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Reminiscent of best-selling writers Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, critically acclaimed author Mary Monroe is a fresh voice in contemporary literature. In God Don't Like Ugly, she weaves a powerful tale of devastating abuse, the strength of friendship, and the burden of terrible secrets. Shy, overweight Annette Goode is only seven years old when Mr. Boatwright, a boarder in her house, begins sexually abusing her. She keeps this information to herself for years, until gorgeous, self-assured Rhoda Nelson becomes her new friend. Annette confides in Rhoda and finds the strength and courage to survive to adulthood. But Rhoda has skeletons in her closet that could doom them both.
©2000 Mary Monroe; (P)2001 Recorded Books,LLC

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I finished it, but it was a struggle

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Monroe again?

Probably not

How could the performance have been better?

The voices were whiny and began to grate on me after a while.

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I'm not sure if it was the narration, the story, the characters, or the fact that my lack of sympathy for the main character makes me feel like a horrible human, but something about this book really turned me off. I finished listening to it, but it was painful. I am horrified at my lack of sympathy for the young girl in this story, but honestly, I just didn't find her situation realistic. Maybe if the author had done more to help me believe in her, or the narrator hadn't made me want to scream "JUST TELL YOUR DAM**D MOM, ALREADY, SO I CAN STOP LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!!" I may have been more on her side.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE

This is a story that was hard for me to pause and continue, later. Best of all, was the excellent job of the narrator. Her voice, with the Southern accent, and inflections, made me subconsciencely, nod my head in recognition. The actual story, was mind-boggling. And, until the story was nearly finished, I very frustrated with the lead chacerter. What happened to her at an early age; was sad. But, there was no justification for her to keep that terrible relationsip going when she was old enough to know better. I also loved the fact that the author did not stoop to allowing Annette to slim down to what most folks in this country, believes to be the ideal' size 6. Instead, as she grew up, she developed the self-confidence in herself that enbabled her to accept herself for who and what she was. It was a very enjoyable book and I look forward to Part 2.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful series

I really love this series. While the abuse written in the story is not a happy story, the character is a wonderful strong black woman. I will be sad when the series ends. (At the time of this review, I'm on book four). Worth the chip! I also love the friendship she has with her BFF. Just a nice series overall.

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A great listen

Would you listen to God Don't Like Ugly again? Why?

Yes, there were several parts that were terrible to listen through but it's a story that many little girls have and are going through.

What did you like best about this story?

I like when Annette and her mom finally move away from Florida.

What about Denise Burse’s performance did you like?

Her voice was very good. Serious and sad when her voice needed to be and comical when needed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tiffany
  • Lancaster, TX, United States
  • 01-18-11

Excellent BOOK!!! Definitely one of my FAVS yet!!

I LOVED this book! Very entertaining. I couldnt stop listening to it! Very Dramatic with LOTS of supprises. It KEPT me wondering what would happen next. Gossip, Murder, Inner Healing, Restoration, Love, and FULL OF DRAMA! The characters and storyline was well developed. GREAT BOOK!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I love Mary Monroe and her novels!!!

The God Series is my favorite, my second favorite is the Mama Ruby Series!!! This book will make you laugh and cry!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing story

Good book some parts hard to hear. Facing the reality of racism and the desperation of women especially black women in those days. Was a book I didn't want to put down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Still as good as the first time I read it!!!!

Where does God Don't Like Ugly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top

What other book might you compare God Don't Like Ugly to and why?

The Upper Room. I love Mary Monroe, and the life she brings to her characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Where d I begin???........ There were too many pauses. I mean like, unnecessary pauses. In the middle of sentences!!! It was very annoying. Plus she swallowed so hard throughout the narration, it became distracting. Oh, and tripping over words. Misreading. etc. UGH I am so glad the pulled her after the 1st book. I don't want to hear her read ever again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It was a good book, but nothing to keep me glued to the story

Any additional comments?

I read this entire series of books a few years book, and fell in love with the characters. I'm happy I can enjoy this series again (via Audible)

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long boring funny crazy Rhoda killed every dam one

My sister was wrong about this book being real good because it wasn't good at all I was listening in hopes that it would get a bit better but not it stayed boring and way to damn long I was getting sick of that southern accent I have heard Black's speak so country.

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Not my first time reading this book; but, my first time listening. I didn’t particularly care for the tone of Annette’s teen & adult voice because it did not mature throughout as Rhoda’s for example. Madea & Mr. Boatright’s (or Boatwright) voices were too similar. Overall though a great book.