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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Judy Young, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki, Amanda Carin, Amanda Carin, Judy Young, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki, Amanda Carlin Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bailey Flanigan Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780310411994
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The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She's determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan. Love, loneliness, big opportunities, and even bigger decisions highlight the first book in the new Bailey Flanigan series that features members of the popular Baxter family and finally completes the Bailey Flanigan/Cody Coleman story. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lia | 2/20/2014

    " This was the stereotypical romance novel. I was able to predict exactly what the main character guy and girl were going to do next. It was not only predictable, but the plot line was lacking. Apart from some page long sections (some meaning 2-3), the book was boring and left lot to be expected. There were also the occasional typing errors, and some dialogues made no sense in terms of who was supposed to be speaking and the structure of their sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Smith | 2/10/2014

    " Liked it - didn't like it as much as her other books though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shari | 2/3/2014

    " This book was a quick, mostly enjoyable read. It is, however, in the middle of a series of books about Bailey Flanigan. There was clearly a lot of history to the characters that I missed. I was disappointed in the ending, in that there were several plot lines that did not get resolved. I assume they continue in the next books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/30/2014

    " i really like this author.... although i feel like sometimes she is sooooo wordy or descriptive... the book could be half this length... i hope she chooses cody:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " Karen Kingsbury writes very well with powerful plots,wonderful characters,and interesting crises about faith and family relationships. She's quite good at drawing characters that readers respond to emotionally,and her plots are entertaining as well as deeply Christian. I really have loved following the Baxter family story although these novels are focused more on Bailey Flanigan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/17/2014

    " Karen is so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 1/15/2014

    " She still doesn't know enough about Indiana! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danita Lawrence | 1/14/2014

    " Karen has such a way with words. She tells great stories!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Deutsch | 12/4/2013

    " The Bailey Flanigan series is pretty similar to the previous series, but an enjoyable read in any case. I do love the way Karen's writing makes you think deeper about your own actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeani | 11/23/2013

    " I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 11/22/2013

    " Was a little disappointed in the direction of this book but will read the rest of the series, maybe come back and reread. I want a happy ever after for Bailey with the man she's always loved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess (Shepherdjel) | 11/18/2013

    " This wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be...I hope the next one will be better. I guess this one was all the set up for the series, but nothing too exciting happened so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 11/10/2013

    " I love Karen Kingsbury but this book had way too many "walks down memory lane". I understand that the writing of this book corresponded with her own daughter's growing up and leaving. Still a good book, just not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/10/2013

    " Oh my gosh. I cried so many times in this book. It was amazing!!! So emotional and touching. Loved all the characters. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and find more series by Karen Kingsbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Davidson | 10/27/2013

    " Wonderful read as always!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 6/17/2013

    " cried often ....that's a sign of a moving book for me....love books by karen kingsbury... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 6/13/2013

    " It seems almost sacrilegious to not love a Christian fiction book. This is my first Karen Kingsbury. I have friends who LOVE Karen Kingsbury's books. For me, though, her writing is just too simplistic, the story too perfect, too preachy, and a bit annoying at times. Forgive me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leea Dipentino | 6/13/2013

    " This is a wonderful book and my first experience with Karen Kingsbury. I am hooked! I love the way she sprinkles scripture through out the story in such a realistic way. She gives us wonderful examples of a christian life with ups and downs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 3/11/2013

    " My first Karen Kingsbury book. Wow, what an amazing writer. The characters are so easy to relate to, and the writing has a good pace. I know I'll be reading alot more by this wonderful author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamika Lindsey | 5/13/2012

    " It was ok. Not really exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 5/9/2012

    " easy light read. Was refreshing after reading a few more difficult read.s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 2/2/2012

    " So so good! Read the whole book today(: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Littler | 1/30/2012

    " Loved it... great christian based book.. i would let a young reader about 13 read this.. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Clemente | 12/30/2011

    " Brilliant book....... I Always enjoy reading Karen Kingsbury books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 7/19/2011

    " As usual, Karen Kingsbury does not disappoint. I just love reading about the Baxter Family and the surrounding group of friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/9/2011

    " I thought it was good, definitely shed a few tears. Can't wait to read the next one in June. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/1/2011

    " As usual, Karen Kingsbury does not disappoint. I just love reading about the Baxter Family and the surrounding group of friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 4/29/2011

    " I could always recommend Karen Kingsbury for anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/28/2011

    " there is always sooo much to keep you
    hanging, don't want to give too much
    away but there better be some serious
    answers in the next few books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawana | 4/28/2011

    " Inspirational fiction of current everyday life. This is a new series starting with Bailey Flanigan and her journey of growing up. At least 3 to come in this series. Kingsbury is the best with this style of fiction. Always heartfelt and even if you cry- feel better at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 4/25/2011

    " An enjoyable story, but a little too sentimental for my taste. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Kingsbury has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. Aside from being an author, Kingsbury is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”

About the Narrators

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Amanda Carlin is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has appeared in such television shows as Law & Order, Lost, Bones, and The West Wing. Her narrations include Karen Kingsbury’s Bailey Flanigan series, among others.