Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Wonderful, a must have for any library. Beautifully written and read by the author this is a story rich with poignancy and is a true literary triumph. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a story about human conquest and perseverance with a twist of humor. McCourt has a way of questioning the questionable aspects of life, dogma and social construct. From 5 year old's concrete wonder to an adolescents struggle with conformity and moral versus natural desire.
I've listened to many a audio book. This book was awesome. A little slow at first but boy did it pick up. I found myself laughing out loud and then 5 minutes later I'd have tears in my eyes. A must listen.
The only thing worse than this trite tale of woe is to hear McCourt's flat voice reciting it. Do yourself a favor and avoid this. After about an hour of listening to this, you'll want to shoot him and/or yourself.
It sounds and feels real. I'm left with a real sense of the time and place and what it must have been like to live in that kind of grinding poverty. Cheer Frankie on as he rises above and out of it!
My wife read it, my mother read it, and all my cousins read it. They all said you have to read this book. As my mother and father were the same age as McCort and she recalled the difficult times as they grew up in Ireland. It was a very funny and very sad story. Just when it got too sad he made you laugh. An excellent read for all. Even more if you are from Ireland.
Wonderfully revealing. The audio is great. McCourt has many songs and poems in his work that he sings as he narrates. Listening to the audio mimics sitting down for tea with McCourt and listening to him tell his story. Amazing.
Sad that Frank McCourt has left us. But what a beautiful legacy he gave us--this audio version, read by, no, dramatized by himself. Half-way through, I savor every tale!
In memory of Frank McCourt, I listened to this wonderful work of literature again this week. Frank McCourt was a talented writer and speaker that brought the realities of of an Irish Catholic childhood to life in Angela's Ashes. His perseverance amongst extreme poverty should be an inspiration to all. You will want to drop to your knees in thanksgiving for all you have after listening to this novel. If all young people were to listen to this novel, just think of what a different world it would be. I'll miss you Frankie... Rest in peace.
I loved listening to the narrator, but I found the book painful to listen to. It was SOO depressing to think of the hard, hard life the narrator and his brothers endured. Wish it wasn't an autobiography.