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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

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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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    Ms.Taxlady 04-18-15
    Ms.Taxlady 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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!


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    Amazon Customer 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

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    christine branson 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite Audible listens!"

    This tender story is well written and read by the author in his own Irish brogue.

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    Clark 04-01-15
    Clark 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    This is one of my favorite books of all time and it is even better as an audiobook due to the authors performance

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    Judith K. Genovesi Omaha 03-30-15
    Judith K. Genovesi Omaha 03-30-15

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    "Beautifully written and told"

    It surpassed my expectations. Sad to hear of how poor his life but happy he made it to America. Thanks

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    C. Lewis Macon, Ga 03-23-15
    C. Lewis Macon, Ga 03-23-15 Member Since 2016

    You mean the movie lied!?

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    "Wonderful memoir"

    Funny, sad & magnificent story that will stay with you long after the book has ended and read by the author.

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    Vera 03-22-15
    Vera 03-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent, a must read. highly recommended for all"

    This book made me laugh, cry, and gave me a better understanding of a world through the eyes of a child.

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    The Kahn Artist New Jersey 03-07-15
    The Kahn Artist New Jersey 03-07-15
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    "Great narration"

    I would have missed so much if I had just read it without hearing Frank's wonderful narration, invested with such honesty and love. Bravo.

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    Real Life Stories, LLP 02-18-15

    Sheridan Hill

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    "McCourt's Reading is Priceless"
    What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

    Reading this exquisitely beautiful and painful memoir is a rich experience, but HEARING MCCOURT deliver all the voices himself (his innocent boyhood rising when he reads his own quotes), and SING IRISH SONGS from Limerick--I have never experienced a more worthy audio book.


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    John 02-03-15
    John 02-03-15
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    What does Frank McCourt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    McCourt brings his accent plus a certain realism.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book that makes appreciate my ancestry even more.

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