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The Butterfly Garden Audiobook

The Butterfly Garden

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Publisher's Summary

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who'd go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she's still hiding....

©2016 Dot Hutchison (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Angela Lee 03-24-17
    Angela Lee 03-24-17
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    "Don't let the negative reviews fool you..."

    I read a few reviews before I downloaded this book and some were so against it, I almost didn't get it. But I took a chance and downloaded because there were many good reviews too. This book was very good. I thought the narrators did a great a job, the plot was good, the twists were drawn out and good so you didn't see them coming. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Law and Order SVU, NCIS, CSI, Gone Girl (or anything by Gillian Flynn really). The main character was so easy to side with and you really felt all that she thought of every character. Give the book a try, some parts might make you queasy but you can always skip 30 seconds ahead and it's usually over by then. I loved this book and I could definitely listen to it again.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jillian 06-30-16
    Jillian 06-30-16
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    "Major let down"

    What a waste of a brilliantly twisted idea. There wasn't a moment of this story I enjoyed. The writing is lazy and cumbersome, so much telling and so little showing and feeling. The characters are incredibly under developed, and there are so many names of girls that are mentioned with such little effort of having them mean anything.

    The plot summary of this book is the best part. Don't bother reading it. There are no compelling characters to hope for, no plot twists to shock you, no passages that will haunt you.

    The highly rated narrators do nothing to help this book. The male voice sounds nice, but made it impossible to distinguish between the two male detectives and his inflections for the girl made her sound like an irritating snob.

    Just awful.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    MarisaReads 06-17-16
    MarisaReads 06-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad narration doesn't help a bad book."
    What disappointed you about The Butterfly Garden?

    This is just not an enjoyable audiobook.
    I don't mind when elements of a story are unrealistic- it's fiction - and this is my favorite genre (crime fiction/suspense) so give me 'disturbing' any time: but the plot of The Butterfly Garden is bizarre to the point of laughable, but you can't laugh when the characters are just so ridiculous. I could only try so many times.
    There are FBI agents who are scaredy cat ineffective. They are scared of the interviewee, a barely- 18 overly intellectual pretentious brat. Are you going to tell me that 2 hardened FBI agents can't grasp control over a difficult subject? They are so disturbed by assault and murder that they are near tears and have to leave the room?
    Agent 1 has little personality, absolutely non-compelling. The male narrator reads like he's talking to kindergarteners. Agent 2 'bad cop' is yelling and banging tables just because he's so mad at the bad guys, not for any other apparent reason, such as, again, trying to elicit information from a hostile witness. He is such a baby that he can't stay in the room for more than a couple minutes at a time. And they are both quaking in their boots by the prospect of dealing with a politician mother of one of the victims? Come on.


    What was most disappointing about Dot Hutchison’s story?

    Why is our protagonist so hostile? It's unclear what she has to gain by her ridiculous posturing and purposeful antagonistic banter with these sad law enforcement agents. She is not willing to assist in a mass casualty investigation? Put her stuck up bottom in a cell that's not as fun and luxurious as being in a sorority garden of other gorgeous women who all love each other, and wait for her to be less spoiled. Brings up flashbacks of Orange is the New Black- which I also despised.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Ezzo and Mel Foster ?

    Just like a great narrator can save a so-so book, a poor narrator can kill an otherwise decent book. Here, unfortunately, this is some of the worst narration I've heard, and the story cannot survive it. I can't think who WOULDNT do a better job narrating this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Pretty good and irritated.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, I don't buy it. I wanted to love this book, but I am really disappointed by the characters and the overly bizarre plot and these narrators. Make it stop.

    Quite simply, I don't recommend this book.

    65 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    hadaki_lvr32 Salt Lake City, UT 06-03-16
    hadaki_lvr32 Salt Lake City, UT 06-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Train Wreck"
    Would you try another book from Dot Hutchison and/or Lauren Ezzo and Mel Foster ?

    No


    Has The Butterfly Garden turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Lauren Ezzo and Mel Foster ’s performance would you have changed?

