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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

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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)

"Here we have the stereotypical Irish characters - the drunken poet father; the all-suffering mother; the miserable, hungry kids being turned away by a haughty Church - all made three-dimensional and brought fully to life by both McCourt's language and his loving, intimate narration.... Grim it is - but the tale and its teller transcend the poverty - and so does the listener, who glories in the story and voice from beginning to end." (AudioFile)

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    NR 03-05-16
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    "Incredible audiobook"

    This is a sensational book and hearing Frank McCourt narrate is a pleasure. This heartbreaking story is brilliant.

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    Jodi Mystic, CT USA 03-05-16
    Jodi Mystic, CT USA 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally, I loved it."

    I tried to read this book many times and just couldn't get into it. But the Author reading it to me really made the difference. Frank McCourt did an amazing job reading as well as crafting the story. I was disappointed in the way it ended, but maybe more that it ended at all. I enjoyed it a great deal.

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    T. Preston 03-02-16
    T. Preston 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Humor among the bleakness"

    Enjoyed the perspective of the maturing child. well worth the listen. The narrator and author's Irish accent added to the experience but was easy for this American's ears to follow.

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    Brendan Nashville, TN, USA 02-24-16
    Brendan Nashville, TN, USA 02-24-16
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    "Everything"

    Around 150 years ago my ancestors left Ireland...this beautiful story makes *some* sense of it.

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    berryblondeboys Columbia, MD/DC burbs 02-23-16
    berryblondeboys Columbia, MD/DC burbs 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Delightful narration, story of survival and hope."
    What made the experience of listening to Angela's Ashes the most enjoyable?

    I loved that I was hearing the author's narration because then I knew I was hearing it as it was intended. Plus, he was a marvelous story teller.


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

    His feeling of being doomed for being human - masturbation, having sex.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people say that it's bleak and maybe that is true if reading the book, but I don't see how anyone could feel this novel was bleak when heard through the author's voice.

    He also has that rare talent of being in touch with his inner child - remembering what it's like to think and feel like a child.

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    Timothy Van Autreve Peoria, IL 02-22-16
    Timothy Van Autreve Peoria, IL 02-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    This book had me on the edge of my seat as it spun a tale of innocence and poverty.

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 02-21-16
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 02-21-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic memoir of growing up poor in Ireland"

    I was a bit wary of this book as it was read by the Author. I generally will shy away from these because writers are seldom great narrators. It took a little getting used to the accent but the story was well worth listening to.
    The McCourts move back to Ireland and face tough times. Very poor with incredibly hard conditions which might sound depressing but that wasnt the mood of the book. Despite the hard times young Frank McCourt grows up dealing with family, promising to die for Ireland, poverty, school, friends, girls, jobs, wishes, desires, religion, sex and everything one might while moving through childhood to becoming an adult. Highs and Lows and the stuff in between told frankly and with humor. I enjoyed listening and in the end am glad I didnt pass because of the narrator.

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    boatgurl 02-15-16
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    "Impeccable"

    There is a reason this book won the Pulitzer Prize. After reading it, hearing it in Frank McCourt's own voice made it all the better. Listen to it for the sadness, the dark humor, the perseverance, and, ultimately, the comfort that is in it.

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    Cranky 02-08-16
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    "Tears and Laughter"

    I took another reviewer's suggestion to not be put off by the enormous tragedy in Frank McCourt's story because of the humanity that is revealed. I cried and I laughed as I listened to Frankie tell his story. A candid description of a great class of people with their pettiness and magnanimity. How Frank and his brothers survived had to be "by the Grace of God". A great listen...highly recommend. Look forward to his next audible...'Tis.

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    Kat 02-04-16
    Kat 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "omg!"

    I'm in love with the narrator's voice. the story, is so incredible. memoirs narrated by the writer are probably my favorite genre. but mr. mccourt... wows me! I love his use of repetition to drive the humor in or the point down... I laughed, cried, gagged, and just couldn't stop until I was done. I'm so glad I can listen to this over and over. I'm thinking in Frank's voice. I can't wait to dive into his other books. and I can't wait to make this one of my Pulitzer choices for the year in my book club. why have I waited so long to read this?

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