The Flight Girls

A Novel
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (367 ratings)

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"Heart-breaking, validating, exciting." (Hypable)

"Rich historical detail...this saga has it all." (Woman's World)

Shining a light on a little-known piece of history The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women's fearlessness, love, and the power of friendship to make us soar.

1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It's why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart, who fast becomes a friend as treasured as the women with whom she flies. Then one fateful day, she gets caught in the air over Pearl Harbor just as the bombs begin to fall, and suddenly, nowhere feels safe.

To make everything she’s lost count for something, Audrey joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots program. The bonds she forms with her fellow pilots reignite a spark of hope in the face war, and - when James goes missing in action - give Audrey the strength to cross the front lines and fight not only for her country, but for the love she holds so dear. 

"Captivated me from the first page and never let go...a powerful tale of courage and sacrifice by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. A spectacular first novel." (Sara Ackerman, USA TODAY best-selling author of The Lieutenant's Nurse)

©2019 Noelle Salazar (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Left wanting more...

I wish the book was more about the women & their flight training/roles in the war. I wasn't expecting it to be a love story & wasn't necessarily disappointed by it, I thought it would be more about the women who flew during the war. We always hear about the brave men that fought for us, but not about the women. The narrator was very good, but the overall story left me wanting more.

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Author’s first novel SOARS!

SO enjoyed this book! The characters are so relatable and you feel like they are your girlfriends by the end of the novel. GREAT FIRST NOVEL by Noelle Salazar and I cannot wait to read her next novel.

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Fiction but true - real, raw, and worth the read!

....INCREDIBLE. A flawless work of perfect art about quite possibly the most pivotal moment in modern history. Everything was believable: the characters, the feelings, the situations, the dialogue....... I enjoyed this so much and I love that there were strong brave women back then to rise to such an occasion. And I am so grateful there are women like this author willing to put pen to paper and immortalize them with words so that their legacy can live on. I will never forget this book as long as I live.

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Fabulous! Couldn’t put it down!

And wonderful story, very well written, it pulled me right in. The characters were so believable and the story mixed with history made me love it. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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Wonderful Story

Loved this book. I don’t know if it’s because it’s set in an era I’m drawn to or that I’m a woman veteran ... or maybe that Xe Sands is one of my all time favorite narrators.... or .... lol. I couldn’t stop listening. The story of Audrey and her friends, her love, progress and hardship of war kept my interest throughout. There is a great love but this is not a “sizzling” type of book. It’s one of a great love found woven in with historical events. I haven’t cried over a book in a very long time, but certain scenes describing the heartbreak and horror of war as well as a few others brought me to tears. Great afterword by the author.

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Beautifully written

Love this book. I fell in love with Audrey and her love of life. It is a story of heartache and dreams. May you get swept up in the dreams of this book and then go pursue your own.

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Beautifully written

eloquently spoken, deeply felt. Historical fiction is a uniquely and special genre. And this is one of my favorites.

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Heroic Women!

I enjoyed this book. These women were truly brave and heroic. It made me angry it took so long for them to be recognized for their service, just because they were women! Thank you Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama for ultimately recognizing them!

Some parts were a little on the slow side. However, the story was interesting and illuminating. A fun read. Will make you happy, angry and sad at times.

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Great story!

If you like historical fiction, then this is a great read!
Moved fast. I didn’t want to stop listening or die it to end.
Hopefully, you’ll love the characters and story as I did

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eye opening

this is a fascinating story. the writing style lends itself very well to an audible version.

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