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Angela's Ashes

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Narrated By: Frank McCourt

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 1998

Duration: 4 hours 17 minutes


"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.

Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

Imbued with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion -- and movingly read in his own voice -- Angela's Ashes is a glorious audiobook that bears all the marks of a classic.


  • Bruce Curson

    This is a great book ... from the narration to the story line. Highly recommended. Now I can't wait to get the sequel ... "Tis".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • rsecore

    Beautifully written and narrated by the author. It is evident as to why many high schools have added this book to their curriculum.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • regina ryan

    A terrible life, redeemed by human tenacity. His reading makes it unforgettable.

  • Jim Seymour

    This is the third time I've listened to this memoir and I have read it twice. 'Nuff said.

  • SIM in NY

    Loved this story. Tragic and amusing at times the story of poverty in Ireland kept me interested for 15 hours.

  • Carrie Ritchie

    I loved this book. The narration was excellent! I highly recommend it.

  • Anonymous

    This book was extremely depressing, I couldn't wait for it to end.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the book, but was disappointed it was the abridged version. Too many details were left out.

  • Anonymous

    Very boring. Poor ending. Hard to understand the narrator. The story is not that interesting. The end just stops without notice.

  • wlh2040

    I rented this book because I have read about it for quite some time, and have seen the movie. If you have seen the movie and are considering renting the book to better understand the movie, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover the two are virtually nothing alike. The book is MUCH better, in every way. Narration is also superb!