    Mel Foster is absolutely ghastly at trying to do female voices. Lauren Ezzo I thought was wonderful, but I will never listen to any book narrated by Mel Foster again. Every time he tried to impersonate a women I cringed. It was whiny and condescending and like nails on a chalkboard. Also, he sounds like a car commercial announcer so when he narrated any part it came across as cheesy and overdramatic.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Honestly... I haven't ever read/listened to a book I was so eager to review, and I sincerely hope that the author reads these comments. The one positive thing I will say about the story is that I had to finish it. Like I can't keep from looking at horrific accidents on the freeway I pass... I had to finish it. That's it.

    Otherwise, here is what you will be subjected to if you choose to listen:

    -Poor and unrealistic character development. An 18 yo woman with a childhood that would realistically cause her to become a sociopath in her own right, somehow is confident, wise and compassionate. Riiiight. And that's the protagonist. The rest of the important characters are equally as ridiculous.

    -The most disgusting, disturbing and silly plot line imaginable. A gentle and loving serial killer abducts countless women over the course of 30 years and because he isn't rough when he rapes them and gives them gifts like running water, not once in 30 years do they ever band together to kill the mo' fo'. Ok then. They're allowed to be brutally honest with him... and are... they're painted as intelligent, but somehow this gentle and loving serial killer just inspires in them only the desire to be subservient. Honestly, this is the kind of drivel that gives misogynists the ammunition to spew fowl opinions on women wanting to be raped and controlled deep down. Also... the "twist" that the roommate was once a butterfly and escaped pregnant, but then didn't tell anyone for years and year because she didn't want to lose her baby to A SERIAL KILLER? Seriously? I don't know whether to puke or laugh. Also, apparently it's plausible in the author's mind to even imagine that the FBI allows agents that yell and threaten VICTIMS of heinous and unimaginable crimes. Perfectly normal to scream at them that you want answers. Nothing weird about that.

    -A male narrator who's portrayal of women should be illegal. See my comments above. Whoever this Mel Foster is, he should not be narrating.

    I highly suggest you just skip this. It's just really, really not a good story, a good listen or in anyway redeeming. If you don't I'm sure you'll hate it but feel the need to finish it as I did and wonder why you wasted the time. *le sigh*


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't.

    118 of 143 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 09-07-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 09-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not my taste in novels!"

    The Butterfly Garden is a dark, dark, sick, sick novel; it is worse than a waste of time. I finished it, but I regret beginning it. Mel Foster, the male narrator, is simply incompetent. Lauren Ezzo is an excellent narrator.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Magen K. 06-07-16
    Magen K. 06-07-16
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    "Beautifully Twisted"

    This story could be too disturbing for some listeners. Think law and order SVU on steroids. It's dark and creepy and horrible to think could really happen. However, it's beautifully told and hard to stop listening. If you can handle that sort of thing, I strongly suggest this book.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    PowderRiverRose 06-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent and superbly narrated"

    This should be one of those Criminal Minds stories. Detailed yet not overbearing. A horrifying crime story written and narrated so well it does not leave one terrified but holds your attention to the very end with this perfectly plausible and extremely well thought out criminal scenario. Enjoy

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    HJM new bedford, ma United States 06-09-16
    HJM new bedford, ma United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Deeply Disturbing"

    A definite read for fans of serial killer type stories and will be overwhelming for those of us who like to read about the underlying thoughts, morals and dysfunctional thinking from all perspectives. I will be looking for more books by this author as I loved the language, characters and format of the writing. Don't start to read this book if you don't have time to read or listen in its entirety as you will be unable to put it down!

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    Carolyn 07-05-16
    Carolyn 07-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "So Bad it is Good"

    This is like listening to a Lifetime movie. Completely unrealistic, terrible acting and ridiculous plot BUT, that being said, I listened to the whole thing. I laughed when I wasn't supposed to and thoroughly enjoyed the fact that it was so terrible.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Abby D. Charlton Woodbury, KY USA 06-02-16
    Abby D. Charlton Woodbury, KY USA 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "listened to it from start to finish in one day."

