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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (112,402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maya Angelou Narrator: Maya Angelo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Audie Award Nominee for Classic
  • Winner of the 1971 Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gin | 2/16/2014

    " Love this book, one I will read again and again and hear a different song each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/12/2014

    " Maya Angelou is one of those authors whose prose just flows. She delivers a mundane detail with the same tone as she delivered her rape. There were so many pages where I wished I could remember her turn of phrase. She crafts the very complex story of her life into bite sized stories that I greedily consumed. I couldn't put this book down. I cried. I laughed. She won my heart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Madeline Benoit | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this book very much...probably because I had a lot of trouble indentifying with it. It was also a little bit depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly O'connor | 2/6/2014

    " She's an incredible writer, but her memoir was pretty boring. "

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