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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

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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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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    Melissa Woodland Hills, CA, USA 05-22-03
    Melissa Woodland Hills, CA, USA 05-22-03 Member Since 2003
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    "My take on Angela's Ashes"

    I don't think this story could have been told better by anyone than this fabulous, funny, sensitive, tell it like it is, writer - the second I finished it I wanted more, and got it with 'Tis..I'm in the middle of 'Tis and can't put it down either!! Is Angela's Ashes one of the most engrossing books ever??? 'Tis....

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    karen k packard 03-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Angela's Ashes (unabridged)"

    The book gives a real glimpse into life in Ireland and the problems the Mc Court family faced. I appreciated hearing the songs too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hal York Rhode Island 01-08-10
    Hal York Rhode Island 01-08-10 Member Since 2008

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    "6 Stars, if I were able to"

    Frank McCourt is one of my favorite story tellers. The account of his life growing up in a poor Irish family is filled with moments of sadness as well as passages that will tickle your funnybone. But the best part of this audiobook is listening to the man tell the stories. His Irish brogue and his way of interpreting the world through the eyes of a young boy combine to make Angela's Ashes one of my favorite audiobooks.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    workingmom Tulsa 02-08-07
    workingmom Tulsa 02-08-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Listening adds so much!"

    I started to listen to the book, but then bought a paper copy half way through. (Sometimes you want re-read a section, tough to do on a MP3 player). I enjoyed the spoken version so much more, than if I had just read the book. The songs and pronunciations were lost on me on the page, but the audio version brought them to life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley New York, NY, USA 12-13-07
    Stanley New York, NY, USA 12-13-07
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    "Double your pleasure"

    I'm sitting here having just finished listening to the book, trying to organize my thoughts for this quick review. It's tough, though, as McCourt's lyrical prose -- and masterful narration -- are ringing so loudly in my head that everything else is eclipsed.

    I can guarantee, absolutely, you won't be disappointed in the time you invest to sit through ANGELA'S ASHES (unless, of course, you're from the north, or some kind of a presbyterian).

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Taylorsville, UT, USA 08-21-06
    Josh Taylorsville, UT, USA 08-21-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissapointing"

    I selected this book because I thought I was going to be moved by human courage and strength to overcome great odds. This book had great potential to move the reader, however about half way through and clear up until the end, the book shifted and the author got caught up in the "excitement" of "wanking" (i.e., masturbation). This felt like such a disservice to the reader.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-25-03
    John Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-25-03
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    "Angela's Ashes"

    If you have "Read" the book,or if you havn't,the lilting Irish brogue offered here is a must listen.The narration by the author extends, to the listener, more than just words, feelings and emotion captivate the moments of the author's hard life in Limerick, Ireland.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-12-15
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "I'm Torn on This Rating"

    Great writing. Tedious story. Not much happens chapter after chapter. Alcoholic, deadbeat father doing same irresponsible things again and again. Family poverty that never changes. Humorous at times. Poignant at others. If you enjoy stories about daily struggles, you will enjoy this. If you like more plot, skip it.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Muravyav USA 11-29-14
    Martin Muravyav USA 11-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Frank McCourt, what a guy!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Angela's Ashes the most enjoyable?

    My paternal grandfather was from Ireland (Cork) and so I liked hearing about Frank's experience growing up there. Also.....his narration was great...just great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Frank tried to keep his head above water in a world where poverty was pulling on his legs trying to drown him and his mother, just barely able to cope, was little help to him.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    Everything....his accent brings it to life and as he is retelling his own experiences, he often reads like he is telling us a story rather than reading from a book.


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

    When his aunt bought him new clothes for his job. Also Paddy Clohessy and the fact that he is even more poverty stricken than Frankie is moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I have listened to more than once. When Frank McCourt passed away, I heard the news on TV and thought "that voice has been silenced forever, how sad". I loved this book so much and felt like I was drawn into his world with it than when he really died, I was sad and felt like I lost someone I knew.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 03-27-13
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Pulitzer Prize winner - totally justified!"

    It's so wonderful to find myself agreeing with the masses and loving something that the "powers that be" found worthy of such a lofty honor as a Pulitzer Prize. So many times I've taken the bait of an "award winner" only to be bitterly disappointed in the end. There's something about the old-fashioned, whimsical yet heartbreaking truths in this memoir that really touched me in a way that few books ever have. I laughed, almost cried (that would take a miracle), and just lost myself in the world of the U.S. and Ireland in the early 20th century. The tragedy, the hardships, the triumphs are expressed in a way that made me truly care about the people - that rarely happens for me and I really love when a book can take me there. There are so many things to appreciate about this book - you just need to use your credit on it and see for yourself.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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