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.
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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)
The priests comforting Frankie at age 16
I liked his voice and the way it made the story seem authentic
Yes and I did stay up way to late 2 nights in a row trying to do so
I am hoping for a sequel, I would love to meet the adult Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt definitely made listening to this book more enjoyable. He made every character come alive. He made me laugh and made me cry. I enjoyed the book very much I just did not see the end coming at all and then it was over. Left me a little speechless and feeling a wee bit cheated. I would definitely recommend this book though. Just expect it to end at any time. :)
Painful, Hillarious, Honest
The perspective of life in a town in Ireland as seen by a young boy. The events that take place could devastate anyone, but through the eyes of a child who knows no other life, they gain the immediacy of a mind which has yet to develop it's filters.
I adored this performance! His accent and how he portrays each character with both humor and sensitivity made this book come alive.
I've had a hard copy of this book for many years, but for some reason never picked it up and read it. I had heard that it was sad, and I wasn't interested in sad. What I hadn't heard was how funny it is, too. I mean, laugh out loud funny. Laugh till you cry funny. And then you just cry, because it's so very sad, too.
Yes, although it is such a desperate situation that the narrator is in, it is uplifting, funny and pretty raw in it's descriptions.
Narration and portrait of life in the slums of Ireland.
No but I enjoyed every minute of it.
Childhood Irish poverty
and these were the ones who survived
McCort's colorful prose makes this tragic story funny and palatable.
No, the story just seemed to go on and on and never really said much.
No, just doesn't appeal to me at this time.
Frank McCourt reading his Angela's Ashes is what an audio book is all about. In this case, the audio is even better than the paper version. From his narration, to dialogue, to his singing of childhood ditties, this is a mesermizing and captivating performance, as well as a terrific book. The movie was ok, the book was good, but this audio is GREAT! Probably one of the best one's I've ever listened to.
I couldn't finish this one. I was really quite bored. I wanted to enjoy it and make it to the end but gave up about 1/2 way through part 2.
Frank McCourt does a wonderful job narrating and giving the characters their own voices, I imagine from his own memory. It's amazing.
I love his accent - it makes the memoir so authentic.
I laughed and cried and loved every single minute.
This is my new favorite book.
The story and reading performance of Angela's Ashes were mesmerizing. I was taken into the world of the author and the details made me feel right at home. I liked it so much I got another of the same author's books and am listening to it now, as I walk.
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