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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abridged) | [Maya Angelou]

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abridged)

A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1970 Maya Angelou; (P)1996 Random House Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Simultaneously touching and comic." (The New York Times)
"It is a heroic and beautiful book." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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    Drew Forest City, NC, USA 03-30-06
    Drew Forest City, NC, USA 03-30-06
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    "fair"

    The author does an excellent job reading the story. However, the book has been shortened to the point that it is more or less a trailer. Poor job on the publishing/editing end. Too short.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 12-17-05
    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 12-17-05 Member Since 2004

    I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.

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    "Almost Gripping"

    This is not an unabridged version. Having a different narrator bridge portions of the book was a little wierd. There are breaks in the editing that are a bit strange. Angelou has a wonderful voice for this genre, but she seems to rush when you want her to slow down. Her singing voice almost had me singing along with her. This is a beautiful book in its original printed version, but the audio version is lacking something.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Byron Anderson Orange Park, Fl. USA 05-14-12
    Byron Anderson Orange Park, Fl. USA 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I am the caged bird which sangs the blues."
    What did you love best about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?

    The Author


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Author


    What about Maya Angelou’s performance did you like?

    I want you to think I haven.t listen to it, therefore you need to listen yourself and form your own opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-02-11
    Kelli Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-02-11
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    "This is not the entire book"
    What would have made I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings better?

    I love this book and own it but this audio version, is missing a ton of the book and does me no good. I will request a refund for the audio book as I need the full text of the book by audio. I am bothered by the fact that it was sold without disclosing this information. Huge waste of my time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine W. Largo, Florida United States 12-31-10
    Christine W. Largo, Florida United States 12-31-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Credit Worthy"

    An honest and interesting peek into the Life of the Authoress. I only wish audible offered it unabridged, as well as the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. J. Hoida Huntington Beach, CA USA 08-25-10
    T. J. Hoida Huntington Beach, CA USA 08-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't wait to hear the next passage, but Abridged"

    I am a fan of Maya Angelou's writings as much as her voice. I started listening on a 5 hour drive to Vegas, I found no matter the topic, I loved to listen to her poetic descriptions and voice, and eagerly awaited the next passage. I was initially thrilled with this book, but the ending came, and the reading seemed so truncated, I thought I had only downloaded part 1 of 2. This was accidental on my part to purchase an abridged book. I am rating it a 3 of 5 only for the reason the story seemed incomplete in this version. Seek out the unabridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alleta Nelson-Reese Martinez, Georgia United States 03-19-06
    Alleta Nelson-Reese Martinez, Georgia United States 03-19-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Entrancing"

    This was my mother's favorite book. I never had the time to read it. However, listening to this book made me want to run errands constantly because it was the only time I could listen to the book. The author's passion and emotion is truly felt as she reads her own story. It makes you feel as though you are in her world watching her every move. It was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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