Jewel is Hollywood royalty; as the teenage star of the TV show Daddy's Girl, her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things: to get a serious education and to leave her controlling stage-mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers", and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her, or how treacherous it will become. Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life, if she can hold down two jobs and keep her grade point average up.
When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.
©2004 Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
This book takes you through every emotion a person could possibly feel. If you cannot relate to this book, you are a shell of a person!
It is a must read (or must listen) ha ha ha.
I liked the story of the three women and found their characters very believable if I focused on what the authors wrote and not on the narrators voice, diction and stereotypical intonation. This narrator sounded very much like a 14 -15 year old girl attempting to do a professional narration. In the beginning when the main characters were fresh out of high school on their way to college, it was not so bad to have them all sound like a 13 or 14 year old from a black television sitcom. When they were grown up it was quite annoying. The narrator also made one of the male characters sound like he was retarded to portray his lack of street smarts and another she made sound slimy to portray his knowledge of the streets and city life. Her diction was poor; likewise her pacing of words for emphasis and to give significance to statements was very poor. She mispronounced words and kept the characters so stereotyped that it was work to listen. I got so very tired of hearing supposedly intelligent people saying things like ?choo? instead of ?you?. One gets the feeling this narrator is young and inexperienced. At one point she read that a character had secreted a paper away (authors meaning: the person concealed it or put it away) the narrator pronounced the word as if the word meant secretion, i.e. the person oozed the paper away. I just felt as if this narrator did not do the story justice and did not know how to read for the characters as black people without using stereotypical intonation. I would not listen to another book read by this narrator.
This is my first book review. Not because this is the best book I have ever read, but this is my first opportunity to express my opinion.
I loved this book. It is so well written. I absolutely loved the voice of the reader. I look forward to the next book by these two authors.
I haven't read the print version. The audio version, read by Lisa Renee Pitts, was so well done I can't imaging anything coming close.
The fact that the authors drew my into the book. Very few authors have that ability - these 2 women do. What a gift for the reader! I am so sad the book is over, I feel a loss. That is true talent!
I can't pick one. The book as a whole, each chapter, every character, each story, they are all my favorite.
I liked all the characters as I do all my friends, but if I had to pick Jewell was my favorite.
I am so grateful the authors wrote this book, the narrator did such a brilliant job bringing it to life and that I had the good fortune to listen. Many hours of pleasure, and laughs, and sorrow.
I am an Audible Junkie!!!! lol I try to give reviews that are free of spoiler alerts. This is why I rarely go into the storyline.
The reviews I read before purchasing this audiobook did not let me down. This was a great read for someone like me in thier mid 30s who have dealt with the trials and tribulations of life.
WWII stories and Mysteries make me Happy!
I rolled my eyes at another black woman book, and just used my free credit. I was suprised to find i loved the book! i love the characters and looked forward to their growth. I am sorry i judged a book by its cover!
LIFE just happens that way sometimes!
I simply loved the whole story made me feel a part of something. A lifetime is all we have
At times I felt myself drifting off into space due to the vast amount of description the authors give...But over all this is a great story line, I enjoyed it a lot. 3 Ladies from diffrent backgrounds all had a diffrent life lesson to learn, but the one lesson they shared is that life is not always fair,,,, Enjoy
After reading "The Help" I scoured audible for my next awesome listen. Unfortunately, I found this book. "Better Than I Know Myself" might be a good actual sit down read since I found the plot interesting- but the narrator's voices are horrible- she switches between voices badly and it's really hard to determine which character she is trying to be. In addition to that, she reads slowly with awkward mid-sentence pauses that don't make any sense and clenches her teeth repeatedly to change characters even when the characters aren't supposed to sound angry. I liked the parallel stories of the characters but I kept getting so irritated by her style that I had to force myself to finish it. In comparison to the narrators for "The Help" this was not worth my monthly credit. :(
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