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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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    illustratedstyle 08-27-15

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    "Enjoyed Audio Version"

    Perhaps because it was read by the author I found it especially entertaining. Several hours long and at times very sad but also quite inspirational. I plan to listen to the follow up audiobook!

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    Jaworski Delta, BC, Canada 08-24-15
    Jaworski Delta, BC, Canada 08-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb!"

    One of the best books I've ever read!
    Must read for every Irish in the first place and then for everyone else...
    Author reading himself - an extra treat.
    Should be refreshing for clergy...

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    Nicole Blair 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliantly performed by the author."
    Would you listen to Angela's Ashes again? Why?

    yes, so well read and such a compelling story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank obviously


    Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

    Frank


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but too long for that


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I grew up in Ireland myself. So descriptive and so well performed. I loved it!

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    thanhkim 08-16-15
    thanhkim 08-16-15
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    "Depth of characters, history, and culture"
    Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In its genre, one of the top. It clearly captures life as it is... and one learns a lot about the cultural struggles of Ireland in the process.


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    Gail 08-14-15
    Gail 08-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Growing up Irish"
    What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

    The two things I loved best was that Frank McCourt narrated his own story, and his story was his memoir. Frank has the gift of painting imaginary pictures with words - I could envision every part of his interesting childhood and commend him and his siblings from drawing on these character builders to become very successful.


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

    Apart from the people in Franks life the most memorable part of the story are the conditions that his family lived in and the inability of his father to care for large periods of time.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    I loved Frank's dry wit and that he narrated completely funny and hilarious situations with the same 'straight' face.


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

    His mom moved me in many circumstances. When she was sitting having a cigarette one time, it made me wonder if smoking made her feel like that was the only connection to a fond memory that she had, or one of the few pleasures in her life - how sad if smoking is your only rare pleasure.


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    Paula 08-10-15
    Paula 08-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One if the great reads of my life."

    Hearing the author read it brought Angela's Ashes to life better than any film could hope to do.

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    reeya 08-08-15
    reeya 08-08-15
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    "A very nice read"

    Narrator was awesome. I loved the way he presented himself as a child, couldn't be more genuine and adorable.

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    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 07-06-15
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful listen"

    Charming, delightful, witty, sad, melodramatic, maudlin.... just not enough adjectives to encompass the range of emotions in this incredible memoir.

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    John 07-01-15
    John 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredibly funny and tragic book."

    Amazing book which I kept replaying through my mind during the day when I wasn't listening to the reading by Frank McCourt. Frank's book and reading helped me to recall things my Irish grand pa would say when I was a young child 50 some years ago. It is amazing to me the level of humor the Irish produce in the presence of incredible misery.

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    Heather Salazar 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read"

    McCort gives an excellent point of view on what it was like for him to grow up in Ireland. Humor, sadness, and often feeling like I was a fly on the wall in his home.

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