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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1981 The Vanda General Partnership. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Revisiting my teen years with a entrancing story!

I've waited so long to "read" these books again although they all sit in physical form on my book shelf to this day. I was not disappointed by the retelling of this tale and was particularly fascinated hearing the story from Bart's perspective. A great telling of the story through the eyes of the boys as the stories continue! I highly recommend this series. As an adult, I see SO MUCH MORE than I did as a teenager about the complexities of this story and it's great to revisit. This narrator is good (though changes the pronunciations of things from previous readings... I really wish the readers listened to their predecessors before embarking on their projects!) and puts a great voice to Bart though I am a little less convinced of Jory's voice here... still "good" but just not what I thought I'd hear. LISTEN though. Such a great series, don't miss out on this one!

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Dollanganer Dark Horse

"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 protagonists aside from the recent "Christopher's Diary" series), 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, though she doesn't do too bad a job narrating the next book in the series, "Seed of Yesterday".) Mr. Brill's 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. Why didn't the producer or director 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! (Update: Of course, the amazing Recorded Books productions of "Flowers" and "Petals" are no longer available...) Get "If There Be Thorns"! It's different, but worth it!

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bad narrator bad editing...

I wouldnt have put the narrator first but his voice did not go for story and there are stops and cuts to different chapters just a big mess of a audio I wished that someone would have listened before releasing this book. returned credit!

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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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Not as riveting as the first two books but still good

The narrator for the first two books was so much better that this book took awhile to adjust. The story being told from children's point of view is unique but grows tiresome after awhile.

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The best book

I loved the way it was written and read. I felt like I was there in the book with the Foxworth family.

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It could've been better.

I tried reading this book but it didn't catch my attention like the previous books. listening to it made it better but the story is still not that great compared to Flowers in The Attic or Garden of Shadows.

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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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addicting!

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

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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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