I loved hearing Frank McCourt read this book. I also bought 'Tis and Teacher Man. I listened to all three in a row and just ordered the DVD about the McCourt brothers in America. More often, a book bores me after twenty minutes. Less often, it holds my attention. All his books held my attention.
The book was good, the audiobook is great! The book is read by the author -- which always makes books better, but with the Irish brogue from the author, it makes it a GEM. This is my all-time favorite audiobook, and I'm not even Irish. It's a great story, a great piece of history, a great autobiography, a great audio story.
Great writing. Tedious story. Not much happens chapter after chapter. Alcoholic, deadbeat father doing same irresponsible things again and again. Family poverty that never changes. Humorous at times. Poignant at others. If you enjoy stories about daily struggles, you will enjoy this. If you like more plot, skip it.
There were so many scenes that were disgusting to me-- dang, I wish someone had given me a heads up before I bought this! It really angered me!
My paternal grandfather was from Ireland (Cork) and so I liked hearing about Frank's experience growing up there. Also.....his narration was great...just great!
How Frank tried to keep his head above water in a world where poverty was pulling on his legs trying to drown him and his mother, just barely able to cope, was little help to him.
Everything....his accent brings it to life and as he is retelling his own experiences, he often reads like he is telling us a story rather than reading from a book.
When his aunt bought him new clothes for his job. Also Paddy Clohessy and the fact that he is even more poverty stricken than Frankie is moving.
This is one of those books I have listened to more than once. When Frank McCourt passed away, I heard the news on TV and thought "that voice has been silenced forever, how sad". I loved this book so much and felt like I was drawn into his world with it than when he really died, I was sad and felt like I lost someone I knew.
Yes and as soon as I finished the book I started it again.
Frank McCort - he brings his story to life. The description of his childhood and the struggles his family endoured. He learned from his father and achieved his goal.
again - Frank McCort - he brings his story to life.
I cried and laughed many times through out the book.
Fantastic book. I am so happy I read it.
Frank McCourt's narration is just so hilarious, by far the best narration of any audiobook ever. It's always better if the author himself can read his work, and in this case, it is so, so good. Frank, I think I love you.
Really captures the essence of life - sad, funny and beautiful. My favorite quote - "I'd like to be a saint but if that's what it takes I think I'll just stay the way I am."
Frankie, of course. I wanted to know more about what happened after coming to America, and what happen with Malachy. Research commence.
Every. Single. Moment.
If you don't listen to this book you are seriously missing out.
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I have never read a more amazing memoir. McCourt can rip your heart out in one paragraph and make you laugh out loud in the next. This heartbreaking story of poverty in America, then Ireland opens readers' eyes to how a young, innocent boy perceives his piteous life of hunger, prejudice, and loss as perfectly normal. The family struggles to survive, but the loving father's alcoholism and eventual desertion reduces the mother to humiliation and begging and the children to shame and theft. Siblings die; siblings survive. Harsh, judgmental relatives refuse to help. Frank and his brothers make their way in a skewed world where Catholicism causes more guilt and misery than offers comfort.
So where's the humor? you may ask. Everywhere in their world where the abnormal is normal.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. That the author narrates the story of his own life makes it all the more touching.
As I said for the second volume of Frank McCourt's memoir, 'Tis, this book is incredibly moving, blatantly honest, and delightful to the last drop. Not only do you get the joy of hearing an author read his own book, but this particular author has the gift of the voice as well as of the pen, and adds even more emotion to his narration.
First, with Frank McCourt reading his memoir, there is an added air of authenticity to his memories and stories. Second, the way he creates the local denizens of his neighborhoods into excellent characters by interacting with them and not over-describing them is refreshing. It is their relationship with "Frankie" that brings the others in this first-person narrative alive, not just his descriptions of them. Finally, his ability to express his internal thoughts, feelings, angst, and frequent consternation is wonderful and developmentally appropriate for the different ages he traverses. When he is five he sounds like he is five; when he is 15 he sounds like he is 15.
My favorite character is Frankie because he is a lad who had no breaks and continues to plod along and succeed.
First, I love his accent. Second, his cadence and intonation provide excellent pacing for the story. Finally, his tone of voice was able to impart wit, humor, irritation, frustration, and irony I am not sure would have been as clearly evident with the written word alone.
When his young sister dies in New York... very sad.
I have enjoyed this work so much I have listened to it several times.