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Publisher's Summary

Elle Edwards, who has been told she's a product of her mother's sinful mistake, has never gone to school, never met a teenager her own age, never even been allowed off her grandparents' property. Convinced that their granddaughter is infected with evil, Myra and Prescott Edwards believe that only the harshest child-rearing methods will prevent Elle from becoming an instrument of the devil. When Elle's mother finally returns home and tells a different story of her daughter's conception, Elle worries her grandparents are right. But with the help of a handsome boy vacationing nearby, Elle is finally about to discover the truth about her past....

©2014 Vanda General Partnership (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Loved the narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Energetic voice but did not sound as if she was on speed. Also did not try to fake a male voice

If you could rename The Unwelcomed Child, what would you call it?

The Hidden Child

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Great Story and Narration Recommended!

The Unwelcomed Child another great listen from V.C. Andrews. Narration by Elizabeth Cottle is excellent. Highly Recommend

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Loved it!

V.C Andrews is my favorite author. This was an awesome book and the girl who read it was really good too!

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Well Worth the Read

Reminded me of my childhood. Eerily similar. acurate to the subtle atmosphere in that environment. Love and biblical demands for strict rules create a tumultuous relationship between the parental figure and the child figure.

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terrific story, it was a pleasure to read

twister have been more to this story it was very interesting there could have been a lot more action a lot more drama lot more situations but I enjoyed it anyway

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Great story!

story starts off a but slow, but really turns into a fantastic story. loved it

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loved it

loved the book and the narrator!! this was my first time, and not the last. *searches for new book*

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Not much here...

What would have made The Unwelcomed Child better?

200 less pages!

Has The Unwelcomed Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. There is something very gothic and old fashioned about the way V. C. Andrews's books play out, even if it isn't really her anymore. It's a modern-ish story with a 100 year old feel if that makes sense. It's quite charming!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

There was not much I cared for in the performance. Ms. Cottle sounded like a high schooler being asked to read aloud in English class. There was very little inflection and everything seemed to run together in a monotone. The voices, while uninteresting, were at least infused with some decent acting, which saved things somewhat, but over all, I'd have to say, boring, boring, boring. I'd probably not listen to anything narrated by her again. However, the material could also have been the problem. Perhaps she didn't really have writing that would let her stretch her wings.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unwelcomed Child?

Everything written under the V. C. Andrews name in the last 15 years seems full of boring details that don't advance the story. Series could be condensed into half their length and this book alone should have been a novella. I couldn't care less about the long conversations about nothing that Elle has with Mason and Claudine. The prologue and first chapter are nearly interchangeable and cover the same information over and over and over. Perhaps physically reading the book would have helped, but the narrator just made me extra bored. Nothing picked up and got interesting until the last handful of chapters. I don't feel the payoff really made the whole book worth listening to. The older books are MUCH better!!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful