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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)

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    Yvette P. 12-23-15
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    "Moving."

    I loved the story and having it read by the author was even more special. This was both humorous and emotional. Worth every minute.

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    Jesse 12-10-15
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    everyone should read this book Frank is a great narrator great story can't wait to read part 2

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    katie Prairie Village, KS, United States 12-08-15
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    Frank McCourt's narration is mesmerizing... makes you love Frankie like a son or brother and care about each day of his family's life as it plays out through desperate poverty. This reading is a window into how Irish Catholic honor and shame blanket every detail of individual, familial, community life. This is one of the best listens I've heard.

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    "Rich, eye-opening view into culture and poverty. Outstanding characters."

    My favorite Audible. The reading performance is exceptional, greatly deepening the experience of hearing this incredible story.

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    "One of my favorites"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It had me laughing out loud on one page and crying on the next. It is very simply but brilliantly written.

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    An incredible story enhanced by the performance of the author. Kept my attention and entertained the whole time. Absolutely wonderful!

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    "One of my all time favorites by an amazing writer!"
    What made the experience of listening to Angela's Ashes the most enjoyable?

    Frank McCourt reading his own work. I don't think anyone else could do it as well.


    What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

    His lovely accent, his enthusiasm at every stage of his life and the lives of the other people in his world. He did a great job being the voice of the others.


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

    Both. It's hilariously funny in parts and I honestly believe humor made his life bearable. I can vividly remember laughing out loud at times. But it's horribly sad as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't tell you the number of times I've listened to this book. I first read the print version but the audio is so much better. Most audiobooks seem to bring stories more to life in my experience.This is a truly wonderful story.Frank McCourt was a master storyteller.

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    Terri 11-08-15
    Terri 11-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book... An Even Better Audiobook"
    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, comical, and tragic all at once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I read the story years ago, I thought it was a great book, but there were some major differences. First, I don't think I enjoyed the humor to the same degree as I did listing to Frank McCourt tell his story like no one else could. Also, I was not inspired to move onto the second book in the written form, but I couldn't wait to download it after listening to Angela's Ashes... and I am enjoying it just as much.

    Bravo, Frank McCourt!


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    ProfGolf 11-01-15
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    "A real performance."

    The story is an unrelenting saga of the indignities of poverty. But it is read so movingly by the author that it has real emotional power. I don't know if this would come across in print. But it's as good an audio book performance as I've ever heard. Recommended for anyone with feelings.

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    dave2782 10-20-15
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    "One of the Best!!"

    This book is great, I really felt like I was walking on the streets of Limerick with Mr McCourt. I truly felt like I was listening to a story being told by a young boy no an older man. You could still hear the innocents in his voice as he laid out the story. He really give you the since of how bad things were in the thirties during the Great Depression. You feel the people's pains and hardships as if you are experiencing them for yourself.

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