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)
🔹The story was great. Very real which that's what I wanted. The ending is a little abrupt, maybe, after mentioning America so many times, and he ends up in some kind of bar/brothel ... and then . At least he's with a priest to get him to a better place. The ending is why I only gave ❄❄❄❄ instead of
I would recommend this book to a friend because it encompasses the human condition and one persons journey through it.
The most memorable moments of Angela's Ashes were the conditions in which the family had to live, their tragedies, and their indoctrinated blind faith in a higher being which caused more problems than it solved.
To me, Frank McCourt's performance added a sense of personality because it actually WAS him that lived it. It was very well done and narrated beautifully.
I did have one extreme reaction to the book and that was laughing at how the author thought (as a boy) when he interacted with adults. THAT bought back memories of me wanting to ask questions, but didn't because I knew the result if I did!
When the story came to an end, it caught me off guard. I thought "it can't be over already!" I want to keep going, to follow the characters on.
The audible performance is perfect.
The story unfolds in unexpected and beautifully written ways, filled with telling detail. There is not a false note in the whole story.
I'm going to listen again.
It took me some time to get around to this book, but I loved it. It was so detailed about the living conditions in Ireland for the poorest living in a small town. Shocking stories of how some of the diseases and childhood mortality were somehow accepted by families year after year.
I enjoyed listening to the author read his book too because you know he spoke it with inner personal knowledge of the stories he told.
Good listening, especially if you are a fan of historical novels.
The audio version is hands down the only way to 'consume' this book. Frank's accent and even his singing of all those old Irish songs are 'music' to my ears.
I originally listened on cassette, so I'm very pleased to have the digital version for my bookshelf!
The love in this story really balances out the strife. All his other books are worth your time and money too! We are so lucky to have had his writing and life in our time!
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.
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