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Joseph

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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    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, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

    Lynn says: "Insightful and touching"
    "Pretentious, conceited, self-important"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Maya should have listened to other audiobooks and found out how much a good reading of a book enhances that book. Her self-reading was the worst narration I have heard and interfered with my enjoyment and appreciation of the book. I read the critical praises of the book and asked myself if they were reading the same book. When I filtered out the effect of her narration, I appreciated the book more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Her cross-bearing, chip-on-her-shoulder attitude and beliefs are at once both the most interesting and least interesting aspect of the book. She thinks she is the only one in the world that had to struggle and overcome. She will probably attribute my lack of appreaciation of the book to my white skin.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her jerky performance could have been improved by having any professional reader do the performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It would be very difficult for a screen writer to make it an interesting movie.


    10 of 45 people found this review helpful

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