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4.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 5 4.05 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir, Full Cast, Roxanne Hernandez, Don Leslie, Stefan Rudnicki, Judy Young Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Above the Line Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780310288480
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Could they change the world—before the world changes them? Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison left the mission field of Indonesia for the mission field of Hollywood with a dream bigger than both of them. Now they have done the impossible: raised enough money to produce a feature film with a message that could change the world. But as Chase and Keith begin shooting, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart—even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people’s lives. In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before—or is the risk too great for everyone?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/18/2014

    " This is the first adult book I've read by this author. Enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Carr | 2/12/2014

    " There is something unexplainable that occurs when reading a Karen Kingsbury novel. My thoughts, heart, mind, and soul begin to circle around Him and brings me back to my center. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 2/10/2014

    " I love Karen Kingsbury and this series is great!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 2/7/2014

    " Easy and Quick Beach read--Christian Genre. Another title for my HS Media Center shelves that I wanted to read before adding to the collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 2/6/2014

    " Can't wait to read "Take Two." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/2/2014

    " a new series by Karen Kingsbury, one of my favorite authors.....many of her characters from the Redemption series are back! I love the story line of 2 men trying to make a movie that will change lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/29/2014

    " This book was great, and I can't wait for the next one in the series to be released. I liked how the characters were challenged, but most made good decisions. I'm excited to read the next book and see what happens with the college students, Bailey and Cody especially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/27/2014

    " A story about a family that has come back from being missionaries for a long period of time and what they are doing in their lives in the United States. For me, the most interesting story line was about the daughter who attends IU and how she is unsure of her faith. There are more in this series, which I may or may not read. The cheese factor is kind of high in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/4/2014

    " new series for her. use some of the old characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/4/2014

    " This book is great! I actually got emotional towards the end. Can't wait to read Take Two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Marie | 12/31/2013

    " Typical Kingsbury - drama-filled lives but an easy read. She sprinkles in characters from previous series, so people keep reading to find out what happens to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri Kring | 12/21/2013

    " Loved this book, ready for the next take... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rshelite | 12/19/2013

    " Another wonderful book by Karen Kingsbury...I haven't read any of hers that aren't. They make me laugh and cry. She always has real life situations and you don't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Landry | 12/11/2013

    " Great book read the second book first didnt relize it was a series loved the story third book comes out in march i cant wait "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 12/9/2013

    " The characters were a bit immature for my enjoyment, especially the female teenagers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Jackson | 12/6/2013

    " This is one of a series. It was very good. Something for the young and not so young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 11/29/2013

    " really makes you look at the things that happen in life differently "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaclyn Hallstrom | 9/7/2013

    " while it had a good premise (christians making an inspiring film for everyone, not just christians), it was a little too judgmental and opinionated for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 7/11/2013

    " It's Karen. What more can I say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie Morris | 4/27/2013

    " I love any book by Karen Kingsbury and I was hesitant about this series because I was afraid it could not live up to the "Baxters"! But it has met all expectations and I can't wait to read the next book in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefani | 3/18/2013

    " Ever since I read "Unlocked" by Karen Kingsbury I have fallen in love with her writing. Sometimes the details seem a little wordy but you feel so good after reading her books. The characters in this series show how they face real life situations with their faith in God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 1/30/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book. It did take me a few chapters to get into to, but then I was hooked as with all Karen Kingsbury. I'm so excited to still get to check in on the Baxter family occasionally! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 12/31/2012

    " I just couldn't get into it so I stopped 1/2 way through. Wasn't the book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichole | 11/9/2012

    " I have got to get all of KK books I love the Baxtors and of course Cody and Baily. But I also love Andi and her family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Stallings | 9/8/2012

    " I love Karen Kingsbury books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 6/13/2012

    " I needed a good strong Christian themed book to help me go through a rough time. I wanted something with a positive outlook and a good strong message. This book did the trick for me! I enjoyed it and the messages that were constantly reinforced throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/28/2012

    " I really, really liked it! I thought that it was very good! Karen brought in the baxter family from the HUGE, big series that I like! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Jones | 10/28/2011

    " I loved this book! Could not put it down and as soon as I was done, rushed out to buy the 2nd one. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kw | 10/19/2011

    " Not her best book, but enjoyable, and I WILL read the next one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cris-Annette | 7/20/2011

    " Excellent book, had me attention from the very beginning. The new characters intrigued me, and I enjoyed catching up with the older characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Car | 5/6/2011

    " Good book about struggling with temptation. Also, relying on God to help you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 4/9/2011

    " I am soo glad the Baxter family's story doesn't end there!!! Now there are more adverntures and more decisions to make on every page!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 2/7/2011

    " So thankful that God can use a book to help remember to believe in his miracles! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 2/4/2011

    " Anyone who has read Karen Kingsbury know what a great author she is. This book is no exception. Characters struggle with finances, family and faith - and learn lessons on the way. Definetly leaves loose ends, though. Guess that means I'll have to read Take 2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/1/2011

    " I finished this on a recent trip to Houston to return to my mom. Kingsbury has high-volume writing down, but I was challenged by the believability of this book's timeframe. Of course, everything worked itself out in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2010

    " I love Karen’s stuff, so uplifting and real! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mae | 12/22/2010

    " This was a little too young for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 11/20/2010

    " They made a movie about Karen Kingsbury book "Like Dandelion Dust". While they were making that film, she was inspired to write a series about christian film makers. I enjoy her books and I collect christian films, so this series was a great one for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzie | 11/7/2010

    " Above the Line Series, Book 1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/25/2010

    " This book shows what God can do in everyday lives and how it can effect one another. I liked it because it was about two guys who wanted to change peoples lives. They face some challenges on the way to making their movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laityfamily | 10/21/2010

    " simple enjoyable easy read as always with Kingsbury. I've read every other book regarding the Baxter family so I can't really stop now. At least until Cody and Bailey finally figure out their relationship. =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cris-Annette | 10/11/2010

    " Excellent book, had me attention from the very beginning. The new characters intrigued me, and I enjoyed catching up with the older characters. "

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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.

Roxanne Hernandez is an audio narrator and a top narrator choice for young adult, adult drama, and Latin American/Chicano literature. She was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2011.

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.

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.