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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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    William Moree 12-25-15

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    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
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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
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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
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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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    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
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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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    "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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    "One of my favorites"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It had me laughing out loud on one page and crying on the next. It is very simply but brilliantly written.

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    T Nicolette 11-13-15
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    "Wonderful read!"

    An incredible story enhanced by the performance of the author. Kept my attention and entertained the whole time. Absolutely wonderful!

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    Susan 11-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "One of my all time favorites by an amazing writer!"
    What made the experience of listening to Angela's Ashes the most enjoyable?

    Frank McCourt reading his own work. I don't think anyone else could do it as well.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    His lovely accent, his enthusiasm at every stage of his life and the lives of the other people in his world. He did a great job being the voice of the others.


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

    Both. It's hilariously funny in parts and I honestly believe humor made his life bearable. I can vividly remember laughing out loud at times. But it's horribly sad as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't tell you the number of times I've listened to this book. I first read the print version but the audio is so much better. Most audiobooks seem to bring stories more to life in my experience.This is a truly wonderful story.Frank McCourt was a master storyteller.

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