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'Tis | [Frank McCourt]

'Tis

Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.
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Publisher's Summary

The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured our hearts in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes comes of age in 'Tis.

Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

And though he left school at 14, he talks his way into New York University, falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blond, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach - and to write - that Frank finds his place in the world. And for those of us who are lucky enough to come across his writings - and captivating readings - 'Tis a wonderful thing that he did.

©1999 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Ron ELY, IA, United States 11-23-11
    Ron ELY, IA, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "Just love his voice and his character"

    I enjoyed this but not nearly as much as Angela's Ashes. It's so interesting to learn how his life progresses. Everyone has a story. Some parts just aren't as interesting as others.

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    Jessie BUCKSPORT, ME, United States 07-25-11
    Jessie BUCKSPORT, ME, United States 07-25-11
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    "I love Frank McCourt's 'Tis!"

    'Tis was the very first book by Frank McCourt that I was introduced to when I recieved an abridged copy of it on cassette tape for a birthday present. I fell right in love! I of course had to rush to my local library and "yay" they had the unabridged version. Since then I have read his better known, "Angela's Ashes" which was also excellent, and his last full length novel, "Teacher Man" which is of course also wonderful. But "'Tis" will forever be my favourite of the three novels. It is just such a pleasure to listen to his novels, narrated by Frank McCourt himself.

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    Ludimila Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 05-14-11
    Ludimila Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 05-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Expected more."

    I loved Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes", so I bought this one. To my surprise, it wasn't so good. I sometimes missed the thread of the story and where the author was going with it. I'd think about it twice before buying it. Especially if you've heard "Angela's Ashes".

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 01-09-11
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Ties up lose ends..."

    This was OK but defiantly not as endearing as Angels Ashes. Having said that it, was enjoyable enough to be recommended, and it does bring the first story full circle, it just lacks the charm of AA. I gave 4 stars because there wasn't an option for 3.5 which I think would be more accurate.

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    Gisele Fougerolles, France 08-17-10
    Gisele Fougerolles, France 08-17-10
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    "Not really"

    I've listened to Angela's Ashes with such great pleasure that I jumped on 'Tis. But I haven't been thrilled by it. McCourt uses the same narrative techniques and I felt that the story was a repetition even though the events take place later in his life. His living in America seems drab and I can't identify with a "drunk". Sorry Mr. McCourt but one was enough for me. I won't try your other book on your teaching carreer. Sorry for my English, I'm French.

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    Kevin Kennedy 04-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolute Great Read"

    I loved this book. Read it on the flight over to Ireland. Frank McCourt reads beautifully--a feat not easily done by most authors. I was a little concerned that "'Tis" would be redundant, after having read Angela's Ashes--however this book was all new and refreshing.

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    elanna allen 09-01-09 Member Since 2012
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    "sounds distorted"

    I loved Angela's Ashes, and was interested to hear how McCourt's life unfolded. It wasn't as captivating as his first book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The audio on this sounded really distorted, almost as if it was slowed to 1/2 time.

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    Steven FPO, AE, USA 05-22-09
    Steven FPO, AE, USA 05-22-09
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    "I don't care what happens to Frank anymore."

    I was so fed up with the character that like other readers couldn't care less what happened next. I won't even listen to the second part it's so bad. Frank should have stopped with his first book AA. This book drags on and on covering petty thoughts that are so mundane that they are hardly interesting. Skip this book unless you want to fall asleep while driving.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 09-14-04
    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 09-14-04 Member Since 2004

    Mojo Risen

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    "An Irish Seinfeld"

    This is a nice story, well written and narrated by the author about his life in NY and Ireland. It reminded me of how we all tuned in to watch Seinfeld, although nothing really ever happened. I enjoyed the story but nothing dramatic happens and unfortunately Frank falls prey to the Drink. He never seems to know what he's suppposed to do, and can't think on his own, and rarely does what he should do, because he doesn't know what he should do. So he wanders through his life with little purpose or ambition or drive. Nonetheless, it was a good story that I really enjoyed - even if nothing really happens. Frank - you should have grown up and stayed with Alberta.

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    Selma Costa Mesa, CA, United States 03-02-03
    Selma Costa Mesa, CA, United States 03-02-03 Member Since 2014
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    "Great first person account"

    An interesting telling of the life of an Irish immigrant to the U.S. Sometimes very detailed, sometimes difficult to understand the author's accent. But I also found that having the person telling his story in his own accent a bonus. Being from the west coast I found myself getting an east coast education. And as a former teacher I found myself chuckling when he described his tribulations as a teacher. Times haven't changed much in education.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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