Its good that this is read by the author himself. There are times in the book where I feel like, if I were him, I would just give up. Beautifully performed are marvelously written.
I read the book when it first came out and while I thought it an excellent story, I also found it dark and a little depressing. What a surprise to experience the audio version of this book! Frank McCourt does an exemplary job of bringing his characters and story to life. The humor is sometimes subtle and I missed too much of it in my own reading. This is unfortunate because he finds humor in so many places - childish misunderstandings of the adult world, the matter-of-factness with which religious and political beliefs are held, the quirky characters that make this world go round. I've listened to more than a hundred audio books and this narration is my favorite.
Yes! This a a recommended audiobook. I have not read nor seen the movie "Angela's Ashes" and I don't know if the movie would do it justice. Listening to McCourt read his own words brought me right into the story. This was a perfect depiction of the Depression as it effected the United States and Ireland. I laughed and cried.
The characters all had different means of survival. The children would steal to get a meal, the father drink, and Angela wound up in her feelings of being overwhelmed and in despair.
Himself - Frankie.
The struggle that Frank had with religion was quite moving. He turned his back on St. Francis and then realized he truly needed him.
Love a good story and will read just about anything except Sci-Fi, Supernatural/Zombie/Vampire novels. Not snobby--don't enjoy them.
You will laugh and you will cry, but you will never forget this book or this writer! I have over 800 titles in my library, and this is one of the ten best!
I have listened to this book more than once because I delight in McCourt's Irish accent and story telling! You will be laughing and crying both as he tells of his desperate childhood with incredibly amusing anecdotes.
So many memorable moments. His struggles with poverty, the neglect of the father, and more all create the desperation of the Irish who immigrated to the US.
Since I am a high school teacher, listening to "Teacher Man" was so much fun for me. His stories of his students ring true today, decades later! Kids will be kids! Once again, McCourt's Irish story telling magic makes the listening so entertaining.
I was frustrated with the family's desperationg, but I was laughing throughout the story! You will be too!
The best thing about this audiobook is the narration. The narrator does a good job at the characters he is meant to portray. That is why I originally gave four stars. It is believable and make the story enjoyable. I have to say, however, the narration could get a little monotone. This is prominent in parts of the story that languish around a dead horse.
The story is still quite pleasing. There are moments in the tale that actually made me laugh out loud.
The Good: this should be the standard for an author-read audiobook. McCourt is wonderful to listen to. First half is a wonderfully recounted tale of his early childhood, good and bad.
The Bad: There's a reason our sex lives are meant to be private; the story is definitely impaired by McCourt recounting every experience (solo and not) he ever had.
Then there's "Honor thy Mother": the book probably would have been a little short of Pulitzer class if it hadn't built to a climax around his issues with his mother's infidelity - does that make it worth it to have exposed her so to the world?
The Mixed: if you listen to this book, afterward it's interesting to get the dissenting perspective from the citizens of Limerick (google and you will find), where they say it ain't necessarily so. McCourt is a story-teller, the son of a story-teller, after all. Does make the tale richer and more realistic than just the author's telling of it.
The Perplexing: it fascinates me that McCourt can describe a world bathed in Catholicism and yet largely untouched by it. Not sure how much of that is just his own issues and how much was pervasive among the people he grew up with.
The narrator (Frank McCourt)
The story took me through every emotion possible - heartache, humor, anger, happiness...
My favorite scene was every occasion when young Frank McCourt gives his view on life which is formed from the preaching of all the Irish/Catholic adults in his daily world.
It was too long, it took me weeks to finish listening and I was losing interest.
I have not.
No, it was not worth all of the length of time it took to complete the listening.
It makes you appreciate having the basic necessities of life. It was somewhat depressing at times and very long to listen to.
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una historia de la vida real que nos sirve de inspiracion, para valorar el esfuerzo de una madre en la crianza de sus hijos.
claro que frank, pero también angela, frank es muy observador y desea ayudar a su famillia.
prefiero realizar una evaluacion leyendo yo mismo y no a traves del relato en audio, ya que se vuelve tedioso cuando el narrador repite
En parte si, pero considero demasiado larga la narracion, y se vuelve tediosa para escucharla, para que la persona que escucha una historia, y debe hacer un analisis de ella, considero que debe ser menor el tiempo.
me llama la atención que las personas de la historia le dan importancia a la religion, a la mutua ayuda entre ellos para solucionar sus problemas