We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Audiobook

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Regular Price:$26.23
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement, and celebration.

In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.

"I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again." (Maya Angelou)

©1969 Maya Angelou (renewed 1997) (P)2011 Random House Inc

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (30 )
5 star
 (21)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.6 (27 )
5 star
 (19)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (27 )
5 star
 (19)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    C 18/06/2015
    C 18/06/2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A classic narrative"

    This is a profoundly moving ,insightful and entertaining narrative and an eloquent and subtle book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    BERIS 30/05/2015
    BERIS 30/05/2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great author."

    I have learnt so much about that time period. It gives an insight to a lovely soul who handles hardship with such forgiveness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael 23/05/2015
    Michael 23/05/2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Always good to hear a book read by the author."

    Well written, an important book to read. Unfortunately can't find the next one on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Tessa Hancock
    12/03/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Such perfect diction and attention to detail"

    Having read Maya's books myself thirty years ago, it was one of the first audiobooks I bought to listen to on my iPad ,now in my seventies, and I have been delighted to listen to Maya's perfect diction and wonderful attention to the details of The English language , a rare treat these days of sloppy Americanisms and ubiquitous estuarine accent. Her accent and diction immediately add local colour to her story of hardship growing up as a negro child in the Deep South of early twentieth century America in the time of segregation and the Great Depression.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Thomson
    7/06/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolutely amazing"

    This was a fantastic listen , read by the author . Full of wisdom and beautiful writing . I shall listen to it again for sure .
    Some wonderful quotes to meditate upon . The book really picks up pace in the second half .
    Inspiring . Absolutely amazing .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "compelling"

    Maya takes you through her experience slowly and effectively, it makes one feel that Maya is presently holding his hand and physically showing you how things went.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S Kendall-Morris
    13/09/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My favourite book"

    I've loved this (the first book in maya angelous autobiography) since childhood. So, I purchased this from audible to listen and experience the story over again. It is narrated by Maya Angelou and very enjoyable. The story is deep and rich. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Such a Fascinating Story!"

    I only found out about this book from my mother after Maya Angelou's death. Well, what can I say- it has left me speechless. The book is inspiring and shows how determination can take you far against all odds. Highly recommended read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon M.
    29/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A first class read"

    I was aware of the works of Maya Angelou but this was my introduction to the lady herself
    Well versed and at times funny innocent and frightening this is a insight to the wrongs done by man upon his fellow man and how the singular individual can overcome such adversity
    I would highly recommend this title to anyone who

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B.
    3/04/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Better read than heard"

    I know this book is considered something of a modern classic, but I must say that I found it agonizing to listen to Maya Angelou's reading. Her ultra-precise and ultra-slow diction made me feel as if she were either reading the most secret and sacred text on the planet for the one and only time I would ever get hear it, or reading out instructions while I had my head in the engine compartment, trying to fix a car. How anyone can take hours and hours of is beyond me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Northern Ireland
    24/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspirational"

    This is an inspiring read which is enhanced by the almost perfect way that the Author herself articulates her own words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Jackson
    London, England
    18/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent chance to read this autobiography!!"
    Would you listen to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings again? Why?

    Not this one but other books of Maya Angelou's, yes :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marguerite/Maya, coz she's an inspiration!


    Which character – as performed by Maya Angelou – was your favourite?

    Herself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All but it was a real eye opener 're segregation in the South, only Vanilla ice cream allowed on Fourth July to black people , really!!! :(


    Any additional comments?

    Will read more of her .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kam Kharood
    28/01/16
    Overall
    "Amazing journey with Maya"

    Beautifully written memoir, amazing language. You feel that you are in the era with Maya standing by watching everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.