What a delightful surprise to find out that Maya Angelou herself was the narrator. I felt like I was sitting at the feet of a sage, soaking in wisdom. This is a book I may end up picking up - that is the hardcopy - in order to easily reference the pearls of wisdom she graciously shares with her audience. My only criticism, is that towards the end, the stories became a bit impersonal, and seemed as if they were added as an afterthought. Didn't seem to fit with the idea of writing personal letters to a daughter. It sounded more like recycled speeches presented at other venues and hastily added towards the end of the book. This is why I gave the overall review 4 stars instead of 5.
Admittedly, I watched the PBS special before reading this book, and fell in love with the individual stories of courage against the odds and the power of individuals to make a substantive difference. Listening to the book was indeed, a transformative experience. In addition, it is well-researched and a balanced portrayal of global women's fight against inequity.
The narration was at times robotic, however, I have to give kudos to the narrator for taking the time to learn how to properly pronounce complex names of places and individuals.
Perhaps later in life - like for encouragement when in the middle of a career change.
This is my first audiobook. I felt like I was listening to a compelling lecture, in which I could associate parts of the books that I enjoyed with a voice.
Would not be appropriate for film.
I would recommend this book to any woman at any point in her career. Would make a great graduation gift now that the season is upon us.
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