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Better Than I Know Myself Audiobook

Better Than I Know Myself

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The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

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

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    Neneki Baltimore, MD, USA 07-10-08
    Neneki Baltimore, MD, USA 07-10-08
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    "Unexpectedly great"

    I was unsure about the narration in the first 5 minutes but it really worked. This was funny, sad, and generally entertaining. The characters are really different people and I found myself looking forward to what would happen next. If you like soap operas, you'll love this.

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    dyonisha 03-31-08
    dyonisha 03-31-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Real Life Fiction!"

    I enjoyed the book. It had lost of real life issues. it doesnt have the best happy ending but a REAL ending. i appreciated the fact that even though the author had the option to make a happy ending and chose not to instead. without telling the ending, i was surprised that did turn out that way. I was very emotional! the book touched me. its a first! thank you. in the closing remarks it did say that the book would touch you if you had feelings (lol) so i guess i do! thanks again Audible for this book.

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    Elyse Oxford, MA United States 03-02-08
    Elyse Oxford, MA United States 03-02-08 Member Since 2015
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    "I found it disappointing"

    With such positive reviews I so looked forward to listening to this one. Honestly, I could not wait for it to end. I thought that the characters lacked development and the story line predictable at best.

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    Valere chicago, IL, USA 02-21-08
    Valere chicago, IL, USA 02-21-08 Member Since 2013
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    "better than I know myself"

    I enjoyed this book; I found it very entertaining, holding my interest throughout. The characters were an interesting contrast and well developed by the authors.

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    Kelly Baty 02-08-08
    Kelly Baty 02-08-08
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    "sisters are not always related..."

    This is one I "could not put down". I cried, I laughed, I rooted for each of the girls as they encountered the challenges that formed their life and their friendships. A must-have in your collection.

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 01-10-08
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 01-10-08 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "well-balanced glimpse"

    I enjoyed this thoroughly. It was so good to see the interaction between 3 women from such different backgrounds and with such different goals and personalities. It is marvelous though a bit sad.

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    Amazon Customer 01-03-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Experience"

    Better than I know Myself is wonderful. I truly enjoyed every minute of it. I found myself longing for the next time that I could listen! I enjoyed cooking and even riding the bus more because I could just enjoy the experience.

    The writing was wonderful, I was totally engrossed in the lives of Carmen, Regina and Jewel. The orator was just as good. She did a very good job of creating separate identities for each character.

    I only wish there was more, good job ladies on this book/audible.

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    TIFFANI 12-22-07
    TIFFANI 12-22-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Must Have"

    This is one of the best books that I have read and listened to. It was so good I didn't ant it to end. I would def recommend this to anyone. The characters were so real you could see them in front of your face. I laughed, I cried, and I felt there pain. I don't know what else to say except buy this download.

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    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 12-05-07
    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 12-05-07
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    "good story"

    This book held my attention from start to finish, I'am originally from Brooklyn and I could relate to the White Castle and the walk up Utica Ave. I thought about the book and what messages it sent days after the ending, my wife is presently listening and constantly asking what's going to happen, next book she goes first, anyway to the authors, I say "you go girl" meant in a very good way

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    April bolingbrook, IL, USA 11-07-07
    April bolingbrook, IL, USA 11-07-07
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    "best friends please read"

    This book help me lose weight, I stayed on the machines for sixity minutes every day until the end of the book. this book kept my attention until the end. I have read other books about best friends but, this one was so real I felt it was me and my best find.

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