The Heart of a Woman

Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Maya Angelou has fascinated, moved, and inspired countless listeners and readers with the first three volumes of her autobiography, one of the most remarkable personal narratives of our age. Now, in her fourth volume, The Heart of a Woman, her turbulent life breaks wide open with joy as the singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous New York City. There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, her love for writing blazes anew. Her compassion and commitment lead her to respond to the fiery times by becoming the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history-making quest. 

A tempestuous, earthy woman, she promises her heart to one man only to have it stolen, virtually on her wedding day, by a passionate African freedom fighter. Filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous characters, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, The Heart of a Woman sings with Maya Angelou's eloquent prose - her fondest dreams, deepest disappointments, and her dramatically tender relationship with her rebellious teenage son. Vulnerable, humorous, tough, Maya speaks with an intimate awareness of the heart within all of us.

©1997 Maya Angelou (P)1997 Random House Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved." (James Baldwin)

"What a woman! What a heart!" (AudioFile

"Remarkable....A great lady moving right on through a great memoir." (Kirkus Reviews)

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It’s Maya

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

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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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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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Loved every minute

What a great read... Vivid, heart felt and so inspiring like only the late Ms Angelou could capture.

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In Love

I JUST LOVE MAYA ANGELOU. SO ORIGINAL, THEIRS NO ONE CAN OUT DUE HER.

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Greatest women

I love her and any book from her is an amazing book. Her voice is also very calming to listen.

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wonderful

wonderful to hear her voice and feel each stroke of her pen full of emotion

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absolutely breathtaking... Maya is a great!

this is a must.... her voice her words her writing is impeccable... love love love

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Wisdom flows from auntie Maya Angelou

I loved listening to Maya’s soothing voice. She is a story-teller perfectionist! I’m learning so much from her wisdom!

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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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  • 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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  • 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!