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Angela's Ashes Audiobook

Angela's Ashes

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Publisher's Summary

A Radio 4 Book Club Selection.

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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©1996 Frank McCourt; (P)1999 Harper Collins UK

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  • A User
    4/06/12
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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?

    No


    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • DrSeun
    3/11/14
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    "Lovely story"
    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Sarcastic, funny, Inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angela's Ashes?

    When he 'helped himself' to the dead woman's loot...I kept on laughing at his use of words there


    What does Frank McCourt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I am into accents and hearing the rich Irish and american accents made me feel as If I was there watching it all.


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

    Yes...very sad that it was abridged.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twinkle984
    22/11/15
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angela's Ashes to be better than the print version?

    I was really looking forward to listening to Angela's Ashes as i adore the film. I was disappointed to find that the audible story was abridged. I never see the point in listening to an abridged version of a story as you are missing out on so much and it just seems pointless. I did not realise this was abridged until i had already bought it. Good book but would have loved to hear the entire story.


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  • Cynthia
    Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    11/06/08
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    "Angela's Ashes-GREAT!!"

    Great listening, difficult to switch off. Very true to how Ireland and the Catholic Church were at the time and at least through the 50's and 60's. Hopefully it's not so bad there now.

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