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Heaven

Casteel, Book 1
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Series: Casteel, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the legendary New York Times best-selling author of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina (now Lifetime movies) comes the first book in the Casteel Family series - for fans of Emma Donoghue (Room) and Kay Hooper (Amanda). 

Of all the folks on the mountain, the Casteel children are the lowest. Even the families that buy them think so.

Heaven Leigh Casteel may be the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, but her cruel father and weary stepmother work her like a mule. For the sake of her brother Tom and the other little ones, Heaven clings to the hope that someday she can show the world they are worthy of love and respect.

But when the children’s stepmother can’t take it anymore and abandons the family, Heaven’s father hatches a scheme that will alter her young life forever. Being sold to a strange couple is just the beginning; ripping away the thin veneer of civilization and learning the adult secrets of the world around her means Heaven must abandon someone, too - the child she was, to become the woman her mother never had the chance to be. 

©1985 Vanda General Partnership. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Great Book

In the 80’s as a young woman I read this book twice. It was one of the most interesting and engrossing books I have ever read. When I got Audible just recently I saw this book on it and just HAD to listen to it. It was just as wonderful now as it was then. The real V.C. Andrews was one hell of a storyteller.

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Finally!

My grandmother introduced me to this book when I was thirteen. Love it then and love it now. I have been searching for this book on Audible since I down loaded the app. Thank you so much! Now I have to go and read the second installment because it's not on here... yet?

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love VC Andrews...

I love VC Andrews I hope audible does all of the books. I cant see as well so hearing is great! I close my eyes and see the movie run across my closed eye lids!

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Finally, REAL VC Andrews on audio!!

To begin with, "Heaven" is a pretty good book. It was actually the very first VC Andrews novel I ever read back in 199-whatever, and I'm so happy to see it, and the rest of the series, finally on audio--though that is, of course, because of the Lifetime movies being made. I won't go on forever about the plot. It's dramatic and soapy and far-fetched, but that's exactly what we all want from a VC Andrews novel. Especially as this novel was actually written by Andrews herself. As usual, the writing is a little stilted and old-fashioned (people don't talk that way, Virginia, and even the narrative sounds a little too much like you were borrowing from Dickens) but I can overlook that. The story is a ripping good time!

As for the narration: that took a little time to grow on me. Simon & Schuster seem to pick really odd narrators for the VC Andrews audiobooks (and I'm afraid with this new audio coming soon for the 40th anniversary of "Flowers in the Attic" that'll it'll be that awful Rebekkah Ross or Joy Osmanski, just terrible--the old Recorded Books narrator was AMAZING!!). Candace Thaxton is another odd choice. There is a singsongy lilt to her speaking voice, and a peculiar oldness to the timbre of her speech as though she imagined Heaven as being an old woman, looking back and telling her story from the end of her life. In the prologue, I had a difficult time differentiating between Heaven's Granny's dialogue, and the actual narrative--they sounded the same. However, with time, Ms Thaxton grew on me and I enjoyed the performance more and more. She does an excellent job with men's and boy's voices (I did not care for how high-pitched she played Cal, however) and her handling of the accent through the whole book was very well done. VC Andrews was southern, her books mostly took place in the south, so all her characters should have southern accents. At last somebody gets that. If you're undecided about Ms Thaxton as the narrator of this book, it's worth listening to for her portrayal of Kitty alone! Wow! She sounds like Britney Spears when she's doing Kitty's voice--all low-class and southern hick! It's fantastic and not to be missed! I smiled a lot whenever Kitty was in a scene!

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  • Loraine
  • KAYCEE, WY, United States
  • 05-07-19

still a favorite

this Series has always been my favorite of VC Andrews and I was so excited to finally have it in audio format

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Great Book!

I have been waiting so long for this book series to come on audible. I loved the book when I first read it and love it now. The narrator did a perfect job narrating. I highly recommend this book and hoping more early V. C. Andrews books come on audible.

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  • Sarah
  • Bastrop, TX, United States
  • 04-15-19

Great Story but Narrator...not so much

I have loved this series of books from V.C. Andrews since I was in high school. So when I heard that it's on Audible I was excited to listen to it! But as soon as I heard the narrator I was disappointed. I always envisioned her voice sweeter and not so harsh. But that is just my opinion.

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Sing-song-y Narrator

I have been anxiously waiting for this series (and the rest of V.C. Andrew’s series) to be recorded audiobooks. These books and I go way back and I am thrilled to be able to “re-read” them through audible. I have to say that I am disappointed in the narrator, unfortunately. The dialogue and voices of individual characters were completely fine but Heaven’s narrative was way too sing-song-y for my liking. I suspect that the same narrator will finish the series so I pray that it gets better!

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  • Ted Ryan
  • 06-21-19

A truly thrilling read

Candace Thaxton gives a truly captivating performance as she brings the world of Virginia Andrews "Heaven" to life. The story is an instant classic Gothic Horror, with compelling characters and a twisted story of family secrets and betrayals. Thaxton gives perfect voices for each of the characters, especially Heaven as the main narrator, who she stays perfectly in character for.

A truly great book, but this audiobook made it a much more enjoyable read.