Stars of Alabama

A Novel by Sean of the South
Narrated by: Sean Dietrich
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (364 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sean Dietrich - also known as Sean of the South - weaves together a humorous and heartfelt tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope.

One child preacher traveling across the plains.

One young woman with a mysterious touch.

Two old friends, their baby, and their bloodhound.

And all the stars that shine above them.

When 15-year-old Marigold becomes pregnant amid the Great Depression, she is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying - and something of a local legend.

Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the misfit family finds its way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.

As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name as the dust storms rage across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars - and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.

As the years pass and a world war looms, these stories intertwine in surprising ways, reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.

Praise for Stars of Alamaba:

"Sean Dietrich has given us an absolute treasure of a novel.... Dietrich is an author who understands the hidden landscape of a soul; his voice both clear and authentic. The separate storylines are vivid and distinct yet they also move inexorably closer to each other in a world both cruel and beautiful. Healing and hope come alive in these characters, allowing it to come alive in us." (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis)

"Sean Dietrich - you already love him. Prepare to love him even more for giving you this story - Stars of Alabama - the characters, human and canine, that will sew themselves to your very heart." (Jill Conner Browne, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"Sean Dietrich has woven together a rich tapestry of characters - some charming, some heartbreaking, all of them inspiring. Stars of Alabama is mesmerizing, a siren’s call that holds the reader in a world softly Southern, full of broken lives and the good souls who pick up the pieces and put them back together into a brilliant, wondrous new mosaic full of hope." (Dana Chamblee Carpenter, award-winning author of the Bohemian Trilogy)

Stand-alone historical novel set in the 20th century.

Audiobook length: approximately 98,000 words. Includes discussion questions for book clubs.

©2019 Sean Dietrich (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Sean does it again!

Sean Dietrich is a master wordsmith. He can take the stories, the words of common people and weave them so that we mere mortals can see the beauty that exists in everyday life. Mr. Dietrich took three stories and wove them together in a book I could not put down. Listening to the author read the book is the only way to hear the stories the way the author hears them in his head. You get to hear the words exactly the way he intends them. This was a wonderful experience.

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Wow! How have I not heard of this?!?

I have been looking for books similar to those of Sarah Addison Allen or Where the Crawdads sing. I would highly recommend this to fans of either. Beautifully written and narrated. A bit of “magic”. I have searched recommendations and reviews but I never would have found this. I just took a chance on it during the 2 for 1 sale. This is not what I expected. I was blown away. I couldn’t stop listening. I loved it.

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Don't Bother

This is perhaps the worst book I have ever forced myself through to finish.. The story was ridiculous, non-sensical and, at times, sacrilegious. The narrator's southern accent was difficult to understand. The entire premise was stupid. Save your money or your credit. I don't recommend this one at all.

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Wow!

This was not at all what I expected, but oh so much better. Thanks Sean! ♥️

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I laughed. I cried.

I laughed. I cried. I smiled and enjoyed every moment of the journey with the characters in this novel. Such an honest look into the heart of mankind. Having the audio book read by this author is a treat.

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It’s the south

Being a southern born/bred boy myself I can tell you that I truly enjoyed this book. Gonna have to find more by this author!

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Enjoyable picture of the Old South

Sean is an affable writer and fine reader of his touching and humorous portrayal of some fascinating characters of the south. We enjoyed his wit and compassionate tales. Can't wait for his next book!

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Couldn’t stop listening

I love the narrator he is expressive and a just a fantastic story teller. The story captures you from the beginning taking you to another place and time. I’m going to look for more books by this author.

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Fantastic!

A light sense of humor softens a tale of woe. A heartfelt ending and rich characters make this book magical.

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Wonderful!

Excellent narration, perfectly matched to the story. I enjoyed the weaving of this tale and did not speed it up like I usually tend to do--it is meant to ramble along like a slow drawling Southern day.

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