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J. Elkins

TElkins

Chicago, IL United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Well written and well read"
    Overall

    Frank McCourt continues the narrative of his life begun with "Angela's Ashes." His reading of the book adds a whole new dimension to the printed page, as he mimics the voices and accents of the people he quotes and adopts a slightly bemused and detached tone to some of the darker passages, giving a greater complexity of meaning.
    The last quarter of the book reads more like an epilogue. The stories become more fragmented, the character descriptions more circumspect and less insightful. All in all, however, I found the book a good read and difficult to put down. It was almost as good as "Angela's Ashes."

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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