Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby ~ AudioBook Review

Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby ~ AudioBook Review

I’ve read another title by Kimberla Lawson Roby, and was interested enough to read her again and this title popped up as available.  Please read on for my audiobook review of

Best Friends Forever

From the description, I was expecting a story full of a friend so much in your corner that she’d even help you hide the bodies.  What I got was a bit more conflicted.  Essentially this is the story of Celine – twelve years into her marriage and the words ‘rough patch’ don’t go nearly far enough.  She and her husband Keith have hit that mark: one kid, careers, familiarity, perhaps even a bit of taking one another for granted – and things are going from tolerable to disturbing.

Adding health concerns into a relationship only magnifies the tensions, and Keith isn’t there for the long haul.  Not only is Celine affected, but their daughter, Kassie, is just ten, and all the upheaval isn’t any place for a kid to be.  Fortunately, there’s Celine’s best friend Lauren to help her through.

So – that’s the intention here in this story – in reality I found the characters a bit one-dimensional and flat, without any real importance to Lauren UNTIL the epilogue.  You’d expect Keith to be the least favorite character in the story – but to be honest I thought they deserved one another, Celine was for the first better than half of the book very needy, whiny and not particularly nice.  Kudos to the author for keeping me intrigued enough to power on through the end – for there, in the epilogue, is where the promise made early on finally comes to fruition.

Narration for this story is provided by Maria Howell, and her performance did help me to continue on with the story, her voice was pleasant to listen to, and she didn’t over-emphasize the frequent whinging moments from Celine, or try to over-reach in differentiating her voice to indicate the different characters.  There was a flair that she brought to the book that I would have missed in reading it, and most probably would have put the book aside before the halfway mark.   Overall, if you are a fan of this author’s work – this will most probably work for you.

Stars:  Overall: 3 Narration: 4 Story: 2.5


Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby ~ AudioBook Review

Title: Best Friends Forever
Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Narrator: Maria Howell
Published by: Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Audio
ISBN: 1455526088
Published on: 5 January 2016
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 192
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 6 minutes
Rated: three-stars
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Angry arguments between Celine Richardson and Keith, her husband of twelve years, have become common over the past several months. She resents that he's working very long hours and staying out, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. The situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer and Keith moves out. Even more heartbreaking is how their ten-year-old daughter, Kassie, is affected. Celine's only comfort is her best friend, Lauren, who's there for her every step of the way. Even when Keith decides he's made a mistake, begs forgiveness, and asks to come back home. Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions, and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late?

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Kimberla Lawson Roby

New York Times Bestselling Author, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published thirteen novels , and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS , which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press. Her novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and those in The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

In addition, Ms. Roby’s first novel was nominated for Blackboard’s 1998 and 1999 Fiction Book of the Year Award, and she received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE. She is also the 2006, 2007 and 2009 recipient of the Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and her fifth novel, A TASTE OF REALITY, was a 2004 finalist for the Atlanta Choice Awards sponsored by the Atlanta Daily World. Additionally, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING received a 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System.

Each of Ms. Roby’s novels have dealt with very real issues, including social status, gambling addiction, infidelity, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry, corruption within the church, domestic violence, sexual abuse, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, overweight issues, and female illnesses to name a few.

Ms. Roby resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.