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The Rent Collector Audiobook

The Rent Collector

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 08-15-14 Member Since 2014
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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 2 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 2 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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    Richard Q. Loudon 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A gripping and moving story of redemption and forgiveness"

    Diane does such a beautiful job reading that she transports you to Cambodia itself! Cameron does what people of faith fail to do and that is to find beautiful and creative ways to express the best story of all - the hope of a savior come down!

    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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    Kathryn M. 05-16-17
    Kathryn M. 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story. "

    Gives a great perspective of how hard day to day living and surviving has been and is still to this day, for some people.

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    Tiffany Texas, United Stated 05-12-17
    Tiffany Texas, United Stated 05-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful piece of art!"

    A truly beautiful piece of work. I highly recommend this wonderful piece of literary beauty.

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    Sharon 05-01-17
    Sharon 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An Inspirational, beautiful story"

    A beautiful story of strength,determination and love that softly teaches universal truths. The author weaves together a touching story about a desperately poor family trying to survive in the midst of unimaginable squalor and yet fills each page with beauty and hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 04-22-17
    Gary 04-22-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Good read






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    Book was intriguing with an overall good message. I believe most people will find it an enjoyable read.

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