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Publisher's Summary

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Maya Angelou performs her memorable fourth volume of autobiography, which began so auspiciously with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The Heart of a Woman sings with Maya Angelou's eloquent prose and is filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous people, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X. Even more central is Maya Angelou's chronicle of the joys and the burdens of being a black mother in America and how the son she has cherished so intensely and worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.
©1997 Maya Angelou; (P)1997 Random House Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"What a woman! What a heart!" (AudioFile)
"Remarkable....A great lady moving right on through a great memoir." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Loved it.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of a Woman to be better than the print version?

Yes, because to hear Ms Angelou's own voice makes it so much more interesting. If that's even possible.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both!

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  • Patricia
  • Euclid, Ohio, United States
  • 01-16-12

Wonderful

What did you love best about The Heart of a Woman?

This is very good listening. The reader (Dr. Angelou) pulls you into the book as if you were their. I am looking forward in listening to other books by Dr. Angelou.

What did you like best about this story?

I like best how I feel like I can visualize what is being said.

What does Maya Angelou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dr. Angelou brings the story alive

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

yes. I could not turn it off

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  • Pamela
  • MEMPHIS, TN, United States
  • 05-08-12

A Real Woman's point of view

She is exceptional. Direct, soft, hard, savy, resourceful, a real woman with a great point of view. Through all her pain and suffering she can still stand tall and tell her real story. Amazing woman.

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It’s Maya

There’s really no other words. It’s Maya. She is verbal beauty.

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Extraordinary

Remarkable life rich and beautiful whispered to your ear by its magnificent protagonist in the most colorful tender and poignant voice. Thank you Maya!

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She will be miss! Rip! She's the reason I ❤ poet!

An amazing book from an amazing women! God bless her! She will always remain in my heart.

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perfect title

I get caught up in her life. The book is so easy to listen too. I wished it was longer!

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Love me some Maya....

It was great to find my favorite author on line here at our pool, but the treat was in hearing her voice and having she herself as the narrator of her book. Maye Angelo has for a very long time, has been a Shero of mine. This particular bug was something that I read several years ago and this time going through it again but having it read to me, I was able to enjoy it more. It's a wonderful story, it's her story, and it's the story of love for herself, her son, and life.

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Kayla carpenter<br />

it was really awesome and inspirational not to give and work hard on what you believe in

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Really, really good!

I enjoyed The Heart of a Woman. It kept my attention. Excellent. Great read for weekend of relaxation.

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  • Mrs V A Rowe
  • 04-02-17

fascinating

The book was vibrant and intriguing. couldn't put it down. listened to twice

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  • David
  • 07-07-15

Wonderful

As always, Maya Angelou tells a human story which, although is a powerful narrative on the African American experience of that time, transcends all race and culture and reminds us of the true beauty of humanity - Love, in its most beautiful and ugliest of forms. Hearing any volume of Dr Angelou's work narrated by her own unique voice is an inspiring experience.

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  • Viviane Ara�jo
  • 03-21-15

I am moved and inspired by this book!

What a woman, what a talent, what a mother and daughter! From the heart of a woman to another: thank you, Ms. Angelou!