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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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    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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    Janet Mcbee 12-27-15
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    🔹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
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    Blkgrrl48 12-26-15
    Blkgrrl48 12-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Enjoyable."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because it encompasses the human condition and one persons journey through it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angela's Ashes?

    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.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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!


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    William Moree 12-25-15

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    "Is that all?"

    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.

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    Rife 12-24-15
    Rife 12-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I heard about this book, but had never read it."

    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.

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    Sue 12-24-15
    Sue 12-24-15
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    "A must"

    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!

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    Yvette P. 12-23-15
    Yvette P. 12-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Moving."

    I loved the story and having it read by the author was even more special. This was both humorous and emotional. Worth every minute.

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    Jesse 12-10-15
    Jesse 12-10-15
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    "great book"

    everyone should read this book Frank is a great narrator great story can't wait to read part 2

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    katie Prairie Village, KS, United States 12-08-15
    katie Prairie Village, KS, United States 12-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Longtime listener, first review"

    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.

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    Richard J Helland GRANITE BAY, CA, US 12-07-15
    Richard J Helland GRANITE BAY, CA, US 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Rich, eye-opening view into culture and poverty. Outstanding characters."

    My favorite Audible. The reading performance is exceptional, greatly deepening the experience of hearing this incredible story.

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