Mother Knows Best

The Villains Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Series: Villains, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs
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The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower? Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries...until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.

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great!

loved it ❤️ I've read this entire series of books and I've loved each of them .

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Serena did it again!!!

This book is absolutely amazing!!!!!! I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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Good but not great

This one was good but not as good as the other ones have been.

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Love all of her books!

I've listened to all of the Serena Valentino books and have loved every one of them! The story is great and I love the narrator. I would highly recommend the whole series!

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love them all

I am in love with this series! so excited to keep reading. I wonder what will happen next! the odd sisters are great characters

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loved it

I really love this book and the rest of the books in this series. By giving the villain a back story it makes it so we as they reader feel more sympathy for the villain and understanding of why they do the things they do

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The Odd Sisters have the WORST VOICE

I liked the story at first, the descriptions of everything was quite nice. But it got boring after a while, being in the same place for so long. I like the effort the narrator put into the voices EXCEPT for the Odd Sisters. Every time they spoke it was shrill and hurt my ears, knocked me out of the story and made my ears hurt. They are interesting characters but their voices are just too much. I'm not looking forward to suffering through them for the rest of the books.

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Worst Book in the Series

This is the 5th book in this series. The first four books were amazing. They flowed really well and give a really great background for how these characters became the villains we all know. I've really loved books from this author and love the way she writes.
This book...wasn't good. The background story wasn't good. It lagged on and on. The woman who narrated this book is the only reason I listened to the whole book. Unsure if this book effects the next in the series or not, but if not, I would skip this all together.

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Woa, Mother!

Throughout the whole story and especially by the end i felt so bad for Gothel! So well written and performed, an interesting back story for this villain and I love the tie ins of the odd sisters and the movie tangled (not a lot of singing but referenced really well) why a great series!!

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Elsa?

It’s has become very well known that Elsa and Anna are Rapunzel’s cousins. It’s would be amazing to have a frozen branch of this series. I am a huge fan. This story made me actually like mother Gothel.