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.
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"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)
I don't often write reviews, but I made an exception for this title. What made this listening experience so great was the fact that Frank McCourt was telling his story. His Irish brogue and the fun songs that he shared made me want to start every morning asking, "Tell me a story Frank."
The setting. So humble. So Sad.
The narration made it come to life
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
WOW!!! What a great experience... Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes is one of those books I can listen to over and over again. Don't let the title fool you. This is not one of those sad, depressing books. McCourt did a great job telling his childhood story with a lot of humor and wit. The movie version is lot more depressing though.
I don't think anyone else but Frank McCourt could of done this story justice by narrating it. Truly amazing!
A tragic but inspirational tale. This was a great listen and I highly recommend it.
The addition of the author's voice enhances this story tremendously. There are a lot of cultural references and unique linguistic uses that would be difficult to fully appreciate without the authors accent and emphasis.
His job at the post office. The ladies who ran the office were just terrible but so funny. In fact, all of the women in his story are remarkable.
A sense of humor coupled with a deep sadness that is so sincere that it hurts.
I laughed and cried.
I have....and continue to. I tell people who don't think they like to 'listen' to books that they absolutely have to get this audio book. They can thank me later. My husband listened to it from start to finish and then immediately started it again. I am just finishing up 'Tis and was starting to worry about how much I'm going to miss Frank McCourt when I discovered there is a third book.
The narration. I read the book, years ago, but it didn't have the same impact as listening to it. I normally don't think authors should narrate their books but this book narrated by anyone else would not be nearly as good.
Impossible to just choose one. I listen in my car, during my commute to and from work, and often found myself laughing out loud.
I have tried to read this book and just couldn't get through it, but the audio version is entertaining and keeps you riveted from start to finish.
Frank McCourt's narration is flawless and it was incredible to hear his own words in his own voice.
This is a book that really allows you to dive into his world, the colors, smells, taste of Ireland.
It simply doesn't get better than Angela's Ashes.
I had previously read this book and loved it, but listening to Frank McCourt read Angela's Ashes was astounding. You forget that you are just hearing a single narrator and could swear that you have heard his mother, father, brothers, teachers and priest speak. Frank truly has a gift for narration of this story, his story.
We feel Frank's disappointments and excitements growing up and his childhood was no ordinary childhood. And, he is no ordinary person. Certainly many would have had their life force crushed by the abject poverty, filth, and hunger that Frank endured. The adults with whom he interacted were straight out of Dickens...they were strong characters with great weaknesses-some few truly cared about Frank and most others were either too caught up in their own lives to notice him or their interest was in subjugating Frank.
Bravo to Frank and to the human spirit that can triumph over adversity!
This is such an amazing book. I saw the movie years ago and it is very true to the book. You can never go wrong with this book. It's sad, funny and very deep. Get a hold on your emotions and a box of tissues. Love love love this book.
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Yes, when you get a good book combine with a great narrator, everything becomes perfect.
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The poor Irish neighborhood. The way Frank McCourt narrates the story, I can picture the sight, the smell and the face of the horrible people.
Absolutely. I listen this book when I'm driving from one house to the next... I cannot wait to get back on my car and continue to listen to my book.
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