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)
Although not from Ireland, I can relate to many of Frank's young life experiences. The setting, language, references to religion and the mere fact of being poor are experiences I share or have seen growing up in Jamaica W.I. This book is a fact of life and it is given to us in a way that, although depressing and sometimes hopeless, with humor and hopefulness. You can sense that there is a light a the end of the tunnel. I truly enjoyed listening.
There are so many, however, I would have to go with the Franks first, second and third confession seen(s). That gave me a big laugh.
I would have to say that Malachy McCourt (Jr.) - Frank’s younger brother by one year. Malachy is a charmer and
My reaction was one of familiarity and mixed memories of my own experience. It made me laugh.
I read this book many years ago and I recall enjoying it so much that I thought I would listen to the Audible version. I found listening to this memoir now every bit as entertaining and delightful as the first time around! In particular, Frank McCourt's narration brings an added feel of it being very true to life and genuine. As the reader/listener, I almost felt like I was there witnessing events in person. McCourt's narration brings this memoir to life and especially enhances the terrific humour throughout the book..
This was a very moving story. I enjoyed every bit of it! There aren't many like this that touched my heart. Thank you, Audible for making this available! And thank you, Frank McCourt for writing this beautiful story.
I have listened to this at least 15 times. Great true stories. McCort delivers a wonderful reenactment of his life with all the wonderful characters to boot.
I read "Angela's Ashes" years ago but nothing can compare to listening to Frank McCourt reading the unabridged version himself! His Irish accent & the inflection in his voice as he reads the book the way he intended it to be "heard" by his readers cannot compare to reading this book yourself. I loved this audible version & have already downloaded his 2nd book, "Tis" in audible. Next month it will be "Teacher Man". All excellant books & will most likely be even better in the audible version! We have lost Frank McCourt, but his books live on in our hearts for all time.
Not really Ron! Female, mid 40's. Need a good audio book really helps me get things done around the house. My family is annoyed!
Read this book years ago but I enjoyed it so much more as an audio book. It just feels like Frank McCourt is telling you the stories himself with his rich Irish voice. Sad, funny,touching and disturbing at times. Just like life.Loved it!
GRI, SME, CDPE, Broker
Frank McCourt quickly became one of my favorite writers ... AND narrators, after listening to him recount his own story. My only disappointment is how abruptly it ends and the fact that the title has no bearing on the story (but does in the continuation of Frank's story, called "'T'Is"). A must read for everyone, but not until high school because of the harsh and realistic content and language.
I had read Angela's Ashes several times, first through a paperback and then on my Kindle. I thought it was a great enough book and such a keeper that I purchased it twice. When I came across the audio version I thought I wouldn't bother ~ until I realized it was the author himself as the narrator. What had always been an excellent book was exceptional! Mr. McCourt's Irish brogue, his pauses, his singing, his wry way of speaking gave this book depth and dimension that I hadn't even counted on. Whether you are new to audio books or a seasoned reader, this book is a charmer, heart-breaking yet poignant, funny... And now for "Tis"!
You will listen, and then listen again. I LOVED the dry sense of humor that was expertly woven into the story. I laughed out loud when Frankie left God in the backyard.
Many books go on and come off my device, but Angelas Ashes always stays. This is hands down the best book I have ever listened to. Frank McCourt is brilliant in his narration and he brings every single character to life so you have a picture in your mind of what they looked like and even the expressions on the faces as they talk. I tell everyone I know to listen to this book, don't just read it because you miss so much. By listening, you can get the whole experience because when he reads to you, you can feel the emotions in his voice.
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