Velva Jean Learns to Drive : Velva Jean

  • by Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia
  • Series: Velva Jean
  • 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!

And once again, she doesn't disappoint. Of course, I have to give Jennifer Niven some credit since she wrote this wonderful story. The characters and the plot are so real. It could happen in your own back yard. Although I felt like it was a little slow at first, I quickly became hooked to the characters, especially Velva Jean herself. Highly recommend it!
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- Susan


Honestly, one of the best books I've listened to!
Ranks up there with The Help, The Kitchen House, etc.
Good storyline, good characters, well written - what more could you ask for?
Well performed as well, by Jenna Lamia.
Just a really, really good read - I promise - you won't be disappointed!
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- Sue "Sue"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio