Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the narration (I love hearing an authentic Irish accent), this story was so depressing and seemingly pointless, I'd have to say that I won't listen to another book by Frank McCourt. I kept waiting to hear some scrap of good news, or hear of some revenge (particularly against Frank's father), or glean some bit of goodness, but it just didn't materialize. For me, great writing and narration could not overcome the bleakness and hopelessness of the lives of the characters.
No. I put this book into the same genre as Bryce Courtney, but I'll continue to listen to Courtney's books.
Uncle Pat Keating - he doesn't give a Fiddler's fart about what people think.
I think a follow up book would be great - if it introduced something besides human suffering, pain and despair. Clearly Frank McCourt must have finally succeeded at something - maybe this is what the follow on book could describe.
I loved hearing Frank McCourt reading it.
Frank McCourt and how he dealt with his life.
He is a great reader.
Great writing for a great story.
56 year old working wife, mother and grandmother.
It was written as if he was really the young boy that he was. I would find it hard to know what my feelings really were as a youngster. It took a short time for me to get used to his accent but afterwords really enjoyed how he talked. Frank reading his own book made it so much more enjoyable.
I liked Frank. His thoughts were so
I wished that Frank's father would not have had a drinking problem. He had some good solid advise for his boys and I kept hoping he would come around and take care of his family.
When I finished the book I wondered why it was called
Although not from Ireland, I can relate to many of Frank's young life experiences. The setting, language, references to religion and the mere fact of being poor are experiences I share or have seen growing up in Jamaica W.I. This book is a fact of life and it is given to us in a way that, although depressing and sometimes hopeless, with humor and hopefulness. You can sense that there is a light a the end of the tunnel. I truly enjoyed listening.
There are so many, however, I would have to go with the Franks first, second and third confession seen(s). That gave me a big laugh.
I would have to say that Malachy McCourt (Jr.) - Frank’s younger brother by one year. Malachy is a charmer and
My reaction was one of familiarity and mixed memories of my own experience. It made me laugh.
I read this book many years ago and I recall enjoying it so much that I thought I would listen to the Audible version. I found listening to this memoir now every bit as entertaining and delightful as the first time around! In particular, Frank McCourt's narration brings an added feel of it being very true to life and genuine. As the reader/listener, I almost felt like I was there witnessing events in person. McCourt's narration brings this memoir to life and especially enhances the terrific humour throughout the book..
This was a very moving story. I enjoyed every bit of it! There aren't many like this that touched my heart. Thank you, Audible for making this available! And thank you, Frank McCourt for writing this beautiful story.
I have listened to this at least 15 times. Great true stories. McCort delivers a wonderful reenactment of his life with all the wonderful characters to boot.
I read "Angela's Ashes" years ago but nothing can compare to listening to Frank McCourt reading the unabridged version himself! His Irish accent & the inflection in his voice as he reads the book the way he intended it to be "heard" by his readers cannot compare to reading this book yourself. I loved this audible version & have already downloaded his 2nd book, "Tis" in audible. Next month it will be "Teacher Man". All excellant books & will most likely be even better in the audible version! We have lost Frank McCourt, but his books live on in our hearts for all time.
Not really Ron! Female, mid 40's. Need a good audio book really helps me get things done around the house. My family is annoyed!
Read this book years ago but I enjoyed it so much more as an audio book. It just feels like Frank McCourt is telling you the stories himself with his rich Irish voice. Sad, funny,touching and disturbing at times. Just like life.Loved it!
GRI, SME, CDPE, Broker
Frank McCourt quickly became one of my favorite writers ... AND narrators, after listening to him recount his own story. My only disappointment is how abruptly it ends and the fact that the title has no bearing on the story (but does in the continuation of Frank's story, called "'T'Is"). A must read for everyone, but not until high school because of the harsh and realistic content and language.