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Alone with the Stars

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In the summer of 1937, Amelia Earhart is the most famous woman in the world - a record-breaking pilot, a best-selling author, and a modern woman shattering the glass ceiling in the early days of aviation.

And then she vanishes.

In Tampa, Florida, 15-year-old Lizzie Friedlander spends her afternoons glued to her father’s radio, tapping into the enormity of a world she longs
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Published January 30th 2020 by Audible Original

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Lis Carey
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
In 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, set out on their around-the-world flight, and very nearly made it. They had completed 22,000 miles of the flight, with about 7,000 miles remaining, when they departed from New Guinea, headed for Howland Island. That was the last that was seen of Amelia Earhart, pioneering aviator and the most famous woman in the world.

For many years, the accepted version of events said that after the last transmissions received from Earhart while in the
Alex Shrugged
In this fictional account of a an historical event a young girl is listening to her father's shortwave radio set when she hears a call for help from the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart. As we know today, she was lost on the last leg of her circumvention of the world, possibly crashed on a desert island in the Pacific. In this story a little girl hears her message and writes down as much as she can of the message. She then goes to the local authorities to try to make sense of the message in order to ...more
Laney Dunn
I gave it my obligatory third of the book before I gave up. I know this audiobook is only two hours, but I can’t bring myself to finish it. It’s moronic. I’m sorry.

What I thought was going to be a fun interesting take on Amelia Earhart and the girl who heard her radio transmissions was anything but fun and anything but interesting.

Even though they are technically the main characters, Amelia and Lizzie aren’t really part of the story so much as witnesses to it. Their entire contribution is
Roberta  Lynne  Ruben
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A feminist interpretation of the life of Amelia Earhart’s last days as an aviator and her struggles to win every man’s respect.
Lizzie, an intelligent elementary school student living in Florida during the 1930’s who loves flying and airplanes. Her hero is Amelia Earhart, the brave female pilot who wants to be the first person to fly around the world.
In 1937, Lizzie becomes part of aviation history when she hears Earhart’s distress calls. In her in air communications, Earhart desperately states
Gilbert Stack
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Alone with the Stars, David R. Gillham has found a fresh and exciting way to present a brief biography of Amelia Earhart to modern readers. Earhart is on her final flight, slowly being forced to realize she is in serious trouble, while halfway around the world, a fifteen-year-old girl named Lizzie, is receiving her final transmissions—the famous pilot’s last plea for help.

This is a highly emotional story. Lizzie is trying to force people to recognize that she has a clue to where Earhart went
It's hard to tell from the cover if this is a children's story or just family oriented, and it turns out to be neither.

I love Amelia Earhart stories, so I picked this as one of my Audible Original freebies for Feb, 2020.

The story alternates points of view between Amelia Earhart on her last flight, and Lizzie, a 15 yr old girl that hears AE's distress call on her father's short wave.

The story is nice, but a little average for such a mysterious situation. The pace gets a little slow midway
Mariah Roze
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this book as one of my audible options. It was really interesting and I like the realistic fantasy of this read.

"In the summer of 1937, Amelia Earhart is the most famous woman in the world - a record-breaking pilot, a best-selling author, and a modern woman shattering the glass ceiling in the early days of aviation.
And then she vanishes.
In Tampa, Florida, 15-year-old Lizzie Friedlander spends her afternoons glued to her father’s radio, tapping into the enormity of a world she longs to
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
This audiobook is about Amelia Earhart and Lizzie Friedlander. It is based on true events but do not believe everything in this audiobook. A lot of what is presented is just conjecture about Amelia's thoughts and feelings during her voyage and the day she disappeared. It even tries to make us believe she might have been pregnant during the voyage. I assume some of Lizzie’s POV is also conjecture but can't be 100% on that since I do not know very much about her.

Overall, I wish this had been more
Jim Gleason
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if this is just a novel or biographical, but it really doesn't matter since it reads a being very historical and real-life for the young girl (and her supportive father) as she deals with an amazing experience in her very young teen life. A long time fan of Amelia Ehrhart ('AE'), she happens upon a distress signal as AE's historic flight is in progress at a time when all contact with that flight has been lost. The drama develops as she tries (with her father's belief and support) to ...more
Catherine Puma
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
[This is interesting in some parts, but most of it is just disappointing. The alternative history element of having a little girl hear Amelia Earhart's final transmissions and her desire to save her hero sounds really interesting. This could have been a fun and insightful story. In reality, a lot of these parts come across extremely over handed, especially the sexist comments from those who do not believe the main character. We just do not spend enough time with the characters to truly care ...more
Alan Teder
Dreamy picture of historical fiction jolted by foul language
Review of the Audible Original audiobook edition (January 30, 2020)
[Warning: There is a brief section of obscenities and racist invective towards the end of the book]

The above-the-clouds imagery used in the cover picture might give an impression of inspirational hopes and dreams. The actual book is rather bland though and actually becomes disturbing at one point with an unnecessary obscenity-laced rant when a Coast Guard officer (who
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books, audible
Alone with the Stars is an interesting little Audible Originals audiobook. At only two hours long, it offers a light respite between lengthier listens. Summer 1937... Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were flying over the Pacific Ocean in what would become her infamous last flight. In a comedy of weight-dropping errors, they got rid of the CW (telegraph code key) transmitter on her plane and a trailing antenna that would have allowed her to use the 500-kilocycle marine frequency. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Amelia Earhart is a historical figure I am interested in, but haven't made any deep study of. Her disappearance is one of those great unsolved mysteries that I sometimes ponder when my brain is wandering at night--and one I've enjoyed fictional imaginings about.

