• I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-04-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.3 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration.
In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.
'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou
©1969 Maya Angelou (renewed 1997) (P)2011 Random House Inc
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By Tessa Hancock on 03-12-15

Such perfect diction and attention to detail

Having read Maya's books myself thirty years ago, it was one of the first audiobooks I bought to listen to on my iPad ,now in my seventies, and I have been delighted to listen to Maya's perfect diction and wonderful attention to the details of The English language , a rare treat these days of sloppy Americanisms and ubiquitous estuarine accent. Her accent and diction immediately add local colour to her story of hardship growing up as a negro child in the Deep South of early twentieth century America in the time of segregation and the Great Depression.

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By S Kendall-Morris on 09-13-16

My favourite book

I've loved this (the first book in maya angelous autobiography) since childhood. So, I purchased this from audible to listen and experience the story over again. It is narrated by Maya Angelou and very enjoyable. The story is deep and rich. A must read.

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By Debbie Walsh on 12-05-17

Couldn't put it down!

What an amazing storyteller. Made all the more fascinating by the fact that its true.

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By Brigid on 07-27-17

Read by Maya Angelou, what more could you ask for?

What did you like most about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?

To have the author and main character herself read the book made the experience so personal. It is such an important insight into her life and the lives of millions which is as relevant today as it was when it came out.

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