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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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    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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    Cindy Callihan 05-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Girls Life and Dreams in Appalachia.."
    What did you love best about Velva Jean Learns to Drive?

    It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the character and the narrator..true to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good reflection of the times in that time period..Velma Jean felt like she could be your daughter or the girl next door.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator..full of passion and nuances that made the character very alive


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Velma Jean was going to be saved..she was determined and stubborn dramatic ten year old girl going to the alter over and over ..because she DID NOT want to go to Hell.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story...I was drawn right into the family of characters, the story and narrator and would definitely read more of the authors work and listen to more of the narrators work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 02-27-17
    Linda 02-27-17 Member Since 2015

    Hi!

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    "Velma Jean Learns to Drive!"

    This was what I'd consider an endearing book. it swept me away into Velma Jean's world and at times I saw glimpses of my mothers time as a child. Times were hard but Velma wasn't going to stand by and watch the world go by! Go, Velma Jean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin b. 02-08-17
    Kevin b. 02-08-17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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