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.
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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)
Childhood Irish poverty
and these were the ones who survived
McCort's colorful prose makes this tragic story funny and palatable.
No, the story just seemed to go on and on and never really said much.
No, just doesn't appeal to me at this time.
Frank McCourt reading his Angela's Ashes is what an audio book is all about. In this case, the audio is even better than the paper version. From his narration, to dialogue, to his singing of childhood ditties, this is a mesermizing and captivating performance, as well as a terrific book. The movie was ok, the book was good, but this audio is GREAT! Probably one of the best one's I've ever listened to.
I couldn't finish this one. I was really quite bored. I wanted to enjoy it and make it to the end but gave up about 1/2 way through part 2.
Frank McCourt does a wonderful job narrating and giving the characters their own voices, I imagine from his own memory. It's amazing.
I love his accent - it makes the memoir so authentic.
I laughed and cried and loved every single minute.
This is my new favorite book.
The story and reading performance of Angela's Ashes were mesmerizing. I was taken into the world of the author and the details made me feel right at home. I liked it so much I got another of the same author's books and am listening to it now, as I walk.
This was the most depressing book I've ever tried to get through, and when I thought it was at last over, I noticed that there was a Part II to which I said "hellllll no". I don't see what others are talking about when they say there is humor in the story, because I certainly never noticed any. I wish I had chosen something else, that's for sure.
McCourt's authentic Irish accent and use of language breathed life into the Audible version of this story. The historical perspectives in the location and times lent credibility to the storyline placing the reader into the era, the immediate circumstances and beautiful love and courage of Angela's children to survive.
The characters did not whine or complain, despite endless assaults against their dignity, basic childhood needs and right to human kindness for their family. The small characters took it upon themselves to care for each other and carry on the day with bravery, relentless courage, humor and hope.
McCourt's true Irish accent and tone of voice allowed me as an American reader to be swept into the setting of the story.
A legacy of hope and courage...
I also bought this for my depression era father whose first words upon starting the book were, "This is about me!" I'm sure many others who grew up in the 30's could say the same.
Its good that this is read by the author himself. There are times in the book where I feel like, if I were him, I would just give up. Beautifully performed are marvelously written.
I read the book when it first came out and while I thought it an excellent story, I also found it dark and a little depressing. What a surprise to experience the audio version of this book! Frank McCourt does an exemplary job of bringing his characters and story to life. The humor is sometimes subtle and I missed too much of it in my own reading. This is unfortunate because he finds humor in so many places - childish misunderstandings of the adult world, the matter-of-factness with which religious and political beliefs are held, the quirky characters that make this world go round. I've listened to more than a hundred audio books and this narration is my favorite.
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