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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

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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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    "One of my favorites"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It had me laughing out loud on one page and crying on the next. It is very simply but brilliantly written.

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    T Nicolette 11-13-15
    T Nicolette 11-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful read!"

    An incredible story enhanced by the performance of the author. Kept my attention and entertained the whole time. Absolutely wonderful!

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    Susan 11-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "One of my all time favorites by an amazing writer!"
    What made the experience of listening to Angela's Ashes the most enjoyable?

    Frank McCourt reading his own work. I don't think anyone else could do it as well.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    His lovely accent, his enthusiasm at every stage of his life and the lives of the other people in his world. He did a great job being the voice of the others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. It's hilariously funny in parts and I honestly believe humor made his life bearable. I can vividly remember laughing out loud at times. But it's horribly sad as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't tell you the number of times I've listened to this book. I first read the print version but the audio is so much better. Most audiobooks seem to bring stories more to life in my experience.This is a truly wonderful story.Frank McCourt was a master storyteller.

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    Terri 11-08-15
    Terri 11-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book... An Even Better Audiobook"
    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, comical, and tragic all at once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I read the story years ago, I thought it was a great book, but there were some major differences. First, I don't think I enjoyed the humor to the same degree as I did listing to Frank McCourt tell his story like no one else could. Also, I was not inspired to move onto the second book in the written form, but I couldn't wait to download it after listening to Angela's Ashes... and I am enjoying it just as much.

    Bravo, Frank McCourt!


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    ProfGolf 11-01-15
    ProfGolf 11-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A real performance."

    The story is an unrelenting saga of the indignities of poverty. But it is read so movingly by the author that it has real emotional power. I don't know if this would come across in print. But it's as good an audio book performance as I've ever heard. Recommended for anyone with feelings.

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    dave2782 10-20-15
    dave2782 10-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the Best!!"

    This book is great, I really felt like I was walking on the streets of Limerick with Mr McCourt. I truly felt like I was listening to a story being told by a young boy no an older man. You could still hear the innocents in his voice as he laid out the story. He really give you the since of how bad things were in the thirties during the Great Depression. You feel the people's pains and hardships as if you are experiencing them for yourself.

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    Michelle Pierce 09-17-15
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    "A Unique Pulitzer"
    What made the experience of listening to Angela's Ashes the most enjoyable?

    I love Frank McCourt's narration. He artfully writes from the perspective and skill level of the age of the writer, whether he is 5 or 10 or 19.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Pat is wonderful He's everything that Frank's own father isn't. He's hardworking, fully Irish, kind hearted and a victim in his own way. I LOVE when he says "I don't give a fidilly fart". You'd have to have that attitude to get through that life.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    My favorite is the way he says he knows what the right thing to do in every situation is, BUT... then leads into why he isn't going to do that. Something about the way he says 'but' cracked me up every time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A lovely story of survival against all odds.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be so hard to capture in a film. Most of the story is written and narrated from the point of Frank at the age that it happened to him.

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    DEMO Records California 09-03-15
    DEMO Records California 09-03-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Transported and transformed"

    There are not proper words to justify this audiobook. As I type this review through my tears, all I can say is "listen and learn!"

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    illustratedstyle 08-27-15

    Kim LaFleur

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    "Enjoyed Audio Version"

    Perhaps because it was read by the author I found it especially entertaining. Several hours long and at times very sad but also quite inspirational. I plan to listen to the follow up audiobook!

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    Jaworski Delta, BC, Canada 08-24-15
    Jaworski Delta, BC, Canada 08-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb!"

    One of the best books I've ever read!
    Must read for every Irish in the first place and then for everyone else...
    Author reading himself - an extra treat.
    Should be refreshing for clergy...

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