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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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    Ginger Wilde 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    So fun to listen to. My catholic guilt gushing the whole time...couldn't stop giggling to hear all the boy antics- I'm a mother of 3 boys. Loved it. Cute slice of life read. Refreshing .

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    Anna Maria Darmanin 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved every bit of it."

    Loved it. It is both sad and funny. Gives you a look into Irish life during the war. Got me to tears in some parts.

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    Jared Canada 01-10-15
    Jared Canada 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful "

    I'd heard that many Irish were upset over this book due to some possible imbellishments of the truth. I'd say take the book for what it is a memoir from the p.o.v. of Frank McCourt. His father told them wild stories, it's not hard to see the apple stayed close to the tree.

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    KIMM jamaica, NY, United States 12-25-14
    KIMM jamaica, NY, United States 12-25-14
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    "Irish poverty told at its best."

    One of my favorites. A humorously told story about Irish poverty. A great read. Well told.

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    Jennifer 12-10-14
    Jennifer 12-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    It was amazing to hear the author telling his own story.. this was a really good book and kept me coming back even when I should have been working or sleeping.

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    N. Smith 10-19-14
    N. Smith 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pulls on your heart strings"
    What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

    I really enjoyed the book. The author/narrator added a fun side to all the family members in the book. Knowing that this is a story of his like it pulls on the heart strings to hear some of the trials and experiences he has growing up in the US and Ireland during the depression and the war.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that no matter what happened to their family, no matter how bad their struggles the children still had a strong sense of love and togetherness with their mother.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the section about his younger school years and his understanding as a child about taking communion for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed in the ending. He had built up his dream of returning to America and then it just ended leaving you hanging a little, wondering what happened to his family and his future. I was left wanting to know more.

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    Marie Melrose, MA 10-09-14
    Marie Melrose, MA 10-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I liked it...."
    What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

    I did read other peoples reviews about why they were not fussed on the book. I however thought it was good. It gave me an insight into someone's life, it was interesting what others had to endure, and a great reality as to how far we have come. Obviously, you have to take things with a pinch of salt but I would recommend others to read/listen.


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    Diane 09-24-14
    Diane 09-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.

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    "Wonderful!"

    Lyric phrasing, rich characters, unadorned speech reflecting unadorned people, religious constraints, hardship and deprivation unimaginable to most people, and abounding love for family, country and church -- all these elements combine to create an inspiring, uplifting and entertaining tale of growing up in Limerick, Ireland. Thank you, Frank McCormack, for narrating your story for us! What a treat.

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    Bethany S. Moore Somewhere South 09-10-14
    Bethany S. Moore Somewhere South 09-10-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A tragic, beautiful, funny, wildly colourful tale."

    Frank McCourt gives life to his memoir through this beautiful, tragic, comical and wildly colourful narration. The book itself is wonderful, but the book as read by the author is magnanimous and powerfully real.

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    carl 08-26-14
    carl 08-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Appreciate my life much more now!"
    What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

    The daily struggles of a boy who saw things as they were and with great composure kept on going day by day.


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

    The accent of course and the narration put me in Frank's shoes, if he had any at the time.


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

    I saw that as troubled as his father was, he loved his children.


    Any additional comments?

    His family life was in constant turmoil yet he persevered.

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