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Teacher Man | [Frank McCourt]

Teacher Man

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.
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Publisher's Summary

Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of 66, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

©2005 Green Peril Corp.; (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Biography/Memoir

"Should be mandatory reading for every teacher in America. And it wouldn't hurt some politicians to read it, too." (Publishers Weekly)
"Teacher Man is an irresistible valedictory, about a man finding his voice in the classroom, on the page and in his soul." (The New York Times)

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    Misty Portland, OR, USA 06-30-06
    Misty Portland, OR, USA 06-30-06
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    "Where's the Teaching?"

    I love Frank McCourt, and I love that he reads his own work--it comes alive in a different way. I felt like Frank was just sitting me down and chatting the whole length of the book. I wish there were more teachable moments discussed. It felt like it was more about his struggle to become a teacher, a couple hilarious stories about his first year, and then his opinions about education today. What happened in those other 30 years of teaching, Frank?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 02-09-06
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 02-09-06 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "typical superb McCourt work"

    I've stood in the same teacher shoes McCourt describes. But, oh, how HE can describe it! His accent and phrasing is a joy to hear; anyone who simply reads the book for himself will miss that dimension of this excellent work. I only wish that his analysis of administrators was too cruel, or exaggerated. It isn't. He's fair and accurate in how he describes the ladder-climbers of large, and even small, public school systems. McCourt, I'm so pleased to hear you, at long last, reach deep into the souls of those students and yourself, to reach an enjoyment of what you were working at, and to have students return to find you. And I hope that your cot is no longer celibate!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Moses Lake, WA, USA 10-15-07
    Karen Moses Lake, WA, USA 10-15-07 Member Since 2007
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    "another teacher"

    This past summer I heard the author speak at a teachers' convention...I had to get the book. It is his narration that I enjoyed so much. After spending the majority of my adult life in the English classroom, his students, situations, administration, and frustrations came to life in a memorable and humorous way...(and believe me, it isn't often humorous at the time)...thanks to the author for the laughs and the tears...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Louisville, KY, USA 07-19-06
    Judith Louisville, KY, USA 07-19-06
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    "A bit whiny"

    I still love Frank McCourt's reading, but he seems to have found a forum for complaining in this book...I don't feel any sense of direction, we move back and forward in time, but through it all he has a lot to gripe about. In Angela's Ashes especially there was no hint of this. I do appreciate that he sheds light on how demanding a profession teaching is. Having trouble getting through the book because often I don't want to listen to his negativity.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arielle Sherman, TX, United States 04-12-13
    Arielle Sherman, TX, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pete Fell Off A Wagon...Repeat"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If this book specifically suited what my friend was looking for, I would. It is still well written. It's a repetition of his last books, though. There's not a lot of new brought to the table. I liked the anecdotes about his students, but he talked way too much about his thoughts--and in a manner that was kind of stale. He has interesting teaching ideas, though.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to Gone, Girl by Gillian someone or other. Teacher Man did inspire me to read Freedom Writers. I'm just waiting for a library transfer.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frank McCourt?

    Yes I would! He has such a great and lively voice. Not distracting. Not dull.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Frank McCourt’s life?

    I would want to know if he ever married again, and to whom or why not; why was his mother so mean when she came to America, tell me more about his relationship with his daughter and younger brothers, how did he decide to write and how was his process for his first two books. Not all that should have been in depth in THIS particular book--actually--I think the only one relevant for this book would be the inquiries on his writing.


    Any additional comments?

    It's decent. Not my favorite of his books. It's got some very very slow parts. I almost couldn't wait for the book to end, but the ending of the book is interesting and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura BARTLETT, IL, United States 03-04-13
    Laura BARTLETT, IL, United States 03-04-13
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    "Not my favorite"
    Would you try another book from Frank McCourt and/or Frank McCourt?

    Yes. I've read his other two books and LOVED them. This one just didn't appeal to me at all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Love his narration - the accent is great.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would appeal more to teachers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Troy, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Carol Troy, IL, United States 08-13-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "My favorite author of all.I enjoy listening to him"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Teacher Man to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely!! Any of his books


    What other book might you compare Teacher Man to and why?

    If memory serves Tis was my favorite. His voice and diction fascinate me.


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    Amazon Customer chelsea, AL, United States 05-08-12
    Amazon Customer chelsea, AL, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Nurse by day, gangster knitter & book listener by night. Married w 2 girls, 3 dogs & many woodland creatures. Love Twain & meditation.

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    "Charming, delightful and engaging."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's the third and final offering and takes us on a wild ride through the classroom drama in NYC. His tales are warm, real and his commitment to following his dream is unwavering. It feels almost like I've made a friend... and miss him and his funny songs dearly. He left us with a rich version of a poor man's wanderings.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Teacher Man?

    His ongoing love and belief in his students.


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

    All.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His tales of his students, their personal struggles and his commitment to be there for them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary CONYERS, GA, United States 04-18-12
    Mary CONYERS, GA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved McCourt's Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Teacher Man to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! McCourt's Irish brogue and story-telling technique make this book, a collection of stories, perfect!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    McCourt's struggles to become a certified teacher for the New York public schools! His eating one of the student's sandwiches in class was hilarious. There are so many funny anecdotes in this book......


    Any additional comments?

    I you are or ever have been a teacher or worked with teenagers, don't miss this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deana Alpharetta, GA, United States 03-26-12
    Deana Alpharetta, GA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story"
    What made the experience of listening to Teacher Man the most enjoyable?

    The narrarator really made the book interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories of Frank's classroom experiences.


    What does Frank McCourt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His true thoughts and feelings come through his voice.


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

    It made me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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