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.
©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.
"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)
and a penny for your thoughts
Angela's Ashes is a book that changes you. It feels more like an experience than reading a book. It's impossible to just read about McCourt's characters, you become involved. You care - and the story stays with you like the memory of relationships with people you have loved.
I wont go into details but the book is very good and the audio quality is very bad and I'm not sure why because its not like its such a large book that needed to be compressed into a low quality audio file.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Wonderful, a must have for any library. Beautifully written and read by the author this is a story rich with poignancy and is a true literary triumph. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a story about human conquest and perseverance with a twist of humor. McCourt has a way of questioning the questionable aspects of life, dogma and social construct. From 5 year old's concrete wonder to an adolescents struggle with conformity and moral versus natural desire.
I've listened to many a audio book. This book was awesome. A little slow at first but boy did it pick up. I found myself laughing out loud and then 5 minutes later I'd have tears in my eyes. A must listen.
The only thing worse than this trite tale of woe is to hear McCourt's flat voice reciting it. Do yourself a favor and avoid this. After about an hour of listening to this, you'll want to shoot him and/or yourself.
It sounds and feels real. I'm left with a real sense of the time and place and what it must have been like to live in that kind of grinding poverty. Cheer Frankie on as he rises above and out of it!
My wife read it, my mother read it, and all my cousins read it. They all said you have to read this book. As my mother and father were the same age as McCort and she recalled the difficult times as they grew up in Ireland. It was a very funny and very sad story. Just when it got too sad he made you laugh. An excellent read for all. Even more if you are from Ireland.
Wonderfully revealing. The audio is great. McCourt has many songs and poems in his work that he sings as he narrates. Listening to the audio mimics sitting down for tea with McCourt and listening to him tell his story. Amazing.
Sad that Frank McCourt has left us. But what a beautiful legacy he gave us--this audio version, read by, no, dramatized by himself. Half-way through, I savor every tale!
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