Velva Jean Learns to Fly : Velva Jean

  • by Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by Emily Durante
  • Series: Velva Jean
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.


What the Critics Say

"Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven's writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I wish Jenna Lamia had narrated the entire series.

What did you like about this audiobook?

Great story and characters

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?


Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Lots of detail on my hometown, Nashville. Love the characters!

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Not a bad narrator, but Jenna Lamia was better.

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- Betsy

VJ Drives Better Than She Flies

VJ Learns to Drive was one of my favorites, the performance 5 stars. VJ Learns to Fly was barely bearable. Had I not been on bed rest I wouldn't have gotten through it. I did enjoy learning about the WASP's roll in WWII. Everything in the story was just too contrived. The narrator was horrible. I would have given her a zero if I could have. She is particularly bad in the first 1/4 of the book. She gets tolerable in the last 1/3. I really got tired of VJ going through the same old list of friends, experiences and lessons every time she faced a problem. The character just wasn't believable through this narrator or the story. VJ's life's dream goes from singing at the grand ole opry to flying bombers for the air force? Too big a leap. Even the "rise above it syndrome" doesn't explain this turn around in her to the point she is willing to die to fly. I would highly recommend VJ Learns to Drive, then she needs to stay on the ground! The book ends with hints at a sequel "VJ Learns to Fight."
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- Jbug

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio