Pathetic, Funny, Inspiring
The narration by Frank McCourt.
Determination can make it happen.
There is no way reading could pick up the emotion provided by Frank McCourt as the narrator.
Listening to the author read this was a true joy. The story is so depressing that I can hardly listen to it. But he soldiers on...this was his life.
I read the paper book but hearing Frank McCourt read it was great!It brought me back to my childhood growing up with Irish grandparents, aunts and uncles.
I never realized how much influence the catholic church had in Ireland.
I could feel as though I was in Ireland and New York at the time the book took place.
I liked it so much it's on to Tis for my next read.
I would recommend this to a friend because it is a real life story told straight from the person who experienced it.
The fact that Frank McCourt lived through all those hard times.
It is his story in his own words, that can never be transferred into print as accurately as his own voice can portray it.
No, I had to take a break from it at times as it has so many disturbing parts.
I sometimes listen to parts of the book again while driving simply because I miss the young boy from the "story".
McCourt's writing style is fascinating. His sentences are a mastery of simplicity and austerity. It's almost as if there is a correlation between his bare-bones approach to writing, and the poverty induced scarcity of his childhood. (I suppose that might be somewhat far-fetched.)
Anyway, it's impossible to not like this book.
I don't often write reviews, but I made an exception for this title. What made this listening experience so great was the fact that Frank McCourt was telling his story. His Irish brogue and the fun songs that he shared made me want to start every morning asking, "Tell me a story Frank."
The setting. So humble. So Sad.
The narration made it come to life
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
WOW!!! What a great experience... Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes is one of those books I can listen to over and over again. Don't let the title fool you. This is not one of those sad, depressing books. McCourt did a great job telling his childhood story with a lot of humor and wit. The movie version is lot more depressing though.
I don't think anyone else but Frank McCourt could of done this story justice by narrating it. Truly amazing!
A tragic but inspirational tale. This was a great listen and I highly recommend it.
The addition of the author's voice enhances this story tremendously. There are a lot of cultural references and unique linguistic uses that would be difficult to fully appreciate without the authors accent and emphasis.
His job at the post office. The ladies who ran the office were just terrible but so funny. In fact, all of the women in his story are remarkable.
A sense of humor coupled with a deep sadness that is so sincere that it hurts.
I laughed and cried.