Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia - perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia - everyone deserves a second chance.
©2012 Camron Wright (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
The characters were well-developed. When I finished reading the book, I felt like I would miss my old friends.
I like that the characters had interesting backgrounds. In the end, there was an understanding of why they had become who they were. It offered interesting insight into the complications of the human condition.
I enjoyed the scene when the two main characters said their good-byes in the dump.
Sopiap for sure. She was a difficult and complicated woman. As her story unfolded, she became very lovable.
I highly recommend this book. The woman who narrated was excellent. Her various voices were distinct in unique. Her narration pulled me into the story.
Yes, I would listen again. The audiobook really makes you think about what's important in life and makes you re-evaluate your priorities.
The narrator perfectly brings out the characters' voices and tones and gives such humanness to the characters.
Yes. A very pleasant listen.
This hasn't been my favorite book, but overall, it's a good story. The story started off slow and I found the characters frustrating. It was also a bit predictable. At first I thought I'd be returning it, but decided to keep going. By the end, the writing had improved and the overall story was much better.
* It provides some different perspectives on life.
* Introduces you to some different ways of thinking, even if they are frustrating.
* Simple writing. I think the book could easily be read and understood by someone in 6th grade on up.
* Was a touching story, even though it was a bit cliché.
* Story is really simplistic, which made it less captivating.
* The narration took some getting used to and detracted from the story.
* Found the character's personalities to be a little too conveniently crafted to tell the story, which made it harder to identify with them.
I was prepared to not like this book, but it turned out to be one of my favorite reads so far. A story within a story, themes of hope, redemption, love, this book had them all and more. I highly recommend, especially for book clubs. We had a very lively discussion. I was one of the few who listened to it. I felt the narrator added to my enjoyment of the book.
This is a fantastic, multilayered, and inspiring story on many levels, and the performance added to this beautiful saga about human kindness, love, and redemption. I've been listening for decades and this is one of my all time favorites that I will listen to again and again. Just finished a second listen, and cried like a baby.
This is a beautiful story with many life lessons.
The book takes the reader to Cambodia ...to a dump...where the reader first feels sad for the heroine.
Yet the heroine learns the beauty that lies in her life.
Truly a touching tale.
I thought this was a good story and has some good messages. I found myself getting a little emotional at times as I was listening because of the strong themes of friendship, motherhood, and kindness. However, I was quite distracted by the reader. The fake accent and breathy reading made it difficult to connect with the reader. Also, throughout the book the author used many English/American phrases or sayings which made it difficult for me to find the story authentic to Cambodian culture. At times these phrases were used so often and in such an obvious way that I found myself rolling my eyes as I listened to the story.
All that said, the story itself was still good enough that I wanted to keep listening and I finished the book.
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