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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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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 02-25-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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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

    nuts about books

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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 2008
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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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    L. Jones Manassas, VA United States 02-14-12
    L. Jones Manassas, VA United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Southern Belles Rule"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    Actually I think having the author as the reader really enhanced the story. I normally don't like hearing the author read their stories...but Joshilyn really knows these characters and they come alive as she reads their stories.


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

    As the book progressed, I found myself listening more and more often...I wanted answers to the mysteries.


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    Richelle Sparta, MI, United States 02-11-12
    Richelle Sparta, MI, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2013

    Nellie

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    "Realistic Characters and a great story"

    I purchased this because of the great reviews and I was not disappointed. I loved the characters Big, Liza and Mosey. Such an entertaining story I hated for it to end.

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    Carol Cincinnati,OH 02-11-12
    Carol Cincinnati,OH 02-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to be better than the print version?

    The narrator helped make the story real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

    Many twists and changes - you think you have it figured out but you don't


    Who was the most memorable character of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty and why?

    Mosey


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!!

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    Charlene H. Smith Boca Raton, FL 02-10-12
    Charlene H. Smith Boca Raton, FL 02-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Captivating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already begun recommending this book for its engaging story, and for the beautiful narration of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the relationships between all of the women, and was kept interested in where the story was going the whole time. I especially love Jackson's ability to put words together in just the right way, making me laugh out loud, or get choked up.


    What does Joshilyn Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Most times an author just doesn't have the whole package of being able to tell the story they've so artfully written, but this is where Joshilyn Jackson stands out! She is a fabulous narrator, and so beautifully conveyed each character's individuality in her subtle voice changes. I'm already looking for another of her books to listen to!


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    Christen United States 02-09-12
    Christen United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Hot chick

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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty again? Why?

    Great story and fun to listen to! Can't wait till her next book! Awesome!


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    Malinda 02-07-12
    Malinda 02-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "LOVED IT!!!!"

    A joy to listen too! The story was intriguing and funny with unexpected twists and turns. I am only disappointed that it is over. I will definitely be looking at other titles from this author.

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