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#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.

©2013 Karen Kingsbury (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Karen does it again!

Another story that teaches the heart and touches the soul. Each time she writes, her books serve as a deep learning lesson. I love Karen Kingsbury.

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This should be in any collection

If you could sum up Fifteen Minutes in three words, what would they be?

Surprising,heart-breaking and well-written

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would let each chapter be told by a different character. This should be a series. The last filthy minutes tried to wrap it up too fast. This book should be required reading in this day and age.

Which scene was your favorite?

The heartbreaking song to the girl he loves

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes: When he saw what he lost

Any additional comments?

Do not let my rating hold you back. It is painfully true. Sadly too short.<br/><br/>

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Not sure if its the books fault or just me...

Although I'm Christian... I'm not a regular listener of "Christian" literature and actually didn't notice that phrase prior to buying book. The plot line is interesting and current as Zach (Christian worship leader) enters and becomes the likely winner of an "American Idol" type singing contest. Under pressure and busy, he stops thinking of the contest as a way to be "a light for Jesus." It has a nice romantic sub-plot.

So this could of been a really good book, "IF" the message had been toned down a little... but constant prayers, hearing the spirit whisper scripture to multiple characters, frequent rants about the danger of fame was over the top for me. It felt crammed down my throat. The perfect reader for this book would be a very religious young adult or ? maybe you... the author has put out a lot of books and seems to be popular with her fan base. Just not for me.

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meh

Was an ok book for a carefree read. Character development was too quick and hard to believe. Ending was disappointing and anticlimactic. I like Karen for easy reading but this wasn't a favorite.

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Not my favorite Karen. Kingsbury book

Story a little slow. Did not care much for the losing himself on the show, but all in all a good not great book

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Needed a woman's voice

Not real crazy about a guy's voice for narrator and thought the story jumped around too much with the characters.

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Keeping True

A bit predictable, but a good story with an important message. Likeable characters who are nicely developed. A great way to make good use of a long ride.

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Definitely Not the Ending I expected!

What made the experience of listening to Fifteen Minutes the most enjoyable?

It was so true and applied to many different things in life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Zach! He tried hard to stay true but the temptation of life plays its part.

Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I really, really enjoyed this narrator. Good tone of voice and he had great emphasize over the material.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he finally realizes what he has done and lost.

Any additional comments?

An excellent listen and I highly reccomend it.

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Predictable entire book club disliked this book

What would have made Fifteen Minutes better?

My book club picks from various types of books . We picked this one . It was so hard for me to get through and I usually never put a book down. The story seemed obvious which made it hard to keep my attention. Plus it seemed a little preachy . I think this book could have done much better if the story had been more developed. Even one of our members young daughters thought it was to easy to guess the story. Out of the club almost half stopped reading. I don't remember a time in our club where everyone did not finish the book. The others said they wished they had put it down also.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Kingsbury again?

No I will make sure never to listen to any of her books again it was to much a waste of my time

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifteen Minutes?

The beginning was good and story had promise but it went no where.

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