Written By: Frank McCourt

Narrated By: Frank McCourt

Date: September 1999

Duration: 14 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

A #1 New York Times bestseller and the eagerly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angela’s Ashes, this masterpiece from Frank McCourt tells of his American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur.

Frank McCourt’s glorious childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have ’Tis, the story of Frank’s American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this “classless country,” and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank’s incomparable voice—his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue—that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should “stick to their own kind” once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach—and to write—that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela’s Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela’s Ashes, “It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best.” Frank McCourt's ’Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Having previously read and enjoyed Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, I thought this book was even better! Quick, easy read. Very well written and gave a lot of insight into the author's life. Very humorous too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • test test

    Having previously read and enjoyed Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, I thought this book was even better! Quick, easy read. Very well written and gave a lot of insight into the author's life. Very humorous too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bruce Curson

    Tis, the sequel to Angela's Ashes, falls a tad short of the genius found in the first book. With that said, Tis still deserves a "recommend highly" review. McCourt's story contains raw emotion and powerful human experieinces all interlaced with his wry sense of humor. The author also provides listeners with a special treat as he personally narrates the book in his rich but easy going Irish brogue. If you liked Angela's Ashes, you will also enjoy Tis. I suggest that you read the autobiographical stories in order, Angela's Ashes and then Tis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Shane

    He is as good and pure story teller as we have around today. The fact that he tells "real" stories from his own past make it all the more lovable. And his accent is the BEST. JUST GREAT

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • AZJEM

    Although I can't argue that Frank McCourt is an exceptional writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his voice, I found this book a bit depressing, and wished I had rented the abridged version, instead of the 12 unabridged CDs. It seems that whenever Frank desired and worked very hard for something (a better job, an education, a girl), he seemed never satisfied with what he had. It just went on and on with many unhappy experiences, and only a few snatches of humor and happiness. I'll have to think long and hard before I decide if Angela's Ashes is worth my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Allison Scobie-Lloyd

    The author transports you into his world, fraught with difficulties and mini-triumphs. His narrative is often funny and irreverent, at times seems sad but unsentimental... read in his delicious accent it was an absolute delight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brad

    Heard alot of good things about Frank McCourt and his writing, but I just couldn't get through all the swearing. It started off with a trickle and then turned into a deluge. Got to a point where I couldn't stand it any longer.

  • Anonymous

    After listening to Angela's Ashes and appreciating the life, dreams and humor of Frank McCourt seeking a better life in America's promised land I was eager to download 'Tis to learn where Frank's life adventures took him. He is a remarkable individual with a keen storytelling way about him.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was very funny...so much better than book 1 that he wrote. I highly recommend this book.

  • Sharon S

    Wonderful book - excellent story telling and loved the way Frank narrated - his impersonations were hilarious and entertaining. I was almost sad when it ended....

  • Patrick T. Donohue

    Tis is a most entertaining but sad book. I wish Frank McCourt was a bit more tolerant of his mother's weaknesses. I think he would be happier. He neglects to cover his own failures, most importantly his own marriage, with the same degree of harshness he dishes out to his mother. She made a bad choice in a mate and her marriage failed; he made a good choice and still his marriage failed. He is very successful professionally and a failure personnally.

  • Anonymous

    Although I could easily relate to much of his Irish truths I found the book less than likable. There was to much swearing(I swear as much as the next person, but this was over the top). Sorry Frank McCourt.

  • Kevin Morton

    Excellent book - funny, poignant, full of rich characters, and the author's reading was a great and pleasant surprise - enriched the experince. Thanks. : )

  • Anonymous

    What a joy to listen to. I read Angela's Ashes years ago, but had forgotten how this author can make a painful story enjoyable to read. This book also made me look forward to the story that was sometimes heartbreaking. That the book is read by its author only adds to its flavor.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic follow up to Angela's Ashes. Both books are so very personal and told with a dry wit that leaves you smiling through your tears. McCourt is so wonderfully human. If only we all could write so intimately.

  • Amy

    Fantastic book! I loved Frank McCourt's honesty, humour and story telling ability. He did a great narration too.

  • David Gardner

    This was a pleasure to listen to, especially when read by Frank McCourt himself. Even though his background is completely different from mine, I still understood how he felt in a strange city as a young man trying to make his way in the world. Mr. McCourt is a master of memoir. I highly recommend this book.

  • Gem SPECTOR

    A rich tapestry is woven by McCourt out of his experiences growing up in Ireland and immigrating to America. He meets personalities, characters, and bums, while always drawn to teaching. He married, tried to lead a 'normal' American life, but failed. McCourt learned a hard lesson, but he shares the pain, loneliness, and ultimately, self-acceptance from his life experiences. Submitted by Gem Spector

  • Renee Locks

    I delighted in McCourt's honesty and humor and his excellent insight as a teacher.

  • Robert Neally

    really an excelent book. the story telling by mr. mccourt made it a pleasure to listen to.

  • Gem Spector

    A rich tapestry is woven by McCourt out of his experiences growing up in Ireland and immigrating to America. He meets personalities, characters, and bums, while always drawn to teaching. He married, tried to lead a 'normal' American life, but failed. McCourt learned a hard lesson, but he shares the pain,loneliness, and ultimately, self-acceptance from his life experiences.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    I was very disappointed with the sequel to Angela's Ashes, which I loved. This second book lacked much of the character that I loved in the first. McCourt became someone whom you really don't like after a while.

  • Amy Easley

    I really enjoyed this book. If you have read Angela's Ashes then you have to read how Frankie makes it in America. It was completely touching and really made me feel like I knew this entire family like my own.

  • Anonymous

    “’Tis” may be a good historical document, but I found it very offensive. We could have learned about the hard times that the Irish Immigrants had without all the bad language. In fact we could have followed it better if all the obscenities were cut out. I didn’t care to listen to the whole book.

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