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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir 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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    Misti United States 01-11-13
    Misti United States 01-11-13
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    "Always a favorite of mine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angela's Ashes to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the accent makes it totally worth it for me.


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

    Without giving it away, I never forget the Fathers actions. It fires me up thinking about it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to decide.


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

    Yes, but there is only so much time in a day.


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    cara UNION, NJ, United States 01-08-13
    cara UNION, NJ, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, heart wrenching and funny!"
    Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audiobook I've ever listened to and I thought it was awesome! I didn't want the book to end and was sure to download Frank McCourt's next book 'Tis before I finished this one so I wouldn't have to take a drive without it.


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

    There were many, it was so interesting to learn what life was like in those days. One of the most memorable moments was when Frank's younger brother died and his father had to pick up his casket and then the experience of the funeral.


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

    Frankie McCourt


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

    The story of his life was heart wrenching at times but Frank was able to find the humor in life when I'm sure many others in his situation would not be able to. It certainly made me think about how lucky my own life has been. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself until you hear what other people have gone through. Frank is a courageous person!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, I'm so glad that I saw it on the Award Winners page.

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    bernadette Akron, OH, United States 01-02-13
    bernadette Akron, OH, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous Book!"

    I can't believe I waited so long to read this book but it was worth the wait. The story brings out so many emotions, it makes you sad then angry, and then you might smile for a moment. I fell in love with Frank and his life and immediately rented the movie but found it to be a fraction of the book. After I finished Angela's Ashes I read it again, making sure I didn't miss anything and then went on to read his next book, 'Tis.
    What struck me most about Frank's life is that it was only about 80 years ago when he was born and that there was such poverty in a civilized country. This book makes you feel grateful for so many things.
    This book moved me and made me thankful. I thought Frank was perfect as the narrator and couldn't imagine anyone else telling this story. *****

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 12-19-12
    Russell 12-19-12

    Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.

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    "Powerful, Couldn't Stop Listening"

    This book pulls at your heart strings, makes you laugh through your tears and relates a powerful story of resilience. It is all the more moving because the narrator is the author. You can almost feel the never-ending hunger of the kids as they make do with scraps of bread and tea. The book reveals a level of poverty not often written about but related in a unique way from a kid's point of view.

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    Marlene Kaim Houston, TX United States 12-15-12
    Marlene Kaim Houston, TX United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "we visit his "old country" with him"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The best way to get to know this Nobel prize author is to hear his story read to you by the man himself! You are with him every step of the way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am not Irish, I may never have the chance to visit Ireland, but for the duration of this story I was with Frank and amidst his family and friends, the townspeople of Limmerick, and getting a feel for all.


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

    FRANKIE, OF COURSE.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The memoirs of an Irishman born in America but an immigrant nonetheless


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada 12-11-12
    Steven Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada 12-11-12
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    "didnt love the story"
    Would you try another book from Frank McCourt and/or Frank McCourt?

    It was too scattered for me. It just did not have great flow in my mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Eau Claire, WI, United States 12-05-12
    Cathy Eau Claire, WI, United States 12-05-12
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    "Best Way to Experience Angela's Ashes"
    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, tragic, educational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank McCourt


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

    Frank McCourt


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

    This is a very long book - over 15 hours so there is no way I would listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that I had never wanted to read because I expected it to be very sad. Listening to it read by the author made it much more palatable for me. The life of the McCourt's did not seem hopeless since the family accepted it and plodded on day to day.
    There is quite a bit of humor throughout the book and this helps to lighten the mood considerably.

    The narrator's singing of the Irish songs in the book was delightful. I know I would never have really experienced the music if I had read the book. Music was very important to this family.

    I'm writing this review while only half done with the book. I only listen to it while walking - this is my main incentive to get outside and walk. It is a major motivation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sheryl 12-05-12
    sheryl 12-05-12
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    "Facinating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angela's Ashes to be better than the print version?

    Frank brings this book to life with his Irish lilt


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

    I loved Frank and his granny


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Life in the Hearth


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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 12-04-12
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not What I Expected"

    I have heard about this book being a sad and tragic story. I was in the mood for some drama and sadness so I gave it a shot. Maybe because other's have read it while I listened to it but I did not find this story to be sad at all. Yes, it was a tough life but the way Frank McCourt told it, it was a very matter-of-fact life. There were times when I thought, "Oh no! That's just not fair!" but then there were times when I laughed out loud at the shenanigans!

    I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Sandra 12-02-12
    Sandra 12-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Totally fascinating"
    Would you listen to Angela's Ashes again? Why?

    I am eager to begin again to catch details that I missed the first time.


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

    Listening to the poem "The Highwayman" in McCourt's Irish accent was my favorite part.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    The singing/ poetry and reality as he told his own story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NOTHING


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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