Angela's Ashes

  • by Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by Frank McCourt
  • 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the late '30s and in Ireland in the '40s. It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums; too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brought the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.Written with the vitality and resonance of a work of fiction, and a remarkable absence of sentimentality, Angela's Ashes is imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's distinctive humour and compassion. Out of terrible circumstances, he has created a glorious book in the tradition of Ireland's literary masters, which bears all the marks of a great classic.


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Customer Reviews

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A brilliantly narrated story that always had me rooting for Frank. Rising from the ashes indeed
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I get the feeling this is a true story

What did you love best about Angela's Ashes?

The indepth understanding of the Irish

What did you like best about this story?

A little raunch and roughness on the appropriate occasion

Which scene was your favorite?

The various ones when the drunken father showed he loved his children no matter what

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Pity it is only available in the abridged version. It is a book that lends itself to both listening to and reading

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited