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Publisher's Summary

An innocent bayou girl lost to New Orleans. One of the most popular storytellers of all time, V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic, My Sweet Audrina) layers psychological suspense with sheer terror in this provocative first book of the classic Landry Family series. 

Even in the heart of the bayou, innocence can’t last forever....

The only family Ruby Landry has ever known are her loving guardian Grandmere Catherine, a Cajun spiritual healer, and her drunken Grandpere Jack. Although thinking about her dead mother and mysterious father sometimes makes her feel as sad and solemn as the wind sighing through the Spanish moss, Ruby is grateful for what she has. Her life is filled with hope and promise, especially when her attraction to handsome Paul Tate blossoms into a wonderful love affair. But Paul’s wealthy parents forbid him to associate with a poor Landry, and Grandmere urges Ruby to focus on her dream of becoming a great painter. 

An uncertain future looms....

A shocking scheme of blackmail and deception comes to light when Ruby sees her father for the first time in a faded photograph. Stunned and devastated when Grandmere dies soon after, she is left to seek out an explanation on her own. Finding her father in his massive New Orleans mansion, Ruby is quickly subjected to his world of lies, torment...and madness. Still, she clings to her memories of Paul - for only true love might be able to save her now.

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Where does S&S find these narrators?!

I always find myself dropping reviews on the Andrews audiobooks, especially the old ones, because they're so much better than anything published after...well, 1996. The Landry series is my favorite after Dollanganger, and I was a huge fan of the Recorded Books production of "Ruby", narrated by the incomparable Barbara Rosenblat. THAT was a masterful production, and her Louisiana accents for Ruby's grandparents were incredible. Thankfully I have that version of this novel in my library, because it's a thing of the past now, and Simon and Schuster's audio division has handed us this version of "Ruby": i.e. another VC Andrews travesty of an audio recording. (They started pretty strong with "Heaven" recently, so why couldn't they have gone on with another gifted narrator? Dara Rosenberg was wasted on those lame new Foxworth books. She would have made a great Ruby!)

I honestly have to say, listening to what Carly Robins is doing to this book, I'd prefer that awful Robin Eller ("Web of Dreams", people...couldn't you just die from it, literally?), or even Rebekkah Ross (who ruined "My Sweet Audrina"), as a narrator for this one. But it just gets worse and worse. Way to go Simon and Schuster for showing fans how little you care to find decent narrators for Andrews' novels. (And don't get me started on this crummy cover. Where's the original cover? That's what we want!) Is it that they're looking for cheap labor and can't afford even a D-list celebrity, or to pay the asking amount of the Julia Whelan's of the industry? Carly Robins delivers a strange performance of run-on sentences that rarely stop for a new thought or idea (come on, this production is an hour shorter than Recorded Books' version), and very, very odd deliveries of sentences. It's almost as though every line was recorded as individual separate thoughts with no bearing on the line before or after. And the weird emotion! After Ruby breaks it off with Paul at the two hours and forty, to two hours and forty-five minute mark...try to listen to that moment of Ruby running off to be alone without shaking your head and wincing at the awkward delivery. How will I get through two more books of this narrator ruining such a great series?

Again, all I can say is, way to go, Simon and Schuster. Way to go. Another dud, and it didn't have to be. I hope one day you guys will stop disappointing us, but with the previous track record, I won't hold my breath. "Ruby" is a really fun read, and the setting is very interesting. But experience it in print, or, if you need to give this audio a try, do it for free with your Scribd subscription. The remaining books in this fantastic series will be a long and tedious audio slog, I suspect. UPDATE: I wasn't wrong. It just got worse and worse. Blegh. Beware. The only redeeming narrator comes in the final book.

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great story

the story was great over all slow starting the narrator left alot to be desired

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Narrator was terrible. Loved book!!

This book was right up my alley. Cajun blood, evil twin sisters, voo doo magic. I'll be getting every title in the series. The author is a very fun story teller. The narrator can not voice act and she shouldn't have tried. She made everyone except ruby sound elderly instead of like a refined creole. She emphasized the wrong part of the sentence ALOT. IT BUGGED ME. Story was good enough to make up for it.

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RAPEY from start to finish!!!

Listening to the main character repeatedly tell her various “love interests” no, beg them to stop, and say that she’s scared while they undress her honestly made me sick. I had a hard time finishing this audiobook because of it. Literally not one single sexual experience she wasn’t harassed into. 😰

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Typical VVAndrews

This is the third series of books I have listened to and I have not been disappointed.

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Rape is sexy

If you are ok with making a rapist the "good guy" in the book I guess its not complete trash. So many of the characters are dispicable.

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Couldn't stop listening!

I loved it! Just like reading a great book you can't put down. Ready for the next.

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OMG

Loved this book Ruby.. Couldnt stop listening to it.. VC Andrews did it in this!!

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Ruby Shines

A great story that captures you right away. And the PERFECT narrator that plays all of the parts perfectly. A rare combination!

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Great Story

This story is well written, keeping the listener attentive from beginning to end. The narrator, who is skilled at bringing each character to life with her various animated voices, tends to chop the sentences up quite a bit or come to a stop before the end of a sentence and then have to just “tack” the rest of it on. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fiction story.