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Angela's Ashes | [Frank McCourt]

Angela's Ashes

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: People have called this a sad book. I imagine those are people who read it with their eyes instead of hearing Frank McCourt narrate his story. Those who listen hear the ecstasy in McCourt's exclamations over a piece of bread and an egg and the humor with which he dealt with hardships. Listeners are enveloped by McCourt's brogue, occasional songs, and his joyful spirit. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

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).

©1997 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Brendon FRESNO, CA, United States 12-22-10
    Brendon FRESNO, CA, United States 12-22-10
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    "Great Book, Terrible Quality"

    I wont go into details but the book is very good and the audio quality is very bad and I'm not sure why because its not like its such a large book that needed to be compressed into a low quality audio file.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 12-09-10
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Excellent, A Must Have!"

    Wonderful, a must have for any library. Beautifully written and read by the author this is a story rich with poignancy and is a true literary triumph. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a story about human conquest and perseverance with a twist of humor. McCourt has a way of questioning the questionable aspects of life, dogma and social construct. From 5 year old's concrete wonder to an adolescents struggle with conformity and moral versus natural desire.

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    Ruben Moreno 06-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome"

    I've listened to many a audio book. This book was awesome. A little slow at first but boy did it pick up. I found myself laughing out loud and then 5 minutes later I'd have tears in my eyes. A must listen.

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    M Sacramento, CA, USA 06-17-10
    M Sacramento, CA, USA 06-17-10
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    "Stupid, depressing, and self indulgent"

    The only thing worse than this trite tale of woe is to hear McCourt's flat voice reciting it. Do yourself a favor and avoid this. After about an hour of listening to this, you'll want to shoot him and/or yourself.

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    06-02-10
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    "Lovely story"

    It sounds and feels real. I'm left with a real sense of the time and place and what it must have been like to live in that kind of grinding poverty. Cheer Frankie on as he rises above and out of it!

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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 04-26-10
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 04-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "What a story"

    My wife read it, my mother read it, and all my cousins read it. They all said you have to read this book. As my mother and father were the same age as McCort and she recalled the difficult times as they grew up in Ireland. It was a very funny and very sad story. Just when it got too sad he made you laugh. An excellent read for all. Even more if you are from Ireland.

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    Nathan Pasadena, CA, USA 09-06-09
    Nathan Pasadena, CA, USA 09-06-09
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    "Songs in Text sung by McCourt"

    Wonderfully revealing. The audio is great. McCourt has many songs and poems in his work that he sings as he narrates. Listening to the audio mimics sitting down for tea with McCourt and listening to him tell his story. Amazing.

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    elanna allen 08-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Fabulous"

    Fabulous to hear Frank McCourt recounting his own life. This audio book adds so much to the the written book.

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    M. OKANE Torrance, CA USA 07-29-09
    M. OKANE Torrance, CA USA 07-29-09 Member Since 2009

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    "McCourt's legacy"

    Sad that Frank McCourt has left us. But what a beautiful legacy he gave us--this audio version, read by, no, dramatized by himself. Half-way through, I savor every tale!

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    Deidre ALEXANDRIA, LA, United States 07-24-09
    Deidre ALEXANDRIA, LA, United States 07-24-09 Listener Since 2003
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    "In Memory..."

    In memory of Frank McCourt, I listened to this wonderful work of literature again this week. Frank McCourt was a talented writer and speaker that brought the realities of of an Irish Catholic childhood to life in Angela's Ashes. His perseverance amongst extreme poverty should be an inspiration to all. You will want to drop to your knees in thanksgiving for all you have after listening to this novel. If all young people were to listen to this novel, just think of what a different world it would be. I'll miss you Frankie... Rest in peace.

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