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Teacher Man Audiobook

Teacher Man

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Publisher's Summary

Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of 66, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

©2005 Green Peril Corp.; (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Biography/Memoir

"Should be mandatory reading for every teacher in America. And it wouldn't hurt some politicians to read it, too." (Publishers Weekly)
"Teacher Man is an irresistible valedictory, about a man finding his voice in the classroom, on the page and in his soul." (The New York Times)

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    Sher from Provo Utah 10-25-10
    Sher from Provo Utah 10-25-10 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "A Master Teacher"

    Being a high school teacher myself, I found this book to be funny and heartwarming. It hit close to home, and I found myself commiserating with McCourt in many circumstances. He dignifies the profession of teaching, and makes me proud to be a teacher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, NY, United States 01-29-09
    David New York, NY, United States 01-29-09 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent for anyone"

    teachar or not -- you will love this book whether you are a teacher or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Harned, KY, USA 12-20-07
    Dale Harned, KY, USA 12-20-07
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    "Great Listen"

    As a school teacher, I found this book excellent. Even if I wasn't in the school business his style and self deprecating sense of humor makes an excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 10-15-07
    Karen 10-15-07
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    "another teacher"

    This past summer I heard the author speak at a teachers' convention...I had to get the book. It is his narration that I enjoyed so much. After spending the majority of my adult life in the English classroom, his students, situations, administration, and frustrations came to life in a memorable and humorous way...(and believe me, it isn't often humorous at the time)...thanks to the author for the laughs and the tears...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 10-13-07
    Richard 10-13-07

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "Three ouf three = genius"

    McCourt finally retired to write one book, then another, and then another. Each as good as the previous; all wonderful. I pray there's a fourth coming, then a fifth, and so forth.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Louisville, KY, USA 07-19-06
    Judith Louisville, KY, USA 07-19-06
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    "A bit whiny"

    I still love Frank McCourt's reading, but he seems to have found a forum for complaining in this book...I don't feel any sense of direction, we move back and forward in time, but through it all he has a lot to gripe about. In Angela's Ashes especially there was no hint of this. I do appreciate that he sheds light on how demanding a profession teaching is. Having trouble getting through the book because often I don't want to listen to his negativity.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Portland, OR, USA 06-30-06
    Misty Portland, OR, USA 06-30-06
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    "Where's the Teaching?"

    I love Frank McCourt, and I love that he reads his own work--it comes alive in a different way. I felt like Frank was just sitting me down and chatting the whole length of the book. I wish there were more teachable moments discussed. It felt like it was more about his struggle to become a teacher, a couple hilarious stories about his first year, and then his opinions about education today. What happened in those other 30 years of teaching, Frank?

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    A. Kaiser Architect 07-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Gets down the 60/s 70's bronx school experience"
    Where does Teacher Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its the funniest most entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Teacher Man to and why?

    Rag mans son by Kirk Douglas. the honesty, ability to look and critic themselves without mercy the pain of there impoverished child hoods.


    Have you listened to any of Frank McCourt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will now


    Any additional comments?

    Was a student in Bronx public schools concurrent to Mr. McCourts career. He got it down on paper right up to the deft imitation he does of the Bronx accent no doubt retribution for his student mimicry of him. Although my divorce was in Dutchess 75 mi north of NYC. I can see the same ironic humor procured by the "Lass" & firm that handled my divorce, Shenanigans, Malarkey & Collusion.

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    Tomer 01-12-17
    Tomer 01-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Everyone has a Story"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow. What an amazing book!

    Teacher Man was Frank McCourt's last of his three books and I usually dont say this, but I am sad that I dont have another book of his to read.

    McCourt is the heroine of the every day man (or woman)! He proves that no matter what one does in their lives, there is a story to tell. This is exactly what he is telling his students by the end of the book. Stories are found all around us, even if you feel that nothing "special" happens in your life. BS.

    I also loved how Frank wrote about being a teacher. It was so beautiful!

    I also listened to this book and the book is narrated by the author, Frank McCourt. His Irish accented voice emerges me into the story completely!

    I LOVE Frank McCourt!!!

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    Katerina Georgieva 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life Changer"

    I haven't been inspired so much in years. I love the author and his two previous books but this one made me fly.

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