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Better Than I Know Myself Audiobook

Better Than I Know Myself

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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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    tiffany 03-15-14
    tiffany 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book, but left something to be desired"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Better Than I Know Myself to be better than the print version?

    No


    Would you recommend Better Than I Know Myself to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What about Lisa Renee Pitts’s performance did you like?

    The dramatic effect


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book. I feel some of the issues were dragged out too much as far as Regina, but other issues such as the ones with Jewel and Carmen that I could relate to more were underdeveloped and unresolved. I feel this book would have been much better with a more positive ending.

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    thomika indianapolis, IN, United States 12-18-12
    thomika indianapolis, IN, United States 12-18-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    it got slow at times


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carmen because she overcame so much


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, narrator did a good job....the narration for Regina sometimes urked my nerves but it was good


    Do you think Better Than I Know Myself needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, it was a very good standalone and everybody's story was wrapped up well


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamika UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 10-08-12
    Tamika UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2016

    Books enrich life.

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    "More Than Mere Entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Better Than I Know Myself the most enjoyable?

    When I first began reading this book, I worried that the characters would be tired cliches, the movie star, the "Huxtable," and the ghetto ugly-duckling-turned-swan. It thrilled me that I was wrong. The motives, the back stories, and the weaknesses made the characters as real as my own friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Better Than I Know Myself?

    The most memorable moment was Regina's struggle with her addictions. It was so accurate, so descriptive and heartfelt, that it helped me to understand the downward spiral of own best friend and made me wish I had loved her better.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Renee Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had never listened to a performance by Lisa Renee Pitts. She captured the mature-beyond-her-years voice of Jewel, the sheepish uncertain squeak of Carmen, and the brash New Jersey attitude of Regina with absolute perfection.

    The male voices were at times hideous to listen too, but did not take too much away from the flow of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, as I imagine anyone reader would. But the final words of the author struck a major cord with me and made me yearn to reconnect with a relationship of my own that I had thrown away, for reasons that seem small now.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for friends to read together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Minor MEMPHIS, TN, United States 09-28-12
    K. Minor MEMPHIS, TN, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2016

    A Peace of Mind Book Club

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    "I love the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book because it show a good example of what is a true friend. Through the ups and down they remain friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Their friendship


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Renee Pitts – was your favorite?

    Carmen


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cry


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    G Reinhardt 07-21-12
    G Reinhardt 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Friendship"

    Better Than I Know Myself is a story of three friends growing together through college and sticking by each other through the changes, hardships and great times of life. I enjoyed the telling and would recommend it to women who love their friends, faults and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 06-12-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2015

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    "A Typical Dominance Romance"

    It's not a bad listen but the typical old time romance story back when men were suppose to dominate women. Along comes the head strong woman that doesn't want to be dominated but suddenly the hero, who does dominate her, changes her mind and shows her how wonderful it is to be dominated!

    At least this isn't one of the totally redundant cheesy romances and it seems well written and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaVerne M. Mackey 05-15-12
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    "Relatable read..."
    What made the experience of listening to Better Than I Know Myself the most enjoyable?

    I love how the story developed and the freindships developed. The camaraderie was sweet and realistic in so many ways.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Surprise and relief, what with knowing what was to come...


    What about Lisa Renee Pitts’s performance did you like?

    She was really good with giving the characters a voice and personality.


    If you could take any character from Better Than I Know Myself out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Carmen, just to get some idea of where her drive and determination came from. She had a relentless drive.


    Any additional comments?

    I always say that your friends are the family that you choose. This book is a testament to that idea... There were some areas that in my opinion could've used more detail, but overall a good read...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lena Tampa, FL, United States 04-06-12
    Lena Tampa, FL, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Better Than I Know Myself?

    The easy flow of the characters, the well thought-out plots and the human personalities. They became very familiar as if getting to know new friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enjoyed them all.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Renee Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    Great authors. Since completing this one I have purchased another book written by them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Sarasota, FL, United States 01-08-12
    Jaime Sarasota, FL, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Better Than I Know Myself the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were all so unique but always so connected to each other. I laughed out loud, cried and felt so disappointed when it was over! I travel for my job and audiobooks make my drive so much more enjoyable. I definitely looked forward to my three and a half hour commute while listening to this book.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Renee Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was wonderful as well!


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    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 11-04-11
    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 11-04-11
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    "MAY BE BETTER IN PRINT"

    IT MAY BE BETTER IN PRINT, THE AUDIBLE VERSION MOVES VERY SLOW. I KEPT LISTENING AND KEPT WAITING FOR SOMETHING EXCITING TO HAPPEN. NOTHING EVER DID. I GOT THROUGH HALF OF THE SECOND DOWNLOAD, THEN MOVED ON TO SOMETHING ELSE. TOTAL WASTE OF TIME=:(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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