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.
My first Frank McCourt book. Who would have guessed you could write a book about a young Irish immigrant who grew up to be a school teacher. His way of looking at his own and life in general is hilarious. Well written, well read.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
Very good to find out what happens to Frank after finishing Angela's Ashes. He is truly a lovable character, an excellent writer and a fantastic performer/reader of his own books. I love his Irish accent. His books are laugh out loud funny and touching. I truly liked 'Tis, but I loved Angela's Ashes. It is easy to tell from reading Frank McCourt that he had a love/ hate relationship with his parents and I can truly understand why. They failed him miserably, but they had their good points too. I wish I could have sat with Frank at his brother's bar and listened to their stories and songs. The four McCourt brothers are so lovable, funny and lively. It is hard to believe they had such a hard childhood and turn out so vibrant and uplifting. I particularly recommend 'Tis to teachers. Frank McCourt's account of his teaching adventures are so funny and so real. He points out the absurdity of so many of the approaches schools have taken to "teaching" which ends up more "managing" of kids. I wish all teachers had McCourt's talents and outlook toward teaching.
Frank McCourt is hilarious, somber, reflective, and extraordinarily entertaining. He reads about the ordinary and extraordinary circumstances of his life with great skill and a unique, straightforward style. I can't imagine this book having had the same charm read by anyone else. I literally chuckled aloud and sprouted tears throughout.
Avid fiction listener from Australia who not ashamed to have a biased for what some may call 'chicklit'. Keen for new author suggestions
I loved Angela's Ashes so was excited to read this. While a good start I found Frank annoying throughout this book. This may just be because he isn't a very nice man so don't let that put you off. Love his 'never sentimental' style.
Ties "Angela Ashes" together perfectly! Narration was lively and worth listening to! He pulled you into the story. Highly recommended!!
I have to get this book in hardcover to put on my shelf. I did not care for the first book because of the way it ended. However, you're listening to the second book I want to listen to the first one again. I have a feeling these will be listened to several times. What a wonderful story from a wonderful man. Thank you Frank McCourt.
I don't think this series of books, starting with 'Angela's Ashes,' through 'Tis,' and finishing with 'Teacher' could be performed by anyone as brilliantly as Frank McCourt! I had read Angela's Ashes years ago and while I felt it was a great book, it was dark and depressing. But hearing it told the way it was meant to be understood by the author, I found so much more humor and joy in it that didn't come through at all in written form. I so enjoyed 'Angela's Ashes' that I moved right on to 'Tis' and while I didn't find 't's literary value to be equal to that of 'Angela's Ashes,' I thoroughly enjoyed it and moved on to 'Teacher' from there. Bravo Frank McCourt! All three are definitely worth listening to in the order written.
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