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Flowers in the Attic

By: Gillian Flynn - foreword,V. C. Andrews
Narrated by: Mena Suvari,Gillian Flynn - foreword
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Publisher's Summary

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the enduring gothic masterpiece Flowers in the Attic - the unforgettable forbidden love story that earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fan base and became an international cult classic.

At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden - blond, innocent, and fighting for their lives....

They were a perfect and beautiful family - until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. They are kept in the attic of their grandmother’s labyrinthine mansion, isolated and alone. As the visits from their seemingly unconcerned mother slowly dwindle, the four children grow ever closer and depend upon one another to survive both this cramped world and their cruel grandmother. A suspenseful and thrilling tale of family, greed, murder, and forbidden love, Flowers in the Attic is the unputdownable first novel of the epic Dollanganger family saga.

The Dollanganger series includes: Flowers in the Attic, Petals in the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, Garden of Shadows, Beneath the Attic, and Out of the Attic

©1979 V.C. Andrews (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Loved the book so much but...

I loved listening to this book, the story has always intrigued me. The narration was very good. Story is so good...But if you’ve never read/listened to the story before skip the whole forward part because it completely ruins it. It had been a long time and I had forgotten many things about the story but the forward gives it all away. Other than that totally worth it and loved it.

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Where is Book 2????

Where is Petals on the Wind? Am I supposed to just skip to Book 3

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Good but distressing story

Greatly enjoyed this book. It evoked a great deal of emotion most of which was hate and disgust. The foreword for the book made me angry because it told some facts about the story that should have been left for the reader to discover! Why would you allow that??

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a rewrite of what was a very good read

this isnt VC Andrews style of writing too many changes and details ommitted. The story is the same but im not left with any of the questions that the real book left. this seems more of a story written after the lifetime movie.

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Unbelievable

I have a bit of a compulsive nature which makes me finish books. I did consider not finishing Flowers in the Attic.This book is not well written, it is not interesting. I just kept wishing it would end. If you like incest, sex with children, intent to kill, those kinds of things, well maybe you should read this. I keep thinking that who ever wrote this has something seriously wrong with them. This is a sick sick mind in my opinion.

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SKIP THE FORWARD to avoid spoilers

I read this book as a teen and remember being really impacted by the sorry. It's intense and disturbing at times vbut you just have to keep reading it. I didn't love the narration but the book is good.

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Good read for anyone

I have loved this book and ready it many times since I seen the movie. V.c. Andrews is a great writer and I hope to read more of hers in the future. I just wish they would add the second book petals on the wind to audible!

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Different reading as an adult

I read this as a dramatic tween, and it’s definitely very different reading this as a critical adult. The story is dark (I don’t understand that people call it horror, though it does show the very worst of humans) The incest isn’t that shocking in this context, I was more upset by the rape. I wish it hadn’t been written in first person. The writing is decent, but first person tends to give most stories like this a whiny undertone. I got really sick about hearing how gorgeous everyone was, and there was an unhealthy interest in the beauty of her parents and siblings by the protagonist. She definitely had a bit of a screw loose from page one

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Still a good story I guess

First, the forward contains major plot spoilers. I have seen the movie, but it was so long ago I'd forgotten some parts. The spoilers played automatically as the first chapter and I was super disappointed.

Second, the voice actress was pleasant to listen to, but the voices she used for all the characters were nearly the same. It was hard to tell who was talking sometimes.

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Pure Unadulterated Depression

My Lord.. I just feel sad and not good after listening to this. I mean the narrator was great and the story started intriguing, but Christ there’s only so much someone can take. I’m gonna go take a Zoloft now..

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  • 08-23-22

a great classic!

love this book so much and so well narrated! the story has twists and turns that never get old.

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  • 10-28-22

second read

Read again after 40 years .
still loved it.
good characters
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amazing

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  • 11-30-22

Great yet disturbing Where is book 2?

I read this many years ago when i was in my teens and then went on to read the following books in the series. This first book still held my attention even now.
The narration is quite good. and successfully takes you in to the attic. My one disappointment is that I can't find Book Two Petals in the wind.

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  • Christina Malone
  • 10-06-22

Want to hear more but ye didn't record book 2

Really enjoyed it but when looking for book 2 it doesn't appear to be on Audible. Books 3+ are, just missing the next one which is really disappointing

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  • kate742
  • 08-13-22

One of my favourite books

This book was one of my mom's I found one summer as a teenager when I stayed at hers for the summer. I couldn't put it down. It covers taboo subjects but even so it is so well written and not in sordid way. It is a must read. Mena Suvari did a fabulous job narrating and was well suited for it. I have been waiting for this to come to audible for so long!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-21

memories

one of the first series I ever read. but why no Petals in The Wind? why go straight to book 3?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-22

The audiobook for the Book 2 - Petals on the Wind

There's no audiobook for Petals on the Wind - which is the second book in this series. I hope they create one soon. I would like to listen to the entire series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Just fantastic in every way!!

beautifully read and performed by Mena Suvari! the forward by Gillian Flynn is also so great. A must listen to!! 5 stars!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-22

Hugely beautiful and sad

I absolutely loved this audiobook! Very well written and haunting. The kind of story that will stick in my mind for a long while.

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  • Janet Wilkie
  • 11-22-22

beware of family

loved it have read the book and enjoyed both money isnt everything even if you need some

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-22

A true 5*

A riveting story that is so well performed by the narrator. Couldn’t put it down.

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  • Cassandra
  • 06-21-22

wow

A devastating story of neglect. So poetically written. my heart hurts now. I need to go cuddle my children.

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  • Harley
  • 04-15-22

Loved it

The narrator was phenomenal. The story had me gripped the entire time. I would say this one is definitely worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-22

classic book read perfectly.

my younger self has thanked me for re-listening to this. i thoroughly enjoyed this again

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  • Isabel armour
  • 06-24-21

Definitely gripping

Made my skin crawl so creepy tbh and a bit demented.

Interesting premise poor execution.