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The Rent Collector Audiobook

The Rent Collector

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Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia - perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia - everyone deserves a second chance.

©2012 Camron Wright (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

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    Chris Mower Utah, USA 01-04-16
    Chris Mower Utah, USA 01-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Give It a Chance"

    This hasn't been my favorite book, but overall, it's a good story. The story started off slow and I found the characters frustrating. It was also a bit predictable. At first I thought I'd be returning it, but decided to keep going. By the end, the writing had improved and the overall story was much better.

    Some positives:
    * It provides some different perspectives on life.
    * Introduces you to some different ways of thinking, even if they are frustrating.
    * Simple writing. I think the book could easily be read and understood by someone in 6th grade on up.
    * Was a touching story, even though it was a bit cliché.

    Some negatives:
    * Story is really simplistic, which made it less captivating.
    * The narration took some getting used to and detracted from the story.
    * Found the character's personalities to be a little too conveniently crafted to tell the story, which made it harder to identify with them.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BR 02-23-16
    BR 02-23-16
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    "Good story but has some issues"

    I thought this was a good story and has some good messages. I found myself getting a little emotional at times as I was listening because of the strong themes of friendship, motherhood, and kindness. However, I was quite distracted by the reader. The fake accent and breathy reading made it difficult to connect with the reader. Also, throughout the book the author used many English/American phrases or sayings which made it difficult for me to find the story authentic to Cambodian culture. At times these phrases were used so often and in such an obvious way that I found myself rolling my eyes as I listened to the story.
    All that said, the story itself was still good enough that I wanted to keep listening and I finished the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 04-20-17
    Frank 04-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story ... but too long"

    It's a good story, but everytime you think it is about to end it limps into another episode.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 04-08-17
    Michele 04-08-17
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    "Poor representation of Cambodian Culture"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've been living in Cambodia for the past 5 years and I had to put this audiobook down after the first couple of chapters. The way the characters talk to one another, and the internal dialogue of the main character doesn't seem realistic. But for someone who is less familiar with the Khmer language and culture, I think this could be a great story with a great message.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The other reason I had to put the book down was because of the narration. The narrator speaks in a really strange accent and I have never in 5 years of living in Cambodia heard someone speak with that accent. For example, Khmer people speaking English never pronounce consonants at the ends of words. But this narrator pronounces them very sharply.
    The accent just doesn't work for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Macall Arnold 10-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, struggled to finish"

    Overall it was a good inspitational story. Although, many times I found myself wanting to put it down and not complete it. After finishing, I would have just been fine if I hadn't. It was much to slow for me and I would have rather just heard a condensed version or a summery of her story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Shaw 01-15-15
    Linda Shaw 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievable voice"

    I was glad to have stayed with it to the end. And I did not peek, but I found the story. Although cowling at times. More than not it felt contrived. Sang lis vocabulary and educational level seemed out of character and place. So much so I had to put it down from time to time. The stories within were clever and I felt were the jewels hidden within the larger less believable story. Still it was a good read and gave good food for thought

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-15-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book, excellently read"
    What did you love best about The Rent Collector?

    The characters were well-developed. When I finished reading the book, I felt like I would miss my old friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the characters had interesting backgrounds. In the end, there was an understanding of why they had become who they were. It offered interesting insight into the complications of the human condition.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene when the two main characters said their good-byes in the dump.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Rent Collector and why?

    Sopiap for sure. She was a difficult and complicated woman. As her story unfolded, she became very lovable.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. The woman who narrated was excellent. Her various voices were distinct in unique. Her narration pulled me into the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    corisa Hemet, CA, United States 09-24-13
    corisa Hemet, CA, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes you think."
    Would you listen to The Rent Collector again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. The audiobook really makes you think about what's important in life and makes you re-evaluate your priorities.


    What does Diane Dabczynski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator perfectly brings out the characters' voices and tones and gives such humanness to the characters.


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

    Yes. A very pleasant listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bret Harris 10-20-17
    Bret Harris 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Treasure from the Trash"

    Rich images and humble circumstances evoke empathy for many characters. This story is so well told with a blend of metaphors from ancient fables and modern expressions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Funke 10-19-17
    Anna Funke 10-19-17 Member Since 2008
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    "The 1st half of the book was very, very slow."

    The first half of this book was very, very slow. I almost have up. I am glad I finished it because the rest of the book was quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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