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  • If I Were Oprah Winfrey

  • Little Nia's Dream
  • By: Charles Thornton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Hawkins
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

If I Were Oprah Winfrey: Little Nia's Dream is an inspirational story about an elementary school girl that was inspired by Oprah Winfrey's to guide her own life for success. Bullied by another girl she finds a way to change her problem into something extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars

  • By diamond on 09-12-14

Bullying Can be Overcome!

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Reviewed: 08-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of If I Were Oprah Winfrey to be better than the print version?

Perhaps. Emotions both good and bad fill the audio and bring the listener inside a young girl's heart as she, through trial and sunshine, fulfills her dream.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how Nia solved her own problem with Bullying. Although she was assisted by her mother and the words of Oprah Winfrey, whom she had grown to love, Nia, herself, decided on a solution, and through the solution and subsequent result, was able to grow even stronger.

Have you listened to any of Hillary Hawkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't. This is my first listening experience with Hillary Hawkins. I will listen to another.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is always difficult to stand in front of a group and speak; whether the speaking is a report, or, as in the case of Nia, an opportunity to share something with the class that is important to you. My favorite line comes at this time: "I trembled in my skirt as they poked me with their eyes." Haven't we all felt like that when standing before a group? But Nia didn't let her fear cloud her desire to share her dream.

Any additional comments?

I did struggle a bit with the tags following the dialogue. Tags such as "she said," "she asked," etc. I almost felt as if the pause between the dialogue and tag was too long.

I liked that Nia kept a journal. In the journal she recorded her thoughts, and worked through many of her trials with bullying.