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
A great listen! At first I was intimidated by the length of the story but like any great book I could not put it away and the time flew by. A must have for your listening pleasure!!!
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This was by far one of the best audible titles that I have listened to. The Characters are so real and unforgettable. The Narration just pulls you right into their lives.
Slow in the beginning but it picked up and when that happened I couldn't put it down. I related to all of the women for different reasons and still even knowing that it is fiction and the story is over, I often think of these three sister-friends. My only problem with this book and most other audiobook is the lack of diversity when it comes to character voices. Athough they try to use different inflections to portray a different character, it is so not convincing and to some extent annoying. Women can't sound like men and men can't sound like women, what you have is exactly that, "sounding like". Because the narrator is a female for this book, her voice portrayal of the male characters left me with a very cloudy and distorted vision of who these men really are. There's so much in a voice. But overall, a great listen.
This was my first audio book and I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I listened to it at my desk, in my car, in my bed. It was excellent.
Very good book, the characters were very good and I love the narrators. This book has laughs, and sorrows. Very good reading. Next to the best book, I have listened to from Audible.
Bravo!!! Loved the characters and wished them a happy life. The storyline shows that life goes on with all its joys and hardships and friendship endures forever.
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.
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
This book did not come to life till chapter 17. I understand the writers wanted to relate the past and college days of each character first, but damn 17 chapters for that? No warm milk needed if you want to be put to sleep fast. Okay, on the positive side, I really enjoyed everything that happened after college life especially when one character took ill, Im sure millions can relate. A sad but positive ending. An okay listen if you have nothing but time to listen.
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