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Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller

Mississippi State, MS (Starkville, MS) United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 2 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 41 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (449)

    Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

    Lynn says: "Insightful and touching"
    "Beautifully written tale of growing pains"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings again? Why?

    The story is beautifully written. Angelou is a master of description. She paints a masterpiece with words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?

    Her struggle with her stepmother was very memorable and painful.


    What does Maya Angelou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Angelou's narration brings her own words to life. Reading the book without that would be an entirely different experience. She brings emotions to the story exactly as she experienced them at the time of the events.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed savoring this book over several sittings, although it was interesting enought to drink in at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Angelou was one of the most masterful writers whose work I have ever read. Pairing that skill with a touching story made the book a truly memorable experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2478)
    Performance
    (2310)
    Story
    (2329)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Better than the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    As a knitter and designer, I love to read but resent anything that takes me away from my knitting. Audiobooks allow me to multi-task: I can knit while I catch up on my reading. This is fantastic for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel is much better than the movie, which i watched first. Having the audiobook gives me the best of both worlds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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