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Dawn

Delran, NJ, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (205)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    This is a great story and the narration was superb. I truly could not stop listening. As soon the book finished I immediately downloaded the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7069)
    Performance
    (5018)
    Story
    (5007)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "I loved this book!"
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    I have listened to many books and this one is I will remember always. The narration was fantastic. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream....

    Amazon Customer says: "VJ Drives Better Than She Flies"
    "Enthralling!"
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    If you enjoyed Velva Jean Learns to Drive you are in for a treat. This book is even better. I can't wait for the next one. Hope the author doesn't make me wait to long. I am dying to know what happens next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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