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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: People have called this a sad book. I imagine those are people who read it with their eyes instead of hearing Frank McCourt narrate his story. Those who listen hear the ecstasy in McCourt's exclamations over a piece of bread and an egg and the humor with which he dealt with hardships. Listeners are enveloped by McCourt's brogue, occasional songs, and his joyful spirit. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 1997

National Book Critics Circle, Biography/Autobiography, 1997

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.

Listen to Frank McCourt talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (7/11/97).

©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.

What the Critics Say

"Frank McCourt is a marvelous writer whose words are made all the better when he reads them aloud..." (Bookpage)
"...one of the best I've heard in years." (The Boston Globe)
"...so good it deserves a sequel" (The New York Times)

What Members Say

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    L. Kollasch Western Colorado 04-17-16
    L. Kollasch Western Colorado 04-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening and enjoyable"

    I liked it and really enjoyed it...bit it was also upsetting and enlightening. What a horribly difficult time for the characters...and it's true. But the author includes joy and humor and it makes a lovely read.

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    Cielo Di Bend Central Oregon 04-05-16
    Cielo Di Bend Central Oregon 04-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I didn't "get" the humor"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I knew some of the hardships in Ireland, but had not idea to the degree the people suffered. There are people who can see the humor in Frank McCourt's writing and I desperately looked for it, but alas, the book ended and I was totally depressed by his childhood.


    Has Angela's Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely, positively.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    I loved the performance. It was his voice, knowing that he lived to a ripe old age, that kept me going and I finished the book.


    Did Angela's Ashes inspire you to do anything?

    YES. Listen at 1.5 speed so I could hurry through and finish the book! I loved the narration, but could not stand the hardships.


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    rick boston,ma 04-01-16
    rick boston,ma 04-01-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Sad but true"

    sobering story. well written and narrated. I found myself wondering about frankies pals and how the rest of his family made out.

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    Glenda C Capeling 03-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "No point to it"

    It was hard to care much for the characters and it seemed to be just a series of bad things happening to this family but with no overall point to any of it. Then it just ends abruptly.

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    dachi 03-27-16
    dachi 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "barely managed to finish this"

    I don't know why ppl rated this so high. i think weighting was poor and story was average...

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    shrizz 03-20-16
    shrizz 03-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "one of the best audio books I've listened to."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angela's Ashes to be better than the print version?

    yes. I read it many years ago, and all I remembered of it was that it was sad. Hearing it changed the whole thing for me- I was laughing out loud through much of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Frank McCourt is a wonderful narrator!

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    Martha 03-18-16
    Martha 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Loved the story and the author's accent and reading quality. I am Irish and enjoyed the historical references.

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    Lindie 03-12-16
    Lindie 03-12-16
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    "Compelling, so beautifully compelling"

    I was afraid that the story of a miserable Irish childhood would also dump me into misery along with it. Instead, I found a compelling story that opens one up to the complexity of humanity. The author's reading brought it to life like no one else could. Afterwards, the story continued to haunt me. I will now listen to Frank McCourt's other memoirs (also read by himself), as I am not yet ready to let go of this author and his story.

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    rockypugh 03-11-16
    rockypugh 03-11-16
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    "Heartbreaking Story of Neglect"

    This is a great story with an even better performance by the author. There is some language and sexuality throughout and some question the veracity of McCourt's story but it's worth your time nonetheless. If you have children, it'll inspire you to be a better father or mother. It'll also inspire you to be a better sibling. And it'll give you insight into the Catholic Church.

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    Annie J Port Huron 03-11-16
    Annie J Port Huron 03-11-16
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    "Delightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angela's Ashes to be better than the print version?

    This version is wonderful, read by the author himself which made it even more "listenable". I loved the book, and the audio version is phenomenal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angela's Ashes?

    It was all truly amazing, the grit of the young boy coming of age in remarkable circumstances.


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

    The voice!


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

    I laughed and cried.


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