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Publisher's Summary

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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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!

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  • Tami
  • 18-11-2017

It’s Maya

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

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  • Raquel
  • 26-10-2020

Ripoff - Summary of the Book

This is not an audible version of the full book. It’s about 25% of it, at best. Even the 3 chapters aren’t complete.

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  • Pamela
  • 08-05-2012

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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  • Palmira
  • 29-12-2011

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
  • 16-01-2012

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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  • Aubrey Brennan
  • 01-03-2021

Beautiful

This is my first Maya Angelou book and I am hooked! The fact that you get to hear her voice filled with love, intelligence, and humor is a supreme bonus. Listen to it! I will be listening to this again in the future.

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  • Jamara
  • 19-02-2021

Maya's words are a legacy she leaves behind

I loved the story she told in her voice. It was as if I was there in real time experiencing all of her life unfolding as an onlooker. I wish she was a close relative to share stories with me as we sipped tea and moved into a glass of wine.

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  • La Pantera Salvage
  • 03-02-2021

Maya Tells All

This is the story of how Maya became wise. I am grateful she held nothing back and read the narration herself. My love for her only grew from listening to a great woman survive her mistakes.

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  • Melissa Hillsman
  • 31-01-2021

Beautiful book by Maya

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Maya Angelou describe her life‘s experiences in this book. She has seen and been through so much and we can glean wisdom and knowledge from her.

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  • Choclatelady
  • 21-01-2021

Relatable

insightful...Happy to hear a Great narrating such relatable experiences. Just to read a of life's triumphs can be conquered and you can get back up and start over.

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  • David
  • 07-07-2015

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2017

fascinating

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

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  • Helen Ingledew
  • 29-01-2021

Queen Maya!

Having read Maya Angelou's books as a student, I am now rereading them all again as a woman of 58.
Oh my, her wisdom and humour in equal measure resonate with me so indelibly.

I see more in her words and her artistry than I did as a young woman. As a mother of older grown up kids I take a new perspective from experience and maturity. Her expression of feelings of being a mother, a lover and a friend are universal. I am white so of course I can't have experienced it all, but from one woman to another you speak the truth of do many women. As a feminist Queen Maya brings clarity to the position of women in male dominated society. I look forward to reading her again in 30 years, not sure if I will be able to wait that long.

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