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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Audiobook

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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: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A phenomenal #1 best seller that has appeared on The New York Times best seller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people, and the times, that touched her life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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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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.