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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maya Angelou Narrator: Maya Angelou Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739334720
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Even the Stars Look Lonesome is Maya Angelou talking of the things she cares about most. In her unique, spellbinding way, she re-creates intimate personal experiences and gives us her wisdom on a wide variety of subjects. She tells us how a house can both hurt its occupants and heal them. She talks about Africa. She gives us a profile of Oprah. She enlightens us about age and sexuality. She confesses to the problems fame brings and shares with us the indelible lessons she has learned about rage and violence. And she sings the praises of sensuality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A sort of wit and wisdom of Angelou, culled from a lifetime of adversity and overcoming. The Denver Post
  • Maya Angelou writes like a song, and like the truth. The New York Times Book Review
  • Everything about Maya Angelou is transcendental. She has something to tell you now. Listen. Robert Fulghum, The Washington Post Book World
  • If you don’t know [Maya Angelou] yet, now is as good a time as any to jump in and partake of her bounteous wisdom. Los Angeles Times
  • Angelou’s voice is spellbinding, bubbling with rhythm, vivid with lessons. The Miami Herald
  • Angelou is a force of nature. Chicago Sun-Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 2/5/2014

    " "It is said that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue with consistancy." Art for the Sake of the Soul "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/5/2014

    " Angelou is an amazing writer who has had an amazing life. This is worth reading, but I would rather read her poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Marquart | 2/2/2014

    " For anyone who hasn't had the pure delight of reading Dr. Maya Angelou, please pick up one of her many books. I just finished reading Even the Stars Get Lonesome for the third time and it still takes my breath away. This book will make you rethink so many aspects of your life -- from how you see yourself, to how you see others, to how you see the Universe. Decades ago my friend Annie sent me Take Nothing for My Journey Now. It is a small book packed with Maya Angelou's understanding of her big life. She wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was born a black girl when bathrooms couldn't be used by them no matter how badly they had to pee. I saw Dr. Angelou speak twice and I think of her more times than I can count as I tackle the challenges of my own life. Her poem I Shall Rise pushed me to stand on my feet many times when dealing with health issues for which traditional doctors had no clue and many had not even heard of. There aren't enough stars on the review bar to click for Maya Angelou now in her 80's and who just wrote a cookbook. Ahhhhhhhh, Maya Angelou in our kitchens . . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Wise | 1/23/2014

    " I love Maya and this book of short essays should only be read after reading "Heart of a Woman" or "Why the Caged Bird Sing" then you will truly appreciate Maya Angelou in all her glory!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney Wilkerson | 1/19/2014

    " There were parts that I found inspirational and it was a book that felt as though you were listening to your grandmother tell you tales about her life in hopes that you would learn from them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/11/2014

    " Another fast read, I really like her. Talks of her pains without inspiring guilt. A true poet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Carson | 12/31/2013

    " As a poet,etc. Maya Angelou has an extraordinary way with words. In this book, she talks about her life experiences in many creative ways. She also mentions constantly African/African-American culture and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Hale | 12/28/2013

    " The essays relate to this native Arkansan's life and the people she's known. There's a particularly interesting -- and timely -- essay on Clarence Thomas, now a Supreme Court justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoyed this book a lot but I am going with 3 stars because I wish the really good essays were longer. Looking forward to reading her series of autobiographies "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Bocage | 12/19/2013

    " This is just a continuance from 'Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now'. More lessons, more education on life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gijs | 12/2/2013

    " Niemendalligere essays van de zwarte schrijfster. De essay over het belang van woningen is het verrassendst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/25/2013

    " A collections of essays covering the author's thoughts on the human condition. A very peasurable and thought provoking read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 11/25/2013

    " I love Maya's poetry and found this book on a clearance rack so I snatched it up. Can't wait to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 9/14/2013

    " This is a compilation of essays by Angelou. They are so inspiring and beautiful. I own this book and it continues to delight and inspire me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 6/29/2013

    " This is a wonderfully quick read. Maya gives her views on a variety of topics from poverty and vacationing to homes and love. She is a master storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/12/2013

    " Eloquent and poignant, as usual ~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erotic Horizon | 2/12/2013

    " Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou (1998) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/31/2013

    " A series of essays with artsy names, like "Poetic Passage" is about Oprah. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 9/28/2012

    " Loved this. Read it in one setting. What a wise and clever woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 9/17/2011

    " If you like Maya Angelou you will love this book. She talks about great life lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/25/2011

    " I read this book every year at least once just to remind myself about the important things... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 6/24/2011

    " Some great quotes and advice. Elders rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Löki Gale | 6/21/2011

    " Maya Angelou puts things in such a way that I can imagine her words slipping from her mouth like a quiet brook. I really enjoyed this installment of her autobiography and was quite amazed at how long it took me to read it. For such a short read, it is full of wise words that must be mulled over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 4/28/2011

    " Had much higher expectations for this volume of essays "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 4/7/2011

    " Eloquent and poignant, as usual ~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/24/2010

    " "It is said that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue with consistancy." Art for the Sake of the Soul "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Löki Gale | 4/5/2010

    " Maya Angelou puts things in such a way that I can imagine her words slipping from her mouth like a quiet brook. I really enjoyed this installment of her autobiography and was quite amazed at how long it took me to read it. For such a short read, it is full of wise words that must be mulled over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 12/6/2009

    " Had much higher expectations for this volume of essays "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/9/2009

    " Another fast read, I really like her. Talks of her pains without inspiring guilt. A true poet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 7/13/2009

    " A collections of essays covering the author's thoughts on the human condition. A very peasurable and thought provoking read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 8/24/2008

    " I enjoyed this book a lot but I am going with 3 stars because I wish the really good essays were longer. Looking forward to reading her series of autobiographies "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erotic Horizon | 8/16/2008

    " Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou (1998) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 7/11/2008

    " Some great quotes and advice. Elders rule. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 5/1/2008

    " If you like Maya Angelou you will love this book. She talks about great life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 4/29/2008

    " I love Maya's poetry and found this book on a clearance rack so I snatched it up. Can't wait to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ki | 3/5/2008

    " PG-- some reference to sex, but not offensive at all.

    Her poetry knocks you over, and her prose is just her poetry with longer lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/13/2008

    " This is a compilation of essays by Angelou. They are so inspiring and beautiful. I own this book and it continues to delight and inspire me. "

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About the Author
Author Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928–2014) was a singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer, and mother. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies she wrote several volumes of poetry, including “On the Pulse of the Morning” for the inauguration of President Clinton. She was given a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.