This version is wonderful, read by the author himself which made it even more "listenable". I loved the book, and the audio version is phenomenal.
It was all truly amazing, the grit of the young boy coming of age in remarkable circumstances.
I laughed and cried.
Absolutely, would recommend! Especially if someone is interested in hearing what Ireland was like in the 1930's. The only reason I gave the story four over five stars was because there were a few moments that the story dragged or was overly detailed. Not enough to lose interest.
It's interesting to see the story through a child's eyes. The story was presented just as a young child may see things.
I think having the author read the memoir made it more authentic. It was read in his own accent and gave a child-like speech when appropriate.
I wouldn't say my reaction was "extreme," but there were definitely moments when I would chuckle when there was a childhood nativity in the story. I also felt the sadness and pain in the moments that his family suffered greatly.
I really enjoyed this story and would possibly even listen to it again. I know some had negative reviews about the vulgarity or moments of perverted details, but I think these details where almost necessary to make the story whole and authentic. You have to keep in mind that towards the end of the story, Frank is a teenager/ young adult. Of course it is human nature for a young boy to be curious and express the thoughts that he has. I am by no means an individual that enjoys reading lustful stories, but I think in this case, the details where necessary to the story.
I tried to read this book many times and just couldn't get into it. But the Author reading it to me really made the difference. Frank McCourt did an amazing job reading as well as crafting the story. I was disappointed in the way it ended, but maybe more that it ended at all. I enjoyed it a great deal.
Enjoyed the perspective of the maturing child. well worth the listen. The narrator and author's Irish accent added to the experience but was easy for this American's ears to follow.
Secular educator in her mid 40s who used to love to read, but life got to busy. Audible and my commute opened the do0r to literature again.
I loved that I was hearing the author's narration because then I knew I was hearing it as it was intended. Plus, he was a marvelous story teller.
His feeling of being doomed for being human - masturbation, having sex.
Some people say that it's bleak and maybe that is true if reading the book, but I don't see how anyone could feel this novel was bleak when heard through the author's voice.
He also has that rare talent of being in touch with his inner child - remembering what it's like to think and feel like a child.
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I was a bit wary of this book as it was read by the Author. I generally will shy away from these because writers are seldom great narrators. It took a little getting used to the accent but the story was well worth listening to.
The McCourts move back to Ireland and face tough times. Very poor with incredibly hard conditions which might sound depressing but that wasnt the mood of the book. Despite the hard times young Frank McCourt grows up dealing with family, promising to die for Ireland, poverty, school, friends, girls, jobs, wishes, desires, religion, sex and everything one might while moving through childhood to becoming an adult. Highs and Lows and the stuff in between told frankly and with humor. I enjoyed listening and in the end am glad I didnt pass because of the narrator.
There is a reason this book won the Pulitzer Prize. After reading it, hearing it in Frank McCourt's own voice made it all the better. Listen to it for the sadness, the dark humor, the perseverance, and, ultimately, the comfort that is in it.