The Rent Collector

  • by Camron Wright
  • Narrated by Diane Dabczynski
  • 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.
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- Chris Mower

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.
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- BR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2013
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain