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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1997 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"It's pure heaven when McCourt reads...[He] sighs, we weep. He speaks, we are transported." ( The Christian Science Monitor)
"I'd listened to the audiobook which was read by Frank McCourt himself and vibrates with humor, heart, passion, and nostalgia..." (Roger Ebert)

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ABRIDGED VERSION

I downloaded this audiobook because I was assigned to read Angela’s Ashes for an AP Lang assignment. I thought it would be easier to follow along with the book by listening to it but was confused when the reader skipped over parts. I was disappointed when I realized this is a shortened version, and I wasted my first free book on this. I wish it would’ve been made clear this is an abridged version before I got it.

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The Voice

I really enjoyed it. The author reading it with his accent really puts in place and time. I will be watching the movie next.

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not to bad.

there are multiple people reading the book, wich is not my favoriate. Well written and good story all in all.

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Beautifully told story

So sorry I didn't read this book years ago. I cried and laughed. You could feel and see Frank's descriptions so vividly...

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compelling read

Poignant story of harsh poverty told with lyrical Irish wit and courage..in simplicity..through a young man's eyes and words

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ABRIDGED VERSION

What disappointed you about Angela's Ashes?

I guess its my own fault but I did not realize this was an abridged version. I was so disappointed. 15+ hours down to 4.5.

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Amazing stories from an incredible storyteller

Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is the best audiobook I've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

McCourt's stories of his childhood in the U.S. and Ireland bring up so many different emotions, sometimes simultaneously. I laughed so much, despite the tales of sadness and despair.

What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

He is (or was) a master storyteller. I loved that he sang the songs and did the various voices. Listening to this was like stumbling into a pub and sitting next to McCourt as he recounts his life.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should listen to this audiobook, even if you've read the print version. Each is amazing in its own way. I was so sad when the book was over that I immediately downloaded 'Tis, which picks up after Angela's Ashes.

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