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Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Box Set (Books 1-3)

Narrated by: Keli Douglass
Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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A three-in-one bundle of suspense and excitement as missionary kid Kennedy Stern faces more danger, mystery, and controversy than this anxiety-prone college student knows how to handle.

Confronted with questions of underage abortion, plagued by a stalker and paralyzing PTSD flashbacks, and eventually caught in the center of a police brutality scandal, Kennedy discovers that her first year at Harvard involves a lot more than passing a few lab classes and fulfilling her pre-med requirements.

With her parents serving North Korean refugees overseas, Kennedy befriends a loving and highly opinionated pastor, his hospitable and encouraging wife, an eccentric but respectful roommate whose worldview is drastically different from Kennedy's, and a foreign lab partner who's harboring a grave secret he'd do just about anything to keep from being exposed.

The Kennedy Stern Christian suspense series tackles controversial issues facing the church today and brings them to light in a way that encourages questions and fosters discussions without ever turning preachy or heavy-handed. Find out why listeners from all denominations, all walks of life, and all sides of the political spectrum are devouring this thought-provoking series from edgy Christian fiction author Alana Terry, who has won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, The Book Club Network, Readers' Favorite, and many others.

©2015, 2016 Alana Terry (P)2017 Alana Terry

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Had Potential ... but

When I have a three book set, I am the sort of person who has to read all three books--even if the characters (particularly the main character) and narration are driving me crazy. That's why I finished the Kennedy Stern Box Set (Books 1-3). Each book had potential, but the development of the characters and each storyline left me disappointed.

Each book had a solid, contemporary foundation to build on, and each book had aspects of suspense, but for the most part, they were dull. In Unplanned (the first book), it is beyond belief that Kennedy's family friends, Karl and Sandy, could be pastors of a mega church, but were unable to find anyone to help them with their pregnancy centre. Not like any mega church I know. The discrepancies of their life continued throughout the three books. For example, Kennedy spent time recovering at their home, but didn't find out until well into the second book about any of their children or foster children, or that Sandy minded her grandson three days a week.

The third book, Policed, had the best start of all. It had the most potential of all the books. Unfortunately, the story didn't build on the rogue cop aspect (as in finding the one involved). Instead, it waffled on until it all turned back against her friend/love interest, Reuben. That's when it became interesting again. The worst thing about book 3 was the constant use of book metaphors. Okay, we get the fact that Reuben and Kennedy had found an interest in studying children's literature in this book, but oh my, I cringed every time the author used one. One or two, here or there, would have been great, but there were way too many. If there were a Christian alternative to a drinking game, we could have played it every time a book metaphor was used.

At least the end of Book 3 had drama and sacrifice. It was, perhaps, the one part of all the books where the characters made an impact and felt real in their emotions.

Perhaps, this is a series I may have enjoyed more if I had read it instead of listening. The narrator didn't bring the stories or characters to life, which was a pity. Her voice suited the target listener, but it lacked presence and impact.

Overall, I can see why many readers appear to love these books. They are undemanding, while attempting to tackle some tough subjects. Of course, they are also very clean (no bad language or inappropriate behaviour by the Christian characters). They don't try to hide the fact that non-Christian characters are up to naughty things off stage, and I appreciated that honesty in a Christian book. In those ways, the Kennedy Stern books are an attempt to meet that new adult market of Christian readers who want a little more than a young adult main character. However, for me, they didn't hit the spot. I wasn't able to sufficiently lose myself in the stories and characters to be able to overlook the annoying aspects and discrepancies.



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Different. engaging.sad

in some parts it was predictable. listening to all 3 I found it far too unbelievable for so much to happen. yet it wad still an ok listen

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  • Cosette C.
  • 29-10-2017

LOVED these stories

I loved listening to these stories. This is not my normal book genre but for whatever reason I purchased and downloaded this box set to my audible. I'm glad I did. The main character, Kennedy has an overwhelming way of getting into dramatic situations. The issues brought up in each of these story lines are tough and the author tackled them head on with a no nonsense approach. I would recommend ❤

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  • Debra
  • 19-09-2017

Irritating as an Audio Book! Very disappointed!

Let me begin by saying that I loved the idea of the story itself, and I think it would have been good book to read because you would be able to skip past the boring parts, but, as an audio book...it was very irritating. The main character, Kennedy, comes off as a complete airhead. Kind of funny since she made it to Harvard. She can't remember to charge her phone or take it with her when she goes someplace. She blames God for all of her bad choices and irresponsible actions. And, she thinks more than she talks. Having to listen to everything she is thinking before speaking to someone is IRRITATING in the fullest. The narrator does not change voices for the characters at all, which makes it even worse. By the last book...I was ready to pull my hair out. I wanted to scream STOP THINKING ABOUT IT AND TALK. I gave it a fairly high rating because I think it would be a good book to read...but not to listen to. If I had realized what it was going to be like before I got so far into the series, I would have returned the book to Audible. But, since I listened to the whole series, I feel I shouldn't do that.

I listen to many of the books in my library, over and over because they bring me such joy. They are amazing. This book, I will NEVER listen to it again. I didn't hate it, but I definitely did NOT like it.

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  • Lore
  • 25-04-2018

Good story line okay but....

This could have been ok if the narrator had not had such a flat sounding voice. Not much emotion. Only finished listening because I wanted to know how it ended.

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  • Dianne
  • 25-08-2019

Narration was NOT good

This box set was a disappointment. The narrator did a horrible job on the male characters’ voices. The first book seemed to have parts of the story missing, as though it was abridged. The stories were just ok. Wish I hadn’t used a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-2019

Very monotone reader. Showed almost no emotion.

The storyline was great! The characters could have been brought to life with a little more enthusiasm from the reader. Even the intense and emotional portions of the book seemed bland because of how monotone the reader was.

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  • KIMBERLIE FLINTOFF
  • 29-07-2019

Buy a phone charger

I absolutely loved the stories. With all her Dad's great advice to keep Kennedy safe, why doesn't he have her buy her a cell phone charger and carrie it in her purse?

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  • AngieD
  • 15-07-2019

Better than a Lifetime movie!

i loved it! It kept me on the edge of my seat!
very inspiring story !

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  • Care-a-lot
  • 05-07-2019

first book was good...

The first book was good, and fast paced enough to keep my interest. However, the other books I kept hoping would get better, and the more I read, the more I became really frustrated with the main character. I liked the idea of the books dealing with today's issues, however, the author just didn't move the story along well enough. Also, one minute Kennedy was frozen in fear, and the best she would do something completely out of character for someone so fearful. I just became really annoyed overall with the story. Again, good idea, but just could have been done better.

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  • Kimberlie C.
  • 17-06-2019

Deals with modern day issues

This is a fairly good listen. The first two books were great. The last book was too slow paced for me and I thought the ending was disappointing. I didn’t like how “whiney” the main character is in the last story. It started to frustrate me. Overall, the stories are decent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2019

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ok story line, but I dont think I would listen to it again. thank you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-2017

disappointed

the overall story/stories were good and even had value, but very disappointed in the drama telling it, lost poignancy with the eordy dramatics.

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