Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury
read by Kirby Heyborne
#1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury shows why she is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with this dramatic story about character, compromise, and the cost of having it all.
Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.
Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster. Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?
From the novelist dubbed the "Queen of Christian Fiction" by Time magazine, Fifteen Minutes explores the cost of fame and celebrity set against the backdrop of America’s favorite singing competition.
My Take: I usually like Karen Kingsbury books so I thought I would give this book a try. I did like this book but not as much as some of her other books about the Baxter's. I did like it more than The Chance. This book takes a look at a singing show much like American Idol where the singers get their Fifteen Minutes of Fame. Zach swears that he is in the competition just to try and get enough money to bail out his families failing Horse farm. He also makes a promise to his girlfriend. while Zack is waiting in line he meets a group of cheerleaders who's Zoey flirts with him. The producers see them together and thinks they should be a couple. They edit footage to make it seem as if they are together and after awhile of being together everyday things start to happen .. Will Zach compromise the promise he makes to God and to His girl back home? This boo was interesting from beginning to the end as I use to watch American Idol every season up until a couple of seasons ago. I liked the way Karen Kingsbury explored how the shows manipulate people for ratings and how what is seen on the show is not really how things are in real life. I think this is very much done in the so called reality shows. If you like Karen Kingsbury I think you will like this book.
Kirby Heyborne did a fairly good job with the narrating. It was kind of awkward when he read the lyrics of songs when the characters were suppose to be singing. other than that he did a good job.
I received a review copy of this audio book from Simon and Schuster Audio in exchange for my honest opinion.