    This was an interesting story. An easy listen.
    The female narrators was excellent and the male narrator was a bit flat...but it's okay.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    6/3/16
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    "An Hypnotic Danse Macabre"

    Fascinating, intriguing, gentle and brutal. An hypnotic Danse Macabre that genuinely surprised me. They say never judge a book by its cover and well in this case you should beware the innocent sounding title as well! Hidden behind it is as twisted a story as you’re ever likely to read. There is insanity, brutality and the extinction of hope yet the quality of the writing within and the ultra-smooth delivery of Lauren Ezzo lead you on an almost surreally tranquil journey through the story's stark landscape.

    The book is structured around an interview of one of the survivors of the garden. It’s a clever device which actually works better than I expected and gives the book a good rhythm without disrupting the flow. Foster’s gruffness provides a growling counterpoint to the smooth narrative sections from within the garden. There are some lighter, very human moments as the relationship between the FBI agents and the girl develops. There are also some surprisingly gentle interactions within the beautiful yet horrific world created by The Gardener.

    For all those gentle touches though this book deals with the disturbing including moments of extreme cruelty. It really is no light holiday fiction for all the delicateness of its title and moments of genuine humanity. What it is, is a darnn good read though. If you have the fortitude to enter these dark places and appreciate the good writing you find when you get in there then you’ll find this a genuine treat from Dot Hutchison.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • KRISTINA
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    "A good page turner"

    It was hard to stop listening, despite the dark twisted nature of the story. The main character is likeable and she draws you in to her life story, I respected her strength and attitude having suffered the way she has. However, throughout listening you feel as though you are constantly waiting for something, a twist or a turn ... that never comes. The ending is really disappointing and silly, it discredited the rest of the book for me. Because of the ending I lost interest and won't be listening to Dot Hutchinson's follow on book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    9/20/16
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    "Twisted"

    Really enjoyed listening to this book - honestly made me wonder for the sanity of the author though! What a twisted story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha Collins
    10/12/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Fabulous, gripping from start to finish. Absolutely loved this book. Brilliant plot, and great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Po Stoneman
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    7/19/17
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    "Twists"

    A few things I didn't expect. The narration is okay but the guy has a weird twang to his American accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
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    "loved every word"

    kept me gripped throughout. interesting theme although didn't quite get the plot twist at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen J
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    "Good Story"

    The storyline was gripping, terrifying and moving. However I did not like the different narrations and it would have been better to keep the same voice for Anarah as the girl's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs T T
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    "intriguing"

    I loved the way the story gradually unfolded as an interview. there are a lot of deep ethical questions being asked throighout the story. I just couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devon67
    7/5/17
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    "A toe curling, well written, uncomfortable audio."

    I bought this audio book because I'd read on a blog that is was similar to Riverdale, as in, ' A town with a dark secret'.....its not like Riverdale at all. It is a book, however about a Family with a horrific, HORRIFIC secret, which thankfully is uncovered. I don't want to spoil the story so I'll say nothing more specific about it, but I would say that tales like these are not for the faint hearted and 'I am' firmly in the faint hearted category of human being and the subject matter did knot my stomach. Once Id started listening I didn't want to abandon the girls terrible story, so I saw it through. I commend the writer as she skillfully edged us into the horror of the girls situation via the main character Mia who didn't in any way over describe the vile things that happened to her or the girls which kindly spared both the listener and the detectives who bore witness to her testament. I can't fault the writing, but I think the guy who read the male parts of the book may have been a little Off with some of his inflections , but that's just personal taste and I'm British ; we're a lot less flippant about such horrors. Anyway, I'm frightened of your imagination Dot Hutchinson, your story will haunt me for a long time. Five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clarence
    Oxfordshire
    6/13/17
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    "Unusual twisted tale, beautifully told."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Butterfly Garden to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but had heard really good things about it so decided to try this. I was not disappointed at all, it was captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maya is a quirky character very deep and mature for her age, but she still has an innocence about her despite her hardened exterior. She's had a very non standard / brutal upbringing so far which has made her very matter of fact about things that happen to her and others.


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Ezzo and Mel Foster ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I'm certainly game to as they did a great job.


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

    I was engaged from the get go as the story and narration are very captivating. Although a twisted tale, its so beautifully told you feel like you are being drawn into the tale and the unusual way in that it is told waiting to see what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to the next ones in the series now, I hope they are as good as this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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