Better Than I Know Myself

  • by Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
  • Narrated by Lisa Renee Pitts
  • 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Good Story; Bad Narration

I liked the story of the three women and found their characters very believable if I focused on what the authors wrote and not on the narrators voice, diction and stereotypical intonation. This narrator sounded very much like a 14 -15 year old girl attempting to do a professional narration. In the beginning when the main characters were fresh out of high school on their way to college, it was not so bad to have them all sound like a 13 or 14 year old from a black television sitcom. When they were grown up it was quite annoying. The narrator also made one of the male characters sound like he was retarded to portray his lack of street smarts and another she made sound slimy to portray his knowledge of the streets and city life. Her diction was poor; likewise her pacing of words for emphasis and to give significance to statements was very poor. She mispronounced words and kept the characters so stereotyped that it was work to listen. I got so very tired of hearing supposedly intelligent people saying things like ?choo? instead of ?you?. One gets the feeling this narrator is young and inexperienced. At one point she read that a character had secreted a paper away (authors meaning: the person concealed it or put it away) the narrator pronounced the word as if the word meant secretion, i.e. the person oozed the paper away. I just felt as if this narrator did not do the story justice and did not know how to read for the characters as black people without using stereotypical intonation. I would not listen to another book read by this narrator.

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- Patricia Worthy

A great listen!

A great listen! At first I was intimidated by the length of the story but like any great book I could not put it away and the time flew by. A must have for your listening pleasure!!!
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- Victoria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.