Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 1997
National Book Critics Circle, Biography/Autobiography, 1997
Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks of a classic. Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. Angela's Ashes is the story of how Frank endured - wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father - a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.
Listen to Frank McCourt talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (7/11/97).
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"Frank McCourt is a marvelous writer whose words are made all the better when he reads them aloud..." (Bookpage)
"...one of the best I've heard in years." (The Boston Globe)
"...so good it deserves a sequel" (The New York Times)
I took another reviewer's suggestion to not be put off by the enormous tragedy in Frank McCourt's story because of the humanity that is revealed. I cried and I laughed as I listened to Frankie tell his story. A candid description of a great class of people with their pettiness and magnanimity. How Frank and his brothers survived had to be "by the Grace of God". A great listen...highly recommend. Look forward to his next audible...'Tis.
I'm in love with the narrator's voice. the story, is so incredible. memoirs narrated by the writer are probably my favorite genre. but mr. mccourt... wows me! I love his use of repetition to drive the humor in or the point down... I laughed, cried, gagged, and just couldn't stop until I was done. I'm so glad I can listen to this over and over. I'm thinking in Frank's voice. I can't wait to dive into his other books. and I can't wait to make this one of my Pulitzer choices for the year in my book club. why have I waited so long to read this?
The performance of Angela's Ashes makes the characters come alive.
The father coming home drunk from the bar and making the kids line up and say they would die for Ireland.
Everything! Especially liked the singing of his father's songs.
Frankie "sinning" and then going to confession over and over again.
Loved this book. One of my all time Audible favorite performances and stories. The book comes to life.
I wanted to listen to the whole book without stopping
the story paired with the voice was great - really enjoyed it - listening to stories of Frank's challenges growing up made me think of how easy we have it now - even though at times it might seem tough - seeing the world through the child's eyes was a great perspective
Accurately captured the thought life of a boy growing up in difficult circumstances, the "normal" and the challenges. Performance is magnificent.
This is a beautiful book that will stay with me for a long time. It is a chronicle of relentless hardships, but I think it is a little more than that - through the eyes of a child, you catch a glimpse of fleeting moments of happiness. It is book of sadness, but it is not a depressing book. It is a book of growing up. In several places, you would be reminded of your childhood. For instance, the description of getting to know about sex and the adults forever hinting that it is a dirty thing, would resonate with many readers.
A word about the audiobook in particular - the narration is outstanding. As others have also pointed out, hearing the story in Frank's accent is an absolute delight. Thank you Frank for writing and reading this story for us.
An enjoyable story that will continue to live long after it's finished.
Frank and all others
Made me feel deeply moved and entertained.
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