• The Heart of a Woman

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (573 ratings)

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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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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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It’s Maya

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

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Not the full book

This is not the full audio of the book. It skips to a later chapter.

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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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Allow Maya Angelou to gift you with her story!

Being read to by Maya Angelou is a gift! Such a remarkable woman, life and story to dance through the "pages" with her was such fun! . Maya Angelou reading to you (as the narrator) makes you feel like a child excited by a bedtime story and a grown woman being guided to navigate life all at the same time.

As a new mother there was so much kinship with her story. Her writing draws you into every single facial expression and gut feeling... As if you were right there with her travelling across continents. What an incredible adventurous revolutionary life!

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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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Doesn’t get any better

It doesn’t get any better to hear Maya’s words and prose from Maya’ mouth. What a blessing

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good story

she read very monotone but it was an interesting story of her raising her son.

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Abbreviated But Good

I enjoyed Sis Maya's bio; I was just saddened that I could hear shortcuts of things left out.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-22

Loved it. Finished in one go!

The title sums it up. What a woman! Impossible to put down. She just draws you in.

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  • Carol
  • 07-18-21

Entertaining and brilliant ad always!

Who am I to review such a woman. Her storytelling transports you to whichever time and place she reads about. There is joy, laughter, understanding, and total honesty in the work of Maya Angelou, which I totally love. The Heart of a Woman again reminds you of her contribution towards freedom and the voice of the sisterhood throughout struggle.

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  • Helen Ingledew
  • 01-29-21

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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  • 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!