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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Niven Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Velva Jean Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470815998
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Summer 1944, Paris, a secret mission, a dangerous passion—a spellbinding story you will never forget

After delivering a B-17 Flying Fortress to Britain, an American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives.

As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on a mission with her team to capture an operative known only as Swan. Once settled on Rue de la Néva, Clementine works as a spy with the Resistance and finds herself falling in love with her fellow agent Émile, a handsome and mysterious Frenchman with secrets of his own. When Clementine ends up in the most brutal prison in Paris while trying to help Émile and the team rescue Swan, she discovers the depths of human cruelty, the triumph of her own spirit, and the bravery of her team, who will stop at nothing to carry out their mission.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Becoming Clementine is a spirited tale of courage, honor, and loyalty. Jennifer Niven succeeds in not only illuminating an important and little-known role played by women during the war, but creating an unforgettable and heartfelt story that will resonate with readers far and wide.”

    Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl

  • “Jennifer Niven has done something I didn’t think was possible. She has topped Velva Jean Hart’s first two stirring adventures with a third that is an epic—powerful, gripping, tragic, romantic, and inspiring. Becoming Clementine, like all Niven’s books, is a page-turner of a story, with its riveting, insightful, on-the-ground perspectives of World War II. The time, the place, and the events are as authentic as Velva Jean herself. Spellbinding.”

    James Earl Jones, award-winning actor

  • “In her third book featuring hardscrabble Appalachian girl Velva Jean Hart, Niven delivers a heart-stopping tale of wartime intrigue, romance, and high adventure. Given Velva Jean’s preternaturally wise Southern outlook on human nature, one wonders if Scout Finch Goes to War wouldn’t be a more appropriate title.”

    RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

  • “The author gives [her heroine] plenty of hurdles to overcome, as well as a bit of romance, while readers learn more about the role women played in World War II. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Marie Bostwick’s On Wings of the Morning.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jennifer Niven has done it again!…A riveting, ‘can’t put it down,’ must-read.”

    Dr. Margaret S. Emanuelson, author of Company of Spies

  • “Things that are truly satisfying: the pull-through parking spot, finding a twenty in your jeans pocket, Velva Jean Hart. The woman you wish you could be, Velva Jean takes readers on a third superb adventure, this time through World War II France. Richly textured, historically evocative, emotionally mesmerizing, Becoming Clementine takes you on a journey so gripping you can smell the gun smoke. Jennifer Niven’s deft prose transports readers on a finely blended internal and external voyage, where Velva Jean’s physical adventures are as engrossing as her emotional exploration. Satisfying indeed, Becoming Clementine leaves you both satiated and yearning for more. I eagerly await Velva Jean’s next adventure.”

    Kerry Reichs, author of Leaving Unknown

  • “A proud descendant of Revolutionary War espionage heroine Jane Black Thomas, author Jennifer Niven comes by her appetite and aptitude for spy fiction instinctively and naturally. In Velva Jean’s latest adventure, cloak-and-dagger buffs will recognize and appreciate Niven’s artful and knowing introduction of tradecraft—techniques used to carry out covert operations…As a collector of ‘spy gadgets,’ and as a fan and student of real-life female agents, I found Niven’s authentic application of tradecraft a hidden gift in the espionage thriller that is Becoming Clementine. Read it for the intriguing tale and the intriguing tradecraft.”

    Linda McCarthy, founding curator of the CIA Museum

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki France darnes | 2/13/2014

    " I could not put this book down! Powerful and wonderfully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/10/2014

    " Another really good WW2 novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 2/5/2014

    " Wow! I wonder how many young women (Velva Jean is only 22 at the end of the story) had these types of experiences during WW2. Becoming a spy, assisting on the Freedom Line, being captured by Germans... I won't go on because I don't want to spoil the story, but WOW! I love seeing the growth in the character and how she comes to believe in what she is doing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/29/2013

    " Very interesting story. Very different from what I normally read. I really loved the characters. I might have to think about reading some of the other books. I hadn't realized it was connected to anything till after the fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Newman | 12/10/2013

    " A very well-written World War II adventure with a female protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/15/2013

    " Great audiobook! Very well narrated--I couldn't stop listening since the story was suspenseful and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 11/2/2013

    " I can't say enough about Jennifer Niven and her series of Velva Jean. From the first book to the last I have been engrossed into the life of a small southern mountain girl with a gusto for life. I can't wait to read book 4 when it's released!! Wonderful ...just wonderful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 11/1/2013

    " Not historical enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/31/2013

    " Good fun and interesting historical context as well. Very much a story for women who want to hear about heroic women from the past. Pretty well written. Maybe a bit too many twists and turns and close calls, but maybe that really was par for the course in WWII resistance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 9/9/2013

    " I thought this book was good. It moved smoothly. I Like to read about this time period. I have read other stories like this though. There weren't any big surprises. It was predictable, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian Pecenco | 9/3/2013

    " Another delightful tome in the Velva Jean series, though not quite up to the high standard set by the previous two novels. Kathe Mazur's reading was a bit quiet for the character, and I did prefer the previous narrations, but didn't overly deter from the text. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 8/12/2013

    " Not the best World World II novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/7/2013

    " Third in the series. I thought it was a little far-fetched, knowing Velva Jean, that she would do all this, but it was still fun reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/31/2013

    " I actually skimmed through the last quarter of this. It became so action packed, I couldn't read/fathom all the details. I'd rather watch action on the screen than try to read every swing taken, every lever pulled on the plane, etc. It turned out just all right to me, not a huge hit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Drake | 1/4/2013

    " Great book! I wish there were more Velva Jean books! "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places is Jennifer Niven’s first book for young adult readers, but she has written four novels for adults—American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive—as well as three nonfiction books—The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua-Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander. For more information, visit JenniferNiven.com, GermMagazine.com, or find her on Facebook.
About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.