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Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller

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

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2532)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "A great, hilarious classic"
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    Although my older brother read this book in school, it had been removed from the curriculum by the time I reached the proper grade. In the turbulent 1960s, I suspect that the book was removed because it used the term "niggers" to refer to blacks. However, the use of that term wasn't a slur: that's simply the term used for blacks at that time in history. It's a shame to ban a book that offers such an interesting perspective on slavery and child abuse just because of the use of a word. Mark Twain is a wonderful writer who pinpoints the dilemma that Huck faces when straddling his upbringing and his beliefs and true feelings about slavery. Elijah Wood brings the words to life with his wonderful voices. I laughed and cried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (5864)
    Performance
    (5142)
    Story
    (5188)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "A cool story that warms the heart"
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    Great narration of a beloved story. I hadn't heard it as a child but love it as an adult. Everyone who has seen Frozen should hear its inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (588)

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "A story with relevance today"
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    In school, I was never assigned to read this novel, although my older brother and friends were. I suspect that the Black Nationalists and other militants fought to have it removed from the curriculum. However, I have often heard submissive blacks called "Uncle Toms." I wanted to find out what that meant, so I read the book for myself. The story tells of a very honorable man who lived and died for his principles and for good--not of the wretched, obsequious character whom the name now represents. I wonder how many people who use this name as a slur have actually read the book.

    The book was a very touching story about the ills of slavery and about its deleterious effects on the entire country and world. We see parallels today in Congress's treatment of the Obama administration. As a black professional, I have also encountered similar attempts to break my spirit and to make me submissive. I am often treated like an old pack mule, who, despite having reached the highest level in my profession, is there to serve my young, white coworker and to be assigned tasks that the younger staff members don't want.

    And so it continues. But Uncle Tom gives me strength. However, I demand justice today, not in the hereafter. And, thanks to prudent people like some of the abolitionists, I am able to get it sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brooke Shields
    • Narrated By Brooke Shields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

    Dawn F Horner says: "Wow - a heart touching listen!"
    "Very touching"
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    Brooke has shared herself with us and let us know what her life was really like. It was not always the charmed existence that people might expect. We all have crosses to bear, regardless of wealth, beauty, status, or power.

    0 of 0 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
    (3163)
    Performance
    (2905)
    Story
    (2930)

    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"
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    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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