Letter to My Daughter

  • by Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by Maya Angelou
  • 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a lifelong endeavor, or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice, Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family. Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, re-read, and share.

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Full of wisdom, though dated in places

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is never time wasted to hear the voices of those who have experienced different lives to yourself.


What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed the honesty that came from her performance.


Was Letter to My Daughter worth the listening time?

This was a very short book and so the listening time was not a problem.


Any additional comments?

Some of her views can be seen to be dated but everybody is a product of their times.

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- Gregory Monk

a lovely written book

A lovely written book I would want to share with my daughter. the account of her experiences are so valuable one is able to even take life lessens at 45. Shows you to how to get up and do rather than putting yourself and raise standards .
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- Alev Haddadieh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio