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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A GREAT BOOK"

    A very touching srory of love triumphing over savage brutality. Well performed. worth three words.

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    Donna Wadsworth 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Book Club favorite"

    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.

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    Deborah 05-09-16
    Deborah 05-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great audio and book"

    Loved this book - read it; audio it but don't miss out! Do it now you will be pleased!

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    Marissa 04-03-16
    Marissa 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Meaningful parts"

    The narrators character voice drove me CRAZY! The story was pretty good but not amazing.

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    Miles A. Tarter Rehoboth, MA USA 03-23-16
    Miles A. Tarter Rehoboth, MA USA 03-23-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Must listen!"

    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.

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    Granny 03-15-16
    Granny 03-15-16
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    "Touching Tale"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Reschke 02-23-16
    Ben Reschke 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but has some issues"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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