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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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    strawberry Hotlanta 01-08-16
    strawberry Hotlanta 01-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    i hated for it to end. i really enjoyed his story. I will probably listen again and buy the follow-up book. The narrator was great

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    Jennifer Rodriguez 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    ove it, it has everything...sadness, comedy, and drama. loved the reader hekeeps u interested in the story.

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    Barbara 01-06-16
    Barbara 01-06-16
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    "One of the best"

    I read this book in print, then listened to it on audio tape. And once saw I saw it on Audible had to buy it yet again!. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book.

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    SPW 01-05-16
    SPW 01-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Sad -- but sincere, authentic & belevable"

    Frank is an endearing child/teenager. I find it difficult to truly comprehend the depth of disappointment & lack of overall care that he (& many) faced in childhood. Endearing from the heart of a child as the reader "peaks" into his thoughts & wondering as he grew & facing much sadness & adversity. His story is well told in this book. I look forward to reading the next 2 books which Frank McCourt wrote to reveal more of his life story as he grows into a young, then fully grown, man.

    WELL-DONE!

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    Bethany 01-05-16
    Bethany 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful! Beautifully read and written!!!"

    Frank McCourt brings joy and authenticity to the story of his childhood in Ireland. I think having the writer narrate what they have written makes the listener feel what he feels and take each step in their shoes. Loved it!

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    Margaret P. Johnson Palm City, FL United States 01-02-16
    Margaret P. Johnson Palm City, FL United States 01-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Frank McCourt"

    Frank is a fascinating author .... His humor in telling of his upbringing in Ireland is great . Loved that he narrated it

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    terrill 01-01-16
    terrill 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful audiobook"
    Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top three audiobooks I have heard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank of course, the book is him and everyone else just makes the story


    Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

    The twins, made me so sad when they died.


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

    very much so. We take so much for granted in our generation. My parents told stories of the depression in America, but never to this level of poverty


    Any additional comments?

    Having the author perform the book really makes it special. The songs, stories, etc. It does go on and on a bit, but there also is humor and escape.

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    larue 12-31-15
    larue 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved how the author was so transparent and accurate. The story shows how different children were treated back then and in that depressed area of the world. It shows how much more civilized we are as a people now.
    It was painful to hear some of the ways people treated one another. They were just people just like the rest of us. They were so poor and their circumstances were horrendous.
    Men! Wow! Could it be any more obvious that men ruled the world? Thank god that is changing too!
    I recommend this book to all young people. They need to appreciate how far society has come and we all need to help better the circumstances for the poor.
    I hope there's a sequel!

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    Debbie 12-29-15
    Debbie 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it from start to finish!"

    I laughed and laughed at some of his humor. Such a talked story teller and narrator. Will be looking for more from this author.

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    Amazon Customer Long Beach, CA 12-29-15
    Amazon Customer Long Beach, CA 12-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Charmed me

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    "My favorite book"

    A wonderful memoir - I highly recommend listening to 'Tis as well as this book.

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