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BBC Radio 4's stunning dramatisations of Maya Angelou's autobiographies - modern American classics beloved worldwide.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th-century black America.

This collection includes:

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Gather Together in My Name
  • Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting’ Merry Like Christmas
  • The Heart of a Woman
  • All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes
  • A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Dramatised by award-winning playwrights Patricia Cumper, Winsome Pinnock and Janice Okoh, and starring Indie Gjesdal playing the young Maya, with Pippa Bennett-Warner playing the adult Maya.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Like in the days before television...

I love these dramatisations. I have read the complete biographies of Maya Angelou, but hearing it this way just adds a special old school touch that I so adore.

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  • D
  • 07-12-2019

That was the best books I never read. Amazing,

Using audible for this autobiography was beyond great. I was intrigued the entire time. I was excited to listen to the story of her life and learned so much. The story was so realistic I was completely immersed at all times. I laughed and cried. I truly loved it.

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  • Valarie griffin
  • 09-03-2021

Esqisite and exceptional!

I loved every morsel and meaty story! I can see why Mya Angelou was so loved. She is such a decadent writer 💕

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  • Maureen Fitzpatrick
  • 07-04-2021

Disappointedly condensed and “performed”

Ms. Angelou’s life doesn’t deserve to be forced into a Reader’s Digest condensed feel. But it’s probably a feature of the staged treatment. And I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but these performed versions of her autobiographies don’t feel true. I’d prefer to hear these simply read. A far cry from Maya Angelou’s voice delivering I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

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  • Benita
  • 14-09-2020

I love Maya Angelou

Her life story is so amazing!! I absolutely enjoyed this audible; I didn't want the story to him.

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  • Mike C Davies
  • 27-01-2020

Excellent BBC production

I heard one of these 6 books on BBC 4xtra, which drew me to try them all. I'd read 'I know why the caged bird sings' years back. What an amazing and vivid life Maya Angelou lived 😊. Great BBC production, with narrator and all the Maya actress's really good, highly recommended

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  • Zoe Dunn
  • 03-09-2019

Fantastic!

Great story and cast. What an inspirational person and so interesting from an historical point of view

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  • Mama bear
  • 20-03-2021

Addictive and wonderful

I couldn't stop listening.
Beautifully written. Wonderfully performed and read. I am only sad it came to an end.
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  • Rachael Harding
  • 06-07-2020

ABSOLUTELY SUPERB

This was absolutely brilliant..The narration, the actor's voices and the way it was all brought to life. One of my favourite ever audionooks . I have over 100. I loved the historical references too.

I may look for more dramatisations now I've tried this. I was a fan of Maya Angelou anyway, but her life and times were so interesting that i think this book would be enjoyed whether you knew who she was before listening or not..

Well worth a credit 😊

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  • bev
  • 26-04-2020

Fascinating!

compelling listening. didn't know that she had led such a varied, interesting, up and down life. fascinating to hear! takes you through the full range of emotions, from sorrow, to anger, to laughter, to frustration, to joy, to ... an interesting lady that all of our young women could learn a few lessons from.

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  • Maria Vincent
  • 26-01-2020

Amazing a fantastic audiobook

Really gripping interesting diverse topics themes life events.... simply wonderful. One to download listen to and repeat.

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  • Ruth Kerr
  • 03-01-2020

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