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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Niven Narrator: Emily Durante Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674445
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven’s writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Niven delivers another tale full of hope, heartbreak, and nostalgia in this sequel to Velva Jean Learns to Drive…A tasteful blend of comedy, inspiration, and endurance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven's writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean. Booklist Starred Review
  • “Narrator Emily Durante quickly engages listeners…[and] establishes a North Carolina accent that never flags and a tone that clearly defines her feisty grit.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/11/2014

    " This A.R.C. book came to the bookstore. I decided to give it a try because I enjoyed this author's first book in the series, "Velva Jean Learns to Drive". This author delivered more interesting characters and twists in the story. I will encourage anyone who enjoyed the first book to give the second book a try. Some of the story was not believable but it was still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Hansen | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book. Velva Jean is such an endearing character. Her inner dialogue and observations always made me smile. It was also interesting to learn about the WASP and their role in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/27/2014

    " Not as good as the first book - Velva Jean Learns to Drive, but still a very good read. Love her characters & the way she develops them. However, could have done with a little less of the wartime flying chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/26/2014

    " I love the Velva Jean character, and in this second book she did not fail me. I think I like this book better than the first one even if it took longer reading it. I can't wait for the next one....It kind of leaves you hanging so I'm sure there is another one coming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 1/24/2014

    " You need to read the other book first, otherwise you don't get the references to past events and characters. I read this book about a year after the first, so it was a little hazy for me. Best to read back-to-back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanie | 1/17/2014

    " I just love Velva Jean. What I wouldn't give to hear her sing . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy Eaton | 1/13/2014

    " Cute story. Good for listening to while walking or exercising. Well read. Long, but that's OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/1/2014

    " One of those books you jut can't put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 11/25/2013

    " I'm not always a fan of historical fiction, but this one was excellent. Made me want to look some things up to historical review to know more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 11/24/2013

    " Enjoyed this sequel to Velva Jean learns to Drive. Looking forward to the next Velva Jean book coming out in September - Becoming Clementine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Blodgett | 5/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this... Maybe not as much as VJLTD, but still liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Turnock | 3/24/2013

    " I loved this book, but I do wish I had read the first book, first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 7/17/2012

    " Did not like this one near as much as VJ Learns to Drive. Too long, lost interest and the ending, if you could call it that was bad. Left you hanging. Must be panning a third book. I won't read it if there is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briana Harley | 6/3/2012

    " So much adventure! And great characters! Velva Jean has amazed me once again! I love it! <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Flynn | 5/24/2012

    " One of my all time favorite books. Niven's characters are so life-like and the imagery is beautiful. It's oddly compelling and emotionally affecting. Highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marj | 5/5/2012

    " Loved it. I was so happy to follow Velva Jean into her next adventure and see her grow and develop into an incredible woman. And the bonus was learning about the WASP (women Pilots) during WWII. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 2/17/2012

    " Wow. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a long time! Pretty amazing story! Full review to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moss | 10/23/2011

    " Loved this as much as the first book if not more!!! Hope there will be another Velva Jean story soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 10/9/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books. Niven's characters are so life-like and the imagery is beautiful. It's oddly compelling and emotionally affecting. Highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Blodgett | 10/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this... Maybe not as much as VJLTD, but still liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briana | 9/4/2011

    " So much adventure! And great characters! Velva Jean has amazed me once again! I love it! <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 8/13/2011

    " Wow. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a long time! Pretty amazing story! Full review to come. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven’s first book, The Ice Master, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year in 2000 by Entertainment Weekly. A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer, she has ten different publishers in ten separate countries, and The Ice Master has been translated into eight languages. Jennifer and her work have appeared in Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Talk, Glamour, the New Yorker, Outside, the New York Times Book Review, the London Daily Mail, the London Times, and Writer’s Digest, among others. Dateline NBC, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel have featured The Ice Master in hour-long documentaries, and it has been the subject of numerous German, Canadian, and British television programs.

About the Narrator

Emily Durante’s recent performance credits on the East Coast include commercial and industrial voice work and a multitude of audiobook narrations. She has also directed audiobooks, including the Earphones Award–winning performance of Heaven’s Keep narrated by Buck Schirner. Emily resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two young boys.