This one connects E with one of her fans, a young woman inspired by E's adventures, trying to become a powerful and well-educated woman during an era when that was less common and even harder to do than it is now. If there's any truth in
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
2 1/2 stars

I selected this free Audible Original because it was about Amelia Earhart, and her story has fascinated me since I was a young girl. This particular bit of true AE history was previously unknown to me and really quite remarkable. I ended up doing some of my own research after finishing the audiobook and enjoyed learning more about the various people who heard AE's distress calls. It's also quite tragic :(

I would have given this book a better rating if not for the heavy handling of the
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
I don’t usually get any of Audibles freebies because the topics are not of interest to me. This being an actual story sounded more interesting. I probably would give it 2 stars but it was free so it earned an extra . It had a good premise but failed on carrying it out. Too many unimportant ideas were added. Such as: the father taking his daughter to the coast guard to report her findings. The head guy totally not interested, could careless about a woman pilot etc. Totally believable and it ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This novella about a young girl who hears Amelia's Earhart's broadcast for help makes for an intriguing audiobook. The girl's narrative is interpolated with that of Amelia herself, and they make for a rather compelling story about attempts to overcome the strictures placed on girls and women of that time--and their successes and failures in doing so.

I wish the author would have had enough oomph to turn this novella into a full-fledged novel. Doing so would have allowed him the room to breathe
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I thought this was going to be a fun read about Amelia's mysterious disappearance. However, it turned out to be a feminist novel's take on the possible interactions between men and the fictional Lizzy who picks up Amelia's distress signals. The interactions Lizzy has with men are so overly exaggerated they are not believable. Misogyny is real but the interactions in this story are simply laughable. There is a scene where a teacher describes Lizzy as submitting the perfect paper, but still giving ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am not sure of the intended audience and was unable to gauge what the book was really about from the short synopsis and frankly still feel left wondering. Again, age geared toward & intention ... young readers perhaps a mindless fiction book but I don't get the point unless feminism heroes? I will stop and let you decide if you want to read rather than my perspective.

One pet peeve I do have to note as criticism is the incessant use of acronyms used throughout the book in referring to
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Great premise. I didn't even know that this was actually a real person. I wish they had acknowedged the real woman, at the beginning. I don't feel like saying "based on true events" was enough. Also, I think adding some of the drama to make the feminist point went a little too far (such as the guy at the Coast Guard). Overall, it was enjoyable and definitely had me looking up info about what HAS been found about her after all these years. I think it's too bad that the actual girl who heard these ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This audio book is an interesting take on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. The story centers around a high school student, Lizzie, who has been following all of Amelia's adventures and is an ardent admirer. Lizzie's father is a short-wave radio fan and has several at their home. While listening in on one of the radios, Lizzie hears Amelia, on her last flight, trying to communicate her difficulties. Apparently, Lizzie was the only one who got the messages. The ending of the story is quite ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
I am slightly obsessed with AE myself so can appreciate Liz's position in this. The scene with the Coast Guard was definitely predictable but I didn't see it coming, such a jackass! I would have loved for this to be longer, to know what happens after the book ends. Enjoyable listen.
Edited to add: this is fiction, which some reviews seem to be confused about. It's historical fiction but it's still fiction. Also some seem to think this was marketed toward a younger audience and I didn't get that
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Informative and interesting, Alone with the Stars made my commute fly by (wink wink)!
It tells the story of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, along with weaving the story of a girl who may have heard her distress signal. I learned more about Amelia’s relationships that I found very interesting. The whole thing was so short though! Immediately after it was over I found myself googling tidbits from the book to see how accurate they were to reality. I wanted to know more, and I wish the story had been
Jamie Suter
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
The description of the book was misleading. It basically gives one woman’s imagining of how Amelia Earhart could have died. No additional details or connections to her, just a short story about a possibility of how it happened. Not impressed. Recommended only for those who are obsessed with the aviator.
Jack Puryear
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's a historical fiction novella, so it's hard to tell what actually happened versus what is 21st century feminism thrust into an historical account. I quit listening by the end because it was swearing a lot and pushing a political agenda over historical information. 2 stars because the narrator does a good job with the type of story.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
felt like I wasted my time. was not aware the book was based on real life occurrences, and was disappointed with how the book ended- no closure. having been informed that this is a true story, I couldn't grasp the concept on point of the story besides for it being low key feminist. what I can I take from this read? nothing
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting listen that talked about some lesser and well known theories about Amelia E. Then some fictional portions were interwoven with a young girl who might have heard her. It felt like this was more of a novel but didn’t know how to end and just did. Overall, not a bad free listen.
Victoria Hosman
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to this audiobook. I just kind of hoped that it would be better than the other audiobooks that I've listened to so far this year (2020). And it was a good audiobook. I can see myself returning to it again soon.
August Schiess
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a 2-hour audiobook, I liked this. I love historical fiction, and it was interesting to get in the mindset of Amelia Earhart and a young woman trying to help her in the late 1930s. An enjoyable way to spend a drive home.
This was a free Audible selection, it’s a short story, it was barely worth my time. I don’t even know why am recording that I read it. I do not suggest it. But I did get some housework done while I listen to it so there is that.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to say that I was quite disappointed by this book. It is a fictional story about a young girl who claims to have heard the SOS call from Amelia Earhart. It is a short story so not much time to develop but I didn't feel any connection to the girl or Amelia Earhart.
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David R. Gillham is the New York Times bestselling author of City of Women. He studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California before transitioning into fiction. After moving to New York City, Gillham spent more than a decade in the book business, and he now lives with his family in Western Massachusetts. In writing this book he has spent six years researching Anne Frank and her ...more