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

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.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

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