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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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  • 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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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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Excellent

Mia has an extraordinary way of expressions
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I could the story in my mind.

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  • MelV
  • Texas
  • 02-16-18

Every woman should read this

I’m glad I chose this as my first audio book. I’m sure I’ll play this multiple times.

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Lovingly spoken life stories.

Vivid and entertaining reminiscences of her life in New York City and Africa lyrically told by the one and only Maya Angelou. Her deep sonorous voice carries the listener along on her adventures through dramatic political landscapes meeting interesting characters along the way. The love and tenderness she has for her teenage son, along for the journey, is very moving.

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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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  • 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!