The best way to get to know this Nobel prize author is to hear his story read to you by the man himself! You are with him every step of the way.
I am not Irish, I may never have the chance to visit Ireland, but for the duration of this story I was with Frank and amidst his family and friends, the townspeople of Limmerick, and getting a feel for all.
FRANKIE, OF COURSE.
The memoirs of an Irishman born in America but an immigrant nonetheless
It was too scattered for me. It just did not have great flow in my mind.
Humorous, tragic, educational
This is a very long book - over 15 hours so there is no way I would listen to it in one sitting.
This is a book that I had never wanted to read because I expected it to be very sad. Listening to it read by the author made it much more palatable for me. The life of the McCourt's did not seem hopeless since the family accepted it and plodded on day to day.
There is quite a bit of humor throughout the book and this helps to lighten the mood considerably.
The narrator's singing of the Irish songs in the book was delightful. I know I would never have really experienced the music if I had read the book. Music was very important to this family.
I'm writing this review while only half done with the book. I only listen to it while walking - this is my main incentive to get outside and walk. It is a major motivation!
Frank brings this book to life with his Irish lilt
I loved Frank and his granny
A Life in the Hearth
I have heard about this book being a sad and tragic story. I was in the mood for some drama and sadness so I gave it a shot. Maybe because other's have read it while I listened to it but I did not find this story to be sad at all. Yes, it was a tough life but the way Frank McCourt told it, it was a very matter-of-fact life. There were times when I thought, "Oh no! That's just not fair!" but then there were times when I laughed out loud at the shenanigans!
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am eager to begin again to catch details that I missed the first time.
Listening to the poem "The Highwayman" in McCourt's Irish accent was my favorite part.
The singing/ poetry and reality as he told his own story.
I would recommend this book for anyone because it tells a lot of history. It can make you laugh at times to make up for all of the sadness in the book.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I found Angela's Ashes to be such a touching, funny (yes, I said funny), and sad book. Frank McCourt does a great job narrating his own story. Because you know it's him narrating, it makes his childhood all the more interesting and real. He paints such a clear picture of poverty and what that word trully means. It's an excellent story!
I have to say though... there is a lot of singing... so if a narrators singing irriates you, this may not be the story to listen to.
Kindergarten teacher, grandmother of 5, gardener, loves animals and Arizona!
This is an amazing recollection of Frank McCourt's childhood.... I read the book when it first came out and saw the movie, but the personal narration gives his story so much more feeling than the written word! I highly recommend it!!
Being written from the standpoint of a 3, 4, 5... year old child makes the book really interesting. I don't think anyone else could have read this book and pulled it off. Frank must have been quite a human being. The story he told was great, but the insights into the extreme poverty that surrounded Frank his entire life was profound and thought provoking. As with any great book, it's changed my thinking just a bit. That says a lot.
I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it. That's partly the reason that this book is a must.
Since most of the book is from the standpoint of a young child, it's easiest to relate to the later scenes. I found myself laughing at loud later in the book as Frank was wrestling with his devote catholic upbringing and his adolescent meanderings. Great stuff!