be Thorns"! It's different, but worth it!

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