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The Rent Collector Audiobook

The Rent Collector

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.
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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

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    Amazon Customer 08-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, excellently read"
    What did you love best about The Rent Collector?

    The characters were well-developed. When I finished reading the book, I felt like I would miss my old friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene when the two main characters said their good-byes in the dump.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Rent Collector and why?

    Sopiap for sure. She was a difficult and complicated woman. As her story unfolded, she became very lovable.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    corisa Hemet, CA, United States 09-24-13
    corisa Hemet, CA, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes you think."
    Would you listen to The Rent Collector again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. The audiobook really makes you think about what's important in life and makes you re-evaluate your priorities.


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

    The narrator perfectly brings out the characters' voices and tones and gives such humanness to the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. A very pleasant listen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mower Utah, USA 01-04-16
    Chris Mower Utah, USA 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Give It a Chance"

    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.

    Some positives:
    * 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.

    Some negatives:
    * 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.

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    Teresa Holmes 12-19-15
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    "Wonderful"

    Entertaining, real, and meaningful all in one. Loved the narration as it made the story seem alive.

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    Linda 12-10-15
    Linda 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A reminder of what literature is."
    If you could sum up The Rent Collector in three words, what would they be?

    thought provoking, eye opening, and beautiful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rent Collector?

    the dying elephant


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

    Her accent is perfect for the audio book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's not what you expect.


    Any additional comments?

    The author reminds of us of what literature is. She also reminds us of the millions of people in this world who do not know how to read. She brought beauty and wonderment in her reintroduction of literature to us with stories inside a story against a backdrop of poverty and some Cambodian history thrown in for good measure.

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    Kendra Bott 11-22-15
    Kendra Bott 11-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspirational"

    At first I thought the book was depressing because of the horrible setting. But the more I read and realized the life lessons being taught I started to enjoy it and finished the book loving it!!

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    Wendy United States 09-11-15
    Wendy United States 09-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent story the narrator is nearly unbearable"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the glimpse into life in the slums of Cambodia.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Rent Collector and why?

    The narrator's voice is too affected and nearly whiny at times. Overall, it was completely distracting. This is an excellent story that deserves a better narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book. It is excellent. A real story of redemption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 08-30-15
    Laurie 08-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life Lessons"

    Its a very inspirational book that starts off slow but gets better . . .

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-20-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-20-15 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "A feel good type of book."

    Another book club book and I loved it. This is not my normal type of book and I wouldn't have read it if this book wasn't a book club selection. I have recommended this book to many people and those that have read it have enjoyed it. My favorite part is the Cambodia version of Cinderella. I had read this book first and I liked it so much I purchased the book with a full credit. Unfortunately the narrator sounded too young for this story. but that doesn't distract too much from the wonderful story.

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    Jennifer Allgood Melbourne, FL 07-28-15
    Jennifer Allgood Melbourne, FL 07-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great finish"

    Struggled through the first 1/2 of this book and loved the 2nd 1/2. Never quite got used to the reader's inflection or constant breathy, surprised, reading style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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