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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.
I had read Angela's Ashes several times, first through a paperback and then on my Kindle. I thought it was a great enough book and such a keeper that I purchased it twice. When I came across the audio version I thought I wouldn't bother ~ until I realized it was the author himself as the narrator. What had always been an excellent book was exceptional! Mr. McCourt's Irish brogue, his pauses, his singing, his wry way of speaking gave this book depth and dimension that I hadn't even counted on. Whether you are new to audio books or a seasoned reader, this book is a charmer, heart-breaking yet poignant, funny... And now for "Tis"!
You will listen, and then listen again. I LOVED the dry sense of humor that was expertly woven into the story. I laughed out loud when Frankie left God in the backyard.
Many books go on and come off my device, but Angelas Ashes always stays. This is hands down the best book I have ever listened to. Frank McCourt is brilliant in his narration and he brings every single character to life so you have a picture in your mind of what they looked like and even the expressions on the faces as they talk. I tell everyone I know to listen to this book, don't just read it because you miss so much. By listening, you can get the whole experience because when he reads to you, you can feel the emotions in his voice.
This book totally blew me away. It seemed as if the sweetness of Frank McCourt's voice had enchanted me and I couldn't get enough of it. The story is beautifully written and it'll make you cry and laugh, sometimes both at the same time. A wonderful book read in a soothing, yet not at all boring voice - you'll just eat it up. Kudos to the late Frank McCourt for the lovely story and narration.
This is a beautiful tale of one incredible life story. This tale offers so much in the ranges of emotion. You feel incredibly saddened, angry and humored all at the same time. McCourt's quasi-American/Irish accent makes the audio version a joy to listen to. Tis' a good book it is, Tis' some class of a well written memoir.
I am not very good at this; reviewing books, but I'll do my best. If I had to use one word: WOW!
I really liked this story. Not very often that I find a book that I don't want to end. I loved how the author read his book in authentic Irish accent and broke out in those little Irish songs.
My advice: get this book, read it. You will love it.
I was very glad the author narrated the book. The book is told from the author's point of view and he narrated his point of view well. As for the content, I agree with the reviewer who found the characters undeveloped. As I listened, I thought I was listening to someone remembering a bunch of unconnected events from age 3 to 17 (in chronological order). Moments of the book were interesting and very sad or sadly comic. But overall, I was disappointed and felt hammered over the head with the same things happening over and over (dad drunk again, mom doing nothing again, kids on the street again, Catholic confession again). Perhaps from a literary perspective, the repetition could be seen as reinforcing the tone and goal of the book. From a historical perspective, maybe it can be seen as a useful slice of life of very poor children (because of drunkenness & unwillingness to get a job) in that time period. But for me, I'm not into it.
If you love the dry humour and boyish charm of the narration...don't miss this memoir of an achingly-poor Irish family told by McCourt himself...it's "beyond the beyonds".
This book is amazing and I am now listening to it for the second time! Told in a somewhat humorist way, a sad story during a really sad time (during the depression years) I love the narrarator, makes the story come to life. It makes you feel like you are there seeing the whole thing.