©1970 Maya Angelou; (P)1996 Random House Audio, Inc.
"Simultaneously touching and comic." (The New York Times)
"It is a heroic and beautiful book." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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.
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.
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.
I want you to think I haven.t listen to it, therefore you need to listen yourself and form your own opinion.
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.
An honest and interesting peek into the Life of the Authoress. I only wish audible offered it unabridged, as well as the abridged version.
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.
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!
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