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Velva Jean Learns to Drive Audiobook

Velva Jean Learns to Drive

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Publisher's Summary

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. As their tumultuous love story unfolds, Velva Jean must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream of singing in the Grand Ole Opry.

©2009 Jenniver Niven; (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"It's a touching read, funny and wise, like a crazy blend of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, a less morose Flannery O'Connor and maybe a shot of Hank Williams." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mary California, MD, United States 04-04-12
    Mary California, MD, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Engaging, endearing, captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I dread the end of this audio book. I've enjoyed every minute of it. Even my drive to work has been something I've looked forward to. I absolutely love Jenna Lamia, who totally captures the unique personalities, both male and female, of each character. She's amazing.

    Jennifer's Niven's writing is so well done, transporting the listener to another place, another time. THe only way I can face the end of this book is the knowledge that another follows. Thank you for the distinct pleasure of listening to this tale!


    What other book might you compare Velva Jean Learns to Drive to and why?

    The Secret LIfe of Bees


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose one.


    Who was the most memorable character of Velva Jean Learns to Drive and why?

    Definitely Velva Jean, but her grandparents and Johnny Clay were also admirable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna 01-08-10
    Shauna 01-08-10
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    "Lovely book"

    This book is a wonderful read. It is a simple story of a girl and her dreams. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 11-05-09
    Kathy 11-05-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book!"

    I loved this book, it kept my attention for the full 14 hours. I read it originally because the narrator is one of my favorites and she did not disappoint this time either. I only wish this author had another book, I would download it now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin b. 02-08-17
    Kevin b. 02-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it."

    Loved it. Narration was perfect. I have played this book over and over again. Referring to all of my friends.

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    ReadingGirl 02-03-17
    ReadingGirl 02-03-17
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    "Should have read the book"

    Love the narration, enjoyed the story overall, but i found it slow moving in audio form. Had I read the written book, I could have skimmed over the overly descriptive parts that I found annoying in the audio form.

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    Cindy 09-08-16
    Cindy 09-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Southern Mt delight"

    Found a new favorite aurthor. Well written, can just visualize the story. Starts out with a 10 year old Appalachian mountain girl who grows into a woman who as she matures forgets and then remembers what her dream are.

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    SannDee 08-31-16
    SannDee 08-31-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    The reader made this book especially wonderful to listen to she had the perfect voice

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    Dot Brownsboro, TX, United States 05-16-16
    Dot Brownsboro, TX, United States 05-16-16
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    "Enjoyable listen."
    What did you love best about Velva Jean Learns to Drive?

    I have known people just like the ones in this story. So funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides Velva Jean, probably Sweet Fern. Jenna Lamia portrays Sweet Fern so vividly, you can experience her emotions.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenna Lamia is an incredible narrator. So expressive! Her reading is amazing.


    Who was the most memorable character of Velva Jean Learns to Drive and why?

    Velva Jean. She is the main character of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Would have been better for me without the curse words, but I understand they fit the characters being portrayed.

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    Leonard 03-29-16
    Leonard 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story!"

    Wonderful characters, great story. Did not want it to end. I want to know what velva Jean does next.

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    Rhonda Harnish 12-09-15
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    "Loved it."

    Story was very good and kept me engaged. Enjoyed some of the historical references. The narrator Was WONDERFUL and brings the story to life.

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