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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
Written by: Maya Angelou
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Maya Angelou's poignant, powerful autobiography, starring Adjoa Andoh, Indie Gjesdal and Pippa Bennett-Warner.

Abandoned by their parents, Maya and her older brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in the small Southern town of Stamps in Arkansas. Struggling with rejection, they endure the prejudice of their white neighbours and suffer several racist incidents.

One day, their father unexpectedly returns and takes the children to live with their mother in St Louis, Missouri. Aged only eight, Maya is abused by her mother's boyfriend, an experience that haunts her for a lifetime. Filled with guilt and shame, she refuses to speak to anyone except Bailey - until she meets Mrs Bertha Flowers, who encourages her love of books, helping her to find her voice and regain her own strong spirit.

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic, beloved worldwide, which recounts a youth filled with curiosity, wonder, disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and hard-won independence. This radio dramatisation, starring Adjoa Andoh, Indie Gjesdal and Pippa Bennett-Warner, plays out her extraordinary story with dramatic verve and poetic brilliance.
 

Cast:
Narrator (Older Maya)...Adjoa Andoh
Maya...Indie Gjedsal/Pippa Bennett-Warner
Bailey...Roshawn Hewitt
Momma...Cecilia Noble
Uncle Willie/Freeman/Daddy...Richard Pepple
Steward/Lawyer...John Lightbody
Girl...Francesca Elise
Mother...Ellen Thomas
Bertha Flowers...Nikki Amuka-Bird
Spanish voices... Maider Jáuregui, Rocío Mesonero, Celia Romo, Julio Villa-García, Hugo Sánchez and Francisco Oda-Ángel @ Instituto Cervantes,Manchester
Receptionist...Lauren Cornelius
 

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper.

Produced by Pauline Harris.

©2018 Maya Angelou (P)2018 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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This is my first audio book and i just loved it! ❤ The book itself is such a treasure.

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tugs at one's heartstrings

it was wonderful, the choir at the beginning of each chapter really set the mood, and the heroine was wonderful, I really enjoyed her.

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It's Good.

This is the first time I have listened to a dramatised version of a book and I can say this that, I liked it. I am not sure if I would have liked it if it wasn't played and the contents weren't amplified like the narrators did.

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  • 01-09-18

Loved It!!

This was a heartwarming and captivating story. I enjoyed listening to this audible book. I like the Historical documentary narration.

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  • 25-03-19

I miss Maya Angelou Thanks for all your influence

Loved the book in high school love it more NOW. wish they would have finished

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  • Roland Wamara
  • 24-09-18

Fantastic peace of literature!

The story is told in such away that one's visual imagination is immediately triggered and the listening experience becomes a personal and visual experience. All I can say, is that she writes amazingly well!

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  • A. Selders
  • 09-09-19

Incomplete - disappointed

When I purchased this book I had expected the full version (the audio book is 10 hours); instead I only got one hour’s worth. I think I am missing content as it felt the story was not finished. I paid full price (one credit, or £8.50 worth). I wanted to complain but couldn’t find out how or where. I have returned. Disappointed

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  • Louise
  • 08-08-18

Loved It!

The music and dramatisation really made this iconic story a fantastic listen. Such an amazing story, as well as heart breaking, and I listened to it twice in one day.