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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty Audiobook

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past - and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.

©2011 Joshilyn Jackson (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A mesmerizing tale of a family coping with the revelation of a secret that will change their lives. . . Jackson's most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core." (Kristine Huntley, Booklist, Starred Review)

"A deeply felt, engaging story." (The Atlantic)

"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rachel Fitzroy, Australia 03-04-12
    Rachel Fitzroy, Australia 03-04-12
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    "Addictive"

    This was my first audible download, and it definitely didn't disappoint! I was hooked on the story by the end of the first chapter, and listened at every opportunity until the story was over. The story and the characters drew me in very quickly. I particularly enjoyed how the chapters were from a rotating point of view, with enough variation in the writing and reading style to instantly know whose point of view you were listening to. Joshlyn Jackson's performance was fantastic, really adding to my enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    SL 03-01-12
    SL 03-01-12
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    "Hard to stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    I needed a kick start to my workout program...so as a former book-junkie-now-mommy of three...I have NO time to sit and read. Perfect solution is books on my I-Pod. The only time I can


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard question. None of the characters are infallible and all have some level of moral standards. My instinct is to say Liza is my favorite, even though she make some very poor choices. Adjacent to her poor choices for herself is a high ability to look out for the well-being of others.


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

    Her voice is intoxicating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I want to ask Joshilyn Jackson about one specific (minor) character that was not tied up at the end of the story. Why was the character's end left out? What happened to this person?

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    Yislen Williams, OR, United States 02-29-12
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    "A great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitively recommend this book to others, the story is great and it keeps you guessing what is going to happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story is the power of love that sorrounds the story. Even though the characters don't believe in happy endings, they are suprised by the power of love, being God or whatever you prefer to call it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was ok, the voice is a little distracting, but once you get used to it, it flows fine with the story.


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    Marti Delta Junction, AK, United States 02-29-12
    Marti Delta Junction, AK, United States 02-29-12
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    "Really great book!"
    Would you listen to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed this book.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyed her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a good book and great story about 3 generations of women.

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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 02-29-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 02-29-12
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    "I liked this book."

    A touching, funny, sad type of book that isn't dynamite but catches you with a slow burn. Definitely worth the listen.

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    Carrie 02-28-12
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    "Simply awesome!"
    Where does A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 10 favorite books I have listened to!


    What other book might you compare A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to and why?

    I


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!!

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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 02-25-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "another total winner by Joshilyn Jackson."

    Charming, because the characters are so likable and appealing. Engrossing, because the story is multifaceted but easy to follow. "Cant put it down" because you want to know where the story goes. Now I have to wait for the next book.

    One of my favorite writers, and narrators. It is a treat to have the author read the book to you with all the intended inflections, and creation of images. Terrific...

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    Marcie Carpenter, SD, United States 02-23-12
    Marcie Carpenter, SD, United States 02-23-12
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    "Jackson does it again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read all of Joshilyn Jackson's books, some I have liked, others not so much, but I would have to say that this is my favorite. There was a great story line, the author's narration was awesome (I could listen to her all day!) and there was a bit of everything from mystery, to romance to humor. It was just long enough...I felt like I got my money's worth and then some.


    What other book might you compare A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to and why?

    Jackson's book reminded me a bit of Sandra Kring, who I also love.


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

    Joshilyn Jackson's voice is so melodic, and that southern accent really adds authenticity to the story.


    If you could rename A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, what would you call it?

    Maybe, the 15 year curse?


    Any additional comments?

    I tend to get stuck listening to a certain genre of book, lately that has been Nordic crime, so this was a really refreshing break from all the violence and bloodshed! All three female characters were expertly written and Jackson has another winner.

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    Angela willis 02-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story - mediocre narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the characters & plot. The only drawback was the narrator didn't differentiate between granddaughter & grandmothers voices which was a bit confusing because they change without announcing the change.


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    Cindy FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS, United States 02-14-12
    Cindy FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I didn't like the narration."

    I enjoyed the story and felt a connection with Big, but I felt the narration and the dialog for Mose spoiled it for me.

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