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God Don't Like Ugly | [Mary Monroe]

God Don't Like Ugly

In God Don't Like Ugly, she weaves a powerful tale of devastating abuse, the strength of friendship, and the burden of terrible secrets. Shy, overweight Annette Goode is only seven years old when Mr. Boatwright, a boarder in her house, begins sexually abusing her. She keeps this information to herself for years, until gorgeous, self-assured Rhoda Nelson becomes her new friend. Annette confides in Rhoda and finds the strength and courage to survive to adulthood.
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Publisher's Summary

Reminiscent of best-selling writers Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, critically acclaimed author Mary Monroe is a fresh voice in contemporary literature. In God Don't Like Ugly, she weaves a powerful tale of devastating abuse, the strength of friendship, and the burden of terrible secrets. Shy, overweight Annette Goode is only seven years old when Mr. Boatwright, a boarder in her house, begins sexually abusing her. She keeps this information to herself for years, until gorgeous, self-assured Rhoda Nelson becomes her new friend. Annette confides in Rhoda and finds the strength and courage to survive to adulthood. But Rhoda has skeletons in her closet that could doom them both.

©2000 Mary Monroe; (P)2001 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Amazon Customer 03-11-13

    Love books on tape! It's all about the narrators for me though. No matter how good the story, if the narrator doesn't cut it...

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    "Wonderful series"

    I really love this series. While the abuse written in the story is not a happy story, the character is a wonderful strong black woman. I will be sad when the series ends. (At the time of this review, I'm on book four). Worth the chip! I also love the friendship she has with her BFF. Just a nice series overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Lancaster, TX, United States 01-18-11
    Tiffany Lancaster, TX, United States 01-18-11
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    "Excellent BOOK!!! Definitely one of my FAVS yet!!"

    I LOVED this book! Very entertaining. I couldnt stop listening to it! Very Dramatic with LOTS of supprises. It KEPT me wondering what would happen next. Gossip, Murder, Inner Healing, Restoration, Love, and FULL OF DRAMA! The characters and storyline was well developed. GREAT BOOK!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 12-29-12
    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !

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    "A great listen"
    Would you listen to God Don't Like Ugly again? Why?

    Yes, there were several parts that were terrible to listen through but it's a story that many little girls have and are going through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like when Annette and her mom finally move away from Florida.


    What about Denise Burse’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was very good. Serious and sad when her voice needed to be and comical when needed.


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    Tera Walker 03-19-15
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    "Very entertaining"
    Where does God Don't Like Ugly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is my first introduction to this author. I enjoyed the story....loved the narrator. Looking forward to book 2


    What about Denise Burse’s performance did you like?

    YES!! she ranks right up there with RC Bray.


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    Najuana F. Robinson 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story!!!!"

    Enjoyed the story very much, but the performance was not the best, a lot of unnatural pauses and I could hear her swallowing

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    smith 02-13-15
    smith 02-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

    This is a great book. The narrator really brings the characters to life. It proves that even coming out of a tragedy, life can be good.

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    jejo75 05-03-14
    jejo75 05-03-14
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    "Very good story"
    What made the experience of listening to God Don't Like Ugly the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable thing for me was the performance of the narrator. Denise Burse such a good story teller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that certain things happened in the story that I didn't see coming.


    What does Denise Burse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Denise Burse was able to bring the different characters to life with her acting and voice over skills.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was angry a lot in the beginning of the book because of abuse that Annette had to endure.


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    Shamika PENLLYN, PA, United States 04-24-14
    Shamika PENLLYN, PA, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Follow up the 1st book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I went through the book pretty much without stopping.


    Would you recommend God Don't Like Ugly to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is a good follow up to the first book


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The Narrator moves saliva around in her mouth a lot and it is kind of distracting it would be great if someone would have edited it out


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The Narrator moves saliva around in her mouth a lot and it is kind of distracting it would be great if someone would have edited it out

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    Sandra LI New York 03-21-14
    Sandra LI New York 03-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Bookworm

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    "A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE"

    This is a story that was hard for me to pause and continue, later. Best of all, was the excellent job of the narrator. Her voice, with the Southern accent, and inflections, made me subconsciencely, nod my head in recognition. The actual story, was mind-boggling. And, until the story was nearly finished, I very frustrated with the lead chacerter. What happened to her at an early age; was sad. But, there was no justification for her to keep that terrible relationsip going when she was old enough to know better. I also loved the fact that the author did not stoop to allowing Annette to slim down to what most folks in this country, believes to be the ideal' size 6. Instead, as she grew up, she developed the self-confidence in herself that enbabled her to accept herself for who and what she was. It was a very enjoyable book and I look forward to Part 2.

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    L. Taylor 03-31-13
    L. Taylor 03-31-13
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    "Rated a flop."

    This story annoyed me greatly. So much so, that I opted out from finishing the rest of the second half of the story. The title just doesn't fit the story. The narrator seemed to be having trouble switching between characters and yet she failed in the transitions anyway. The book is mostly about a girl that is repeatedly raped by a man that her mom allows to live in their home . The man rapes her from age seven to well over the years to almost adulthood. The mom never learns this is happening . The man is never reported by the girl and the girl's friend that does know, doesn't tell either. Outrageous and horrific! While this may be real enough, I say that By the time a story like this goes on so long filled with repeated rape, injustice, ignorance, fear and complacency; give the story some real- time kick and get a WHOLE LOT MORE GRAPHiC with the details or why else bother.

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