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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

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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    Cranky 02-08-16
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    "Tears and Laughter"

    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.

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    Kat 02-04-16
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    "omg!"

    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?

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    Simone Spranger 02-03-16
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    "Great book "

    Hearing the story narrated by the author was the cherry on top! Couldn't "put it down".

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    Erin C 01-31-16
    Erin C 01-31-16
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    "Great!"

    This book is one of my all time favorite stories . Frank McCourt is a great story teller and him narrating his story was awesome.

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    Daniel 01-24-16
    Daniel 01-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing Book! Loved The Performance!"
    What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

    The performance of Angela's Ashes makes the characters come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angela's Ashes?

    The father coming home drunk from the bar and making the kids line up and say they would die for Ireland.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Especially liked the singing of his father's songs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Frankie "sinning" and then going to confession over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. One of my all time Audible favorite performances and stories. The book comes to life.

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    Barb Chrysler 01-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story and reading"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to the whole book without stopping


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    The Prophet of HR Wynnewood, PA United States 01-19-16
    The Prophet of HR Wynnewood, PA United States 01-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Nothing short of fantastic"

    Accurately captured the thought life of a boy growing up in difficult circumstances, the "normal" and the challenges. Performance is magnificent.

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    Amazon Customer 01-19-16
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    "Beautiful, honest writing"

    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.

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    Bill Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-18-16
    Bill Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "So Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    An enjoyable story that will continue to live long after it's finished.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank and all others


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful actor


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

    Made me feel deeply moved and entertained.


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    leslie 01-11-16
    leslie 01-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    beautifully written, beautifully read. Frank McCourt was truly gifted and I'm happy to have read his story and I'm looking forward to reading 'Tis

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