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Publisher's Summary

Listen to the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller with more than one million copies in print. Same Kind of Different as Me was a major motion picture by Paramount in fall 2017.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped the "Man" - in the 1960s - by hopping a train. Non-trusting, uneducated, and violent, he spent another 18 years on the streets of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Meet Ron Hall, a self-made millionaire in the world of high priced art deals - concerned with fast cars, beautiful women, and fancy clothes.

And the woman who changed their lives - Miss Debbie: "The skinniest, nosiest, pushiest, woman I ever met, black or white." She helped the homeless and gave of herself to all of "God's People", and had a way of knowing how to listen and helping others talk and be found - until cancer strikes.

Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices - Ron Hall & Denver Moore - weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn "whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth ain't no final restin' place. So in a way, we is all homeless - just workin' our way toward home."

The story takes a devastating twist when Deborah discovers she has cancer. Will Deborah live or die? Will Denver learn to trust a white man? Will Ron embrace his dying wife's vision to rescue Denver? Or will Denver be the one rescuing Ron? There's pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story that listeners will never forget.

Continue this story of friendship in What Difference Do It Make?: Stories of Hope and Healing, available now. Same Kind of Different as Me also is available in Spanish.

©2007 Ron Hall; (P)2007 Thomas Nelson

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  • Maria
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 05-31-09

Buy the printed book on this one...

I try to stay away from abridged editions and should have with this one. This book was a selection by my bookclub...it's an easy listen, mostly because there is A LOT cut out of this abridged version. There were references to people that were never mentioned earlier and had me asking "who are they referring to?" I had to go out and actually buy the print edition and skimmed through to catch up on what I missed...which was quite a bit. Inspirational story (enjoyed even more by the religious members of our group.)

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What a bittersweet story!

What a bittersweet story. I was enthralled from the get-go, my favorite way to start a book. This true story is told from two points of view. One, a 20th century "slave" in the deep south; the other, an affluent art dealer. After years working for "the man," the black man just walked off the plantation sometime in the 1960s. He did not know how to read or write. He did not know the US had been involved in several wars during his lifetime, including two world wars. He did not know he could have enlisted with the service, that he could have received an education, or anything else. To him, it was still slave times. He thought he was doing well when he lived in a two-room shack without heat or running water or electricity because he was at least able to provide for himself. However he never received a paycheck. Everything he received was on credit through the company store, to which he was forever in debt. He could never pay the debt off. Long story short, he meets the art dealer at a homeless shelter. Because of the art dealer's wife, he befriends the homeless man. The two have a profound life-altering effect on one another. But who is to say which one has the most profound effect?

I loved this audiobook. I loved the narrators. I loved the different points of view, and I love what I learned from it. I highly recommend it to just about anyone. But be forewarned. You won't want to stop once you start it.

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  • Leesa
  • Combine, TX, United States
  • 06-06-11

Good Read

I really wish this had not been abridged, but it was a very moving story.

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  • Kara
  • Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
  • 06-01-11

Moving Story

Part of the reason I pick the books I do from Audible. com is so that I can be uplifted. I truly felt like I was changed after this book. I can certainly say I won't look at homelessness in the same way. I liked the relationship that Denver and Ron had and I feel liked I learned a lot from the relationship Denver had with God. Certainly a book that makes you think a little about our prejudices against Black/white, homelessness, and frankly even God. I liked the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Inspiring and touching

This is my first review on any book. The book is really moving and inspiring. The narrators were excellent. Its a must read! You will take a look at your own life and will see people in a different way. Please purchase and download ASAP.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Life changing story

The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because it is an abridged version. The narrators do an excellent job of personifying Ron and Denver, and the story is moving and profound. You will be riveted, and if you let it, this memoir can make you a better person. I have also read "Same..." and don't understand why an unabridged version is not available, since the book is short.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very good

The narrator did an excellent job. The story is amazing and true. It will touch your heart and make you see people and things a bit differently.

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  • Cynthia
  • Gulf Breeze, FL, USA
  • 08-29-08

Awesome!

This story left me on my knees in tears. It was so moving. It is a beautiful story made so much more meaningful because it is true. I makes you look at the world and the people around you differently. If you are looking for inspiration, you'll find it here.

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inspiring

great story that uplifted my heart. The readers are very interesting as well. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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  • sherrie
  • hickory, NC, United States
  • 12-12-17

did not follow the book

this was hard to listen to and follow along in the book because this version is different from the book. the book has more in it than the audiable version. wish i knew that first!

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  • carol
  • 12-31-16

lovely read

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is a beautiful and uplifting story. It leaves you feeling nice and reflective.