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).
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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)
Frank McCourt's narration is mesmerizing... makes you love Frankie like a son or brother and care about each day of his family's life as it plays out through desperate poverty. This reading is a window into how Irish Catholic honor and shame blanket every detail of individual, familial, community life. This is one of the best listens I've heard.
My favorite Audible. The reading performance is exceptional, greatly deepening the experience of hearing this incredible story.
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.
A hopeless book lover
Frank McCourt reading his own work. I don't think anyone else could do it as well.
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.
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.
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.
Engaging, comical, and tragic all at once.
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!
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.
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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