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Teacher Man Audiobook

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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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-17-11
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A delightful listen"

    Once again, Frank McCourt takes his listener through his life adventures, this time focusing on his years as a teacher. This is a lighthearted story with a ton of laughs. It is one that I can listen to over and over again. I loved it.

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    Jessie 07-25-11
    Jessie 07-25-11
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    "Frank McCourt does not disappoint"

    How anyone can go through life never having read Frank McCourts books is beyond me. What's even better than reading his novels is listening to them! Frank McCourt's Limerick accent adds just that much more to his stories! I loved Angela's Ashes, I fell in love with "'Tis" and no surprise, I love "Teacher Man" as well.

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    Michael winters, CA, United States 06-22-11
    Michael winters, CA, United States 06-22-11
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    "loved it"

    well written, well read, funny, touching, interesting. Best audible I have heard in quite a while.

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    Kyle M. Palmer 06-12-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Not bad, I just didn't find it to be good."

    Well spoken, even with the accent. Just didn't find the subject material to be that riveting.

    I kind of felt like I spent my time with an accomplished person as he discussed the unremarkable things he did before he became accomplished.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 10-13-07
    Richard 10-13-07

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "Three ouf three = genius"

    McCourt finally retired to write one book, then another, and then another. Each as good as the previous; all wonderful. I pray there's a fourth coming, then a fifth, and so forth.

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    Diane Valentine 02-09-07 Member Since 2005

    In every book, there is a little vacation'

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    "Stars for candor"

    This book certainly has its dry spots. However, what I like most about Frank McCourt is the way he tells his story, --no holds barred, with all its sadnesses-- and remains able to write it from the inside out -- his inside, that is. I love his memoirs - they teach a hundred lessons about problem-solving, getting along, never giving up -- and putting one foot in front of another when confidence is '0' and life looks bleak. ..And yet -- it's entertaining! Bravo - again Mr. McCourt.

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    Peter Jacoby Massachusetts 04-13-06
    Peter Jacoby Massachusetts 04-13-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "Well-told story"

    McCourt shows how good of a storyteller he is with this great account of his teaching career. Many authors do not make good narrators, but McCourt is an exception, providing life and his Irish brouge to the story. Highly recommended for any teachers, or anyone who has ever heard stories from teachers about what they put up with in the classroom.

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    M. Houk 02-27-06
    M. Houk 02-27-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Good Read"

    I liked McCourt's previous books and this topped it all off. Recommend this book.

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    Larry Crookston, MN, USA 02-18-06
    Larry Crookston, MN, USA 02-18-06 Member Since 2001
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    "A Teacher on Teacher Man"

    Many of the professional practices and personal behaviors described in this book will startle a new teacher or a non-teacher, but it was a different time and such things happened. The honesty is, all said and done, refreshingly authentic. Much of the material in this book is recycled from 'Tis, but the author only had one life to live, and he wasn't writing fiction. That it is read by the author, as were Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, earns this book a five-star rating. Mr. McCourt's voice is as smooth as a good Irish whisky. I will listen to this audiobook many times.

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    MBeth 01-10-06
    MBeth 01-10-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Especially for English teachers"

    Not since Up the Down Staircase have I read a book that so accurately and eloquently describes the experience of teaching English. This probably means that nonEnglish teachers will not be as enthralled with the book as I am. Nonetheless it is a good listen for anyone, particularly with McCourt's reading it himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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