Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.
When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?
Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men).
- Great story
I really enjoyed listening to Grace Unplugged.
- Engaging Tale Of Growing Up
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson is a fascinating tale of a hugely talented young lady who ran away from her home and family to find fame but found a few other things in the process. It is a mix of coming of age and prodigal daughter stories that raises some interesting questions about Christians trying to "make it" in the mainstream music industry.
It has some really intriguing elements to the story as her father is a former rock-star, so he understand how the industry works and what it would take to succeed and the fact that she felt that her talents were being underused by her traditional church environment. Ultimately is a tale of a young lady making mistakes and trying to learn from them.
I understand that this book, adapted from the feature film of the same name, is loosely based on a true story, which makes it even more interesting. Although the book is not really aimed at my demographic and is far from a work of literary genius it is interesting and at times thought provoking.
The narration is very good, it really felt like the narrator was bringing the individual people to life with different tones, accents and expressions for each person.
This book would be a great read for teenage and young adult women as they would best be able to understand the situation but it would also make great family reading for older children.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Sweet Book
Although not many young adults leave home in search of fame, the underlying theme of this book reflects their quest to fulfill dreams and find significance. This story is also a good reminder of the importance of having solid friends who offer Godly advice. Grace's parents need to lean on their friends, a couple who happened to be their pastor and his wife, and Grace, too, finds timely support from a caring friend.
As the mother of two teenage girls, I identify with Grace's parents. The confusion of knowing what to do as their daughter slipped into a dangerous lifestyle leads them to push her further away, alienating her not only from the support of her parents but also her church. Grace questions her upbringing and spiritual foundation as she ventures into a world with different values. How far will she go until she remembers where to find help? Can her parents ride out this storm and maintain the sort of relationship with Grace that makes her want to turn to them?
ABOUT THE NARRATOR: Nora Hunter does an excellent job, with believable voice changes and a sweet tone that echoes what I imagine Grace's voice to sound like.
PARENTAL RATING: PG. I think this is a wonderful book for young people as well as parents of teens and young adults, but be aware that there are some (mild) references to alcohol and sex. That said, this is a definite must-add for my daughters' bookshelf.
**I received a copy of this book as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program.
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- Speedy Narration
Grace Trey is eighteen years old. While passionate about her Christian faith, she is also passionate about her craft: her musical talent. This probably sounds familiar: it's a major motion picture, and this audiobook is based off of it. Much like the movie, Grace is faced with the big break and the life challenges come with it: pop stardom or staying true to the faith. While one could argue both is possible, Miley Ray Cyrus just recently proved that with fame comes the fall of one's faith. This audiobook delves into the struggles Grace experiences in an intimate view of her thoughts and internal dialogue. In fact, in many ways, this audiobook reminds me of Miley's early years on the Disney channel and her public proclamations to never let down the Christian faith community.
Nora Hunter is a speed narrator. Her pace borders on breaking the speed of light at times, but mostly hovers at supersonic. Hunter's ability to narrate does come into question with her speed of narration, as it is hard to keep up with the narrator. One moment of losing focus could easily mean over a paragraph of missed narration. That said, however, Hunter has an appropriate inflection and respects the flow of the words with intonation, pauses, and tense changes. Apart from the speed, it is an excellent narration to pair to the fictional piece, but with the speed, the narration sits at about three stars.
Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
- GREAT message
I'd seen a short preview of the "Grace Unplugged" movie and looked forward to the audio book version.
In this book by Melody Carlson, Grace lives with her parents and plays and sings at their church. Her Dad had a hit song called "Misunderstood" years ago, but he left the music world after that one hit. They have shared their love of music through the years and now Grace is hurt and confused when her Dad doesn't seem to understand her style and music preferences. Grace considers her Dad to be way too overprotective and unrealistic in his expectations of her and her music. She wants to make her own way and live her own life and chase her dreams.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were believable in how the responded to each other and interacted. There is plenty of parent-child conflict and also conflict between Grace and her friends because of her choices. Grace's character and heart changes through the story, and it is interesting the other characters that are used to influence her in this process. I think this positive message is one that can really touch lives and is one that this generation need to hear.
This audio was read by Nora Hunter, and she was great for this book. She did a good job changing voices between the characters, and I enjoyed listening to her voice.
I received this audio book from christianaudio Reviewers Program for my honest review.
- Couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen!
I had heard of Grace Unplugged while reading a blog post of a blogger I follow. When I heard that the book was being made into a movie, I thought I would like to read the book. With my crazy school schedule, I didn’t know if I would have the time to read the book, so I decided to skip reading it. When I was offered the chance to review the audiobook of Grace Unplugged, however, I jumped at the chance and I am glad I did!
From the start of this book, I was hooked. The story is about Grace, who is the daughter of a worship pastor. The two play on stage together and lead worship together. Grace does not always agree with her fathers’s style of playing, so she decides to change it on her own while playing. This obviously causes problems between Grace and her father. Grace feels her father is holding her back from her dreams and decides to set out and chase them.
This story took me on the adventure of following Grace as she followed her dreams. The story felt real and I could sense what Grace was going through throughout the story. I eagerly listened to this story waiting to find out what would happen.
The narration of the story was well done. I usually prefer to have the author read the book because I think they add something to the story. I was surprised at how well I was transported into this story since the author did not read it.
I am really glad I got the chance to read, or listen, to this book. I am glad I did not miss out on the opportunity of hearing this enjoyable story. I enjoyed the book so much that I would like to see the movie sometime as well.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
- Very Enjoyable!
Grace Trey has always dreamed of playing her own music, of making it big and being able to share her music with the world, when she attempts to do her own thing with music her father, Johnny Trey, former one hit wonder turned worship leader brings it to a halt. Although she enjoys playing on the worship team at church she doesn’t understand why her father is against the new sound she enjoys bringing into worship.
When a friend from her father’s music days shows up unexpectedly asking him to rerecord his song and Johnny turns him down, Grace finds it to be the perfect chance to get her big break. Grace moves to LA and quickly learns what it means to be a rising star in the music industry and begins to learn that it isn’t everything she thought it would be. Grace finds herself surrounded by worldly things, being set up and lied too and is unable to write the song she knows is in her heart she is on a downward spiral and as far away from God as she has ever been before.
Melody Carlson has done a great job with Grace Unplugged, it is a familiar story that all of us face, a story of chasing after the things we want by worldly standards and learning that if we follow God and hand our dreams to Him, He will fill them in bigger and better ways than we could have imagined. Through this story Grace struggles with family and friends and career choices, and her faith, something that all young Christians go through at some point.
Carlson created a great story that you will love! I am excited to see how the movie compares, this is a great weekend read!
I received this book complimentary through Christian Audio. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
- Great Story
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book based on the movie of the same name. I must admit that when I first started listening I was distracted by the thought that the characters in the film were doing the same things. However the story really drew me in and I was hooked listening at every free opportunity I had. I really liked the main character Grace and didn't feel that she was being rebellious but rather that her father was too controlling. The storyline was good and the characters were believable especially in relation to the whole music/celebrity business.
The narrator Nora Hunter was absolutely perfect getting all the characters voices just right, I'd definitely like to listen to more audiobooks with her narrating. I'd definitely recommend this to all ages and maybe more to parents of teenagers/pre-teens in particular.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this free copy.