Regular price: $28.00

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    380
  • 4 Stars
    163
  • 3 Stars
    60
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    15

Performance

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    218
  • 4 Stars
    95
  • 3 Stars
    41
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    14

Story

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    245
  • 4 Stars
    90
  • 3 Stars
    33
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    8
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great story line. Nice, valuable, and touching.

Valuable story about life and friendship. Really enjoyed the development of each characters story. Thanx

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Love

Wow!! I enjoyed this book soooo much!!!! It's funny the Ladies I call my Sista Gurlfriends are the Friends I made in College... Virginia and Donna Kudos!!! Lisa your reading was Perfect!!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A rollar coaster of friendships

I absolutely enjoyed this audiobook. Seeing the friendships of these women just sent me all kinds of feels. I felt so deeply for each character even the selfish loudmouth Regina. if you are looking for a listen about f rinds hip enduring all or just really miss your best friend this Is the one for you!

  • Overall

Friends

Loved it!!!! Had me laughing and crying and calling old friends. And making new ones.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good read

This book was soooo good. It made me laugh out loud it made me cry till my head hurts. To book about good and loyal friends. I am
So glad I decided to buy

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Excellent, I spent the entire day listening

I laughed and cried with the characters, I thought about myself and my life, sitting in this room rotting away. I felt inspired. to appreciate what I do have, and to take very good care of it.
I feel like it's changed my life.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Wonderful book! Loved it from beginning to end!

This book totally hit home and reminded me of parts of my very own life.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

One of, if not the best book I've read...

Since I joined audible! It just hit me right, and caused me to experience a range of emotions. It felt so real, I loved it!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Gloria
  • Carmichael, CA, USA
  • 02-08-16

Three Girls I Would Like to Know

This story is well told and engrossing. The characters are well defined as individuals. The turns and twists of their lives pull you in and keep you. Although the writers do not have a distinctive talent for the "turn of phrase" the way one might see with Zadie Smith or Chimamanda Adichie, their story telling is solid enough to stand on its own.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jenice
  • BATON ROUGE, LA, United States
  • 07-09-15

I will love to listen to it again, Very Happy

very happy and sad at the end of the story. Worth listening to. Beautiful