We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

Regular Price:$47.20
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (4733 )
5 star
 (3170)
4 star
 (946)
3 star
 (356)
2 star
 (158)
1 star
 (103)
Overall
4.5 (3315 )
5 star
 (2250)
4 star
 (662)
3 star
 (230)
2 star
 (98)
1 star
 (75)
Story
4.7 (3319 )
5 star
 (2616)
4 star
 (468)
3 star
 (130)
2 star
 (59)
1 star
 (46)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lauren Barakauskas 06-10-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrific storyteller"

    Listening to Frank McCourt tell his story is very special. His presentation adds wit and color to what alone is a tragic upbringing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    nora 06-02-15
    nora 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome"

    Absolutely loved listening to this book feeling better since authors reading it you definitely wouldn't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    stephen kirkham 05-22-15 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    A wonderful story and truly amazing reading. No one but the actual frank could have done it justice. Ach ach

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    chad tallent 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "love thy author"

    i have read the book before. now after listening to the real frank mccourt tell is story with his accent brings the story a whole new life. great story of poverty and triumph. i highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew 05-10-15
    Andrew 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wish I could have a pint with Frank McCourt"

    He's my favorite author and I love hearing him read his memoirs aloud. I recommend this book as well as Tis and Teacherman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve Pennock 05-06-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb narration"

    The story itself is quite compelling, but having it read by the author himself to emphasize the words and phrases in his own way, adds a unique and incomparable dimension. It literally brings the story to life, as if Frank McCourt were sitting across the table and telling you the story of his early life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jacob 05-02-15
    Jacob 05-02-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simply amazing."

    This was such an amazing book. I felt so sad when it finally came to an end. The author does such an amazing job of reading this. Please buy this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    julie Richmond, VA, United States 04-30-15
    julie Richmond, VA, United States 04-30-15

    JLH

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Book I've ever listened to. "

    Frank Mccourt's life was Heartbreaking, Depressing seemingly hopeless at times! I truly admire and respect this man for all he accomplished with his will to pull himself out of the ghetto's in Ireland and following him on his journey for a better life in America. I've listened to all his books several times and watched the Movie Angela's Ashes numerous times. It's sad he passed away way too early. I wanted to hear more of his stories. RIP Frank McCourt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ms.Taxlady 04-18-15
    Ms.Taxlady 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book to listen to!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend & have! Keeps you very interested!


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

    The stealing of fruit while they were in the park watching the twins.


    What does Frank McCourt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The dialect was great in the book. Really put you in the book!


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

    Made you laugh & cry!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Angela's ashes"

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Frank McCourt is a great storyteller, I felt immersed in Irish/American history. Struggles, that typical Americans cannot even fathom, enveloped a great many of its immigrants. My Irish immigrant ancestors live in me, and I hope that I continue their quest for the dream of opportunity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.