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Angela's Ashes | [Frank McCourt]

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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    Phil New River, AZ, USA 08-12-06
    Phil New River, AZ, USA 08-12-06
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    "Ok"

    The author reads the book really well, his accent really adds to the story, but boy is this a depressing book. Some of it I could relate to however - customs from my childhood, too.

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    Misty Portland, OR, USA 06-30-06
    Misty Portland, OR, USA 06-30-06
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    "What I Hoped For and More"

    Being part Irish, my family and friends constantly recommended that I read the tear-jerker, Angela's Ashes. I always found an excuse not to sit down and read it. Maybe it was because I knew that I had to listen to him tell me. Frank McCourt sings the Irish pub songs his dad would sing walking drunk down the street; that did it for me. Because he read the words himself, I knew that all of it was right on and I felt like I was witness. Get ready for some sad writing written extremely well. What a guy.

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    Anne L. Alix 05-15-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Angela's Ashes"

    This was the most depressing book I have ever read. The writing was magnificent, but the depressing story of death, starvation, abuse by every adult Framk McCourt met was too much to handle.

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    Brian Praha 3Czech Republic 05-04-06
    Brian Praha 3Czech Republic 05-04-06
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    "Amazing!!!"

    This book is amazing and the fact that it is read by the author makes it even better!!!! Download this now! I am already downloading the continuation book "Tis"

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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 04-19-06
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 04-19-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story"

    Better than fiction!!! Wonderful book and a very true representation of the Catholic Church and it's schools. Wonderful narration. Didn't want it to end. Enjoy!!

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    Donna Garden Grove, CA, USA 03-10-06
    Donna Garden Grove, CA, USA 03-10-06
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    "Angela's Ashes"

    Excellent book. I was inspired to read all of Frank McCourts books. He's a wonderful story teller. Often funny often sad but it really tugged at my heart strings. I couldn't stop talking about it.

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    Jennifer Markham, ON, Canada 01-30-06
    Jennifer Markham, ON, Canada 01-30-06
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    "A Powerful Book"

    Angela's Ashes is written in the voice of a child growing up in poverty first in America and then in Ireland. Although the writing is very simple, the portrayal of little Frank's thoughts as he struggles to survive is very powerful and moving. I really felt as if I were there, feeling what he felt, but at the same time glad that I am really here living in comfort, and appreciating it more than I ever have. This powerful book is a must-read.

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    Chicago, IL USA 02-01-05
    Chicago, IL USA 02-01-05 Member Since 2004

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    "The Best"

    I have been a subscriber for 6 months now and Angela's Ashes has been the best...so far. Frank McCourt's narration really made me feel the pain and agony of growing up in Ireland.

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    Timothy Denver, CO, USA 07-22-04
    Timothy Denver, CO, USA 07-22-04
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    "What a storyteller!"


    If you're of Irish decent, the characters in this book will surely remind you of someone in your own family and bring back fond memories. You'll hear familiar clich?s and euphemisms throughout and be reminded of how they were used by your own grandparents or great aunt, etc.

    Irish or not, you'll certainly find yourself grinning and even laughing out loud often while reading this book...because it's often funny. It's often bittersweet too, and it's a hard to put down.

    Frank McCourt is not only a great storyteller, but he's a FANTASTIC reader. He narrates with a different voice for every character and the conversations flow so realistically you'd think you were standing right there in the pub in Limerick yourself!

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    Frances Hialeah, FL, USA 04-28-04
    Frances Hialeah, FL, USA 04-28-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible Book"

    I adored this book. It was incredible. One of the best I have ever read. It was both hilarious and incredibly sad. Because it is written from the viewpoint of a child, it is an awesome panorama of the thoughts of a child and the enormous forgiveness they are capable of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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