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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 Angelou Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant.

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Quotes & Awards

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. James Baldwin
  • Nominated for Audie Awards, 2012
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • A 2012 Audie Award Nominee for Classic
  • Winner of the 1971 Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wangechi | 2/16/2014

    " Maya Angelou is brilliant in the way she writes and is not afraid to point out details which might be embarrassing for others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Polly | 2/15/2014

    " Very interesting autobiography of the life of Maya Angelou from age 3-age 16 as she lived in various places with various family members. Her story of her time in Stamps, AK was especially interesting -with an upright paternal grandmother and an uncle running a store and being one of the elite in a town surrounded by poverty, share croppers and racism. Her own parents seemed immature and selfish and her story of her first stay in St. Louis with her mother, her mother's crazy, violent brothers and an evil step-father was harrowing. And her visit to her father in L.A. with a crazy trip to Mexico, a rejecting, violent step-mom and a month stay with other homeless kids in a used car lot..... She and her brother, Bailey, were exposed to great literature from the start and got solace from escapist reading. Her time in the schools of San Francisco and her breaking of the color (and sex)barrier to become the first Black cable car conductor were interesting. What a life!... and she ends only at age 16 with a major change in circumstances. It was a good book club book capped with listening/watching her deliver a poem at Clinton's inauguration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaime | 1/30/2014

    " This fits the bill of depressing-but-beautifully-written books that I usually love so much, with the added benefits of being historical and auto-biographical. Woohoo! I didn't know much about Angelou before reading this book, but man was her early life fascinating. Heartbreaking too, a lot of the time, but all the more amazing for what she has accomplished since then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison Jordahl | 1/29/2014

    " I thought that it overall was very interesting. Although some of the chapters took longer to read because the subjects weren't as interesting. But a majority of the chapters were intriguing and left me wanted to keep reading and reading. I absolutely loved the way the language was used throughout the book. It wasn't just proper English but actually stated the way people said things during the time of the book. A great read and many people should read it. "

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