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Publisher's Summary

The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty; as the teenage star of the TV show Daddy's Girl, her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things: to get a serious education and to leave her controlling stage-mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers", and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her, or how treacherous it will become. Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life, if she can hold down two jobs and keep her grade point average up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.

©2004 Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Valerie
  • Montclair, NJ, USA
  • 03-13-05

I loved it

Slow in the beginning but it picked up and when that happened I couldn't put it down. I related to all of the women for different reasons and still even knowing that it is fiction and the story is over, I often think of these three sister-friends. My only problem with this book and most other audiobook is the lack of diversity when it comes to character voices. Athough they try to use different inflections to portray a different character, it is so not convincing and to some extent annoying. Women can't sound like men and men can't sound like women, what you have is exactly that, "sounding like". Because the narrator is a female for this book, her voice portrayal of the male characters left me with a very cloudy and distorted vision of who these men really are. There's so much in a voice. But overall, a great listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A great listen!

A great listen! At first I was intimidated by the length of the story but like any great book I could not put it away and the time flew by. A must have for your listening pleasure!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Live life as if it is your last

Very good book, the characters were very good and I love the narrators. This book has laughs, and sorrows. Very good reading. Next to the best book, I have listened to from Audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great

Bravo!!! Loved the characters and wished them a happy life. The storyline shows that life goes on with all its joys and hardships and friendship endures forever.

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  • Tiana
  • SHEPPARD AFB, TX, USA
  • 02-13-05

excellent...

This was my first audio book and I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I listened to it at my desk, in my car, in my bed. It was excellent.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • 01-26-05

Choose this one!

Terrific plot and characters, plus beautiful writing and narration. Impossible to put down! Audible, please offer other books by the authors.

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I fell into their world

Would you consider the audio edition of Better Than I Know Myself to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. The audio version, read by Lisa Renee Pitts, was so well done I can't imaging anything coming close.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the authors drew my into the book. Very few authors have that ability - these 2 women do. What a gift for the reader! I am so sad the book is over, I feel a loss. That is true talent!

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't pick one. The book as a whole, each chapter, every character, each story, they are all my favorite.

Who was the most memorable character of Better Than I Know Myself and why?

I liked all the characters as I do all my friends, but if I had to pick Jewell was my favorite.

Any additional comments?

I am so grateful the authors wrote this book, the narrator did such a brilliant job bringing it to life and that I had the good fortune to listen. Many hours of pleasure, and laughs, and sorrow.

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  • Comeakco
  • Harper Woods, MI, United States
  • 10-30-11

Great Read!

The reviews I read before purchasing this audiobook did not let me down. This was a great read for someone like me in thier mid 30s who have dealt with the trials and tribulations of life.

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  • Dream
  • Watauga, TX, United States
  • 09-20-11

Amazing

I simply loved the whole story made me feel a part of something. A lifetime is all we have

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Watered Down Beginning, Great Second Half

This book did not come to life till chapter 17. I understand the writers wanted to relate the past and college days of each character first, but damn 17 chapters for that? No warm milk needed if you want to be put to sleep fast. Okay, on the positive side, I really enjoyed everything that happened after college life especially when one character took ill, Im sure millions can relate. A sad but positive ending. An okay listen if you have nothing but time to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful