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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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  • Berthel
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 10-18-09

Loved It!

This book was so good I listen to it twice.

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  • Marina
  • Cleveland, OH, USA
  • 11-09-07

very good

this book was so good i got very teary at some part especially at the end!

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The Best!!

I felt like I knew the women in this book. I couldn't stop listening in the car, home, work. The reader was excellent and I highly recommend it to everyone. High marks!!

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Could Not Put It Away

This was by far one of the best audible titles that I have listened to. The Characters are so real and unforgettable. The Narration just pulls you right into their lives.

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  • Jodi
  • Yonkers, NY, USA
  • 08-31-07

THE PERFECT NARRATIVE!!

This book really touched Every emotion. I truely identified and grew with EVERY one of these women. I shared in their joys fears and pains. Truely a great dipiction of life, love and sisterhood. Best book I have listend to or read!!

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Loved It More Than Expected!!

While I initially struggled with the character voices, I stuck with this Audibook trough laughs, head shaking, I few "say whaaaaat's" and "oh my goodnesses", and eventually the tears. What a great tail of friendship to the very end! I hated when the book came to a close and I really appreciated the writers note at the end. I definitely recommend reading/listening to this book!

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Wonderful Read/Listen

Loved it. I will definitely look into their other collaborations and individual books. I need a new favorite author.

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Great Book

I enjoyed this book extensively. The character development of the three character was true to life. The ending while sad shows us has terribly precious life is and that putting things off in life can work against you. In a very interesting turn Regina and Ty get together again and Carmen brings back Jul by naming her 2nd child after her (hopefully). Very well written thank you so much for a piece of work well written and performed.

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Loved it

WONDERFUL BOOK
LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT
MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE APART OF THE STORY !!!

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I love this book. But the narrator was not good.

This book is one of my favorites to read. This book is very long, a little over 10 hrs. It's about three women who were college roommates who went through trials and tribulations within their own personal lives. While staying friends and staying true to each other. This story will make you laugh and cry.
I read the reviews before I purchased it. Thinking the narrator could be that bad. Like I have heard worse. But she made it to my top 5.