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'Tis a blessing that the author narrates his own work. McCourt follows up his Audie Award-winning performance in Angela's Ashes with another brilliant reading as he chronicles his return to post-World War II New York. Like all good storytellers, McCourt has good stories to tell; 'Tis pulses with grim adversity and quiet triumphs--character-shaping moments that gain the listener's empathy. What makes McCourt a great storyteller is his ability to give these moments just the right amount of humor and perspective. His lyrical tones are wise but not weary; he's survived life's challenges to tell his tale. And while it may be trite to credit McCourt's verbal skills to his Irish heritage, these war stories were undoubtedly polished amongst friends in the pubs. 'Tis is Grammy material, and a perfect example of how an author's voice can enhance the written word. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --Rob McDonald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The appeal of McCourt as a reader of his own memoirs (Angela's Ashes flourished commercially on audio, in both abridged and unabridged formats) lies in his ability to express a sustained sense of wonder at the world around him. Also, his brogue is classic, an Irish species unto itself. Here he takes up where he left off in his last book, arriving in America. He is first guided by an Irish bartender who tells him to go to the New York Public Library and read Samuel Johnson. Thus assimilated, he becomes a supply clerk for the army, stationed in postwar Germany, then a warehouse laborer living in a rooming house, before earning a college degree at NYU and settling down as a teacher at a rowdy vocational high school in Staten Island. Along the way come romance and immigrant's-eye life observations aplenty, and a growing sense of knowingness develops even as McCourt's hopes are dashed against disillusions. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover. Also available unabridged and on CD. (Sept.)
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I read Angela's Ashes and enjoyed it. But in this book Frank just sort of bumbles through life. According to my iPad I'm 72% of the way through the book and I don't see that he's... Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Keay
Oh my gosh!! One of my all time favorite books. What an amazing man! Wish I had met him. After reading this book, I went back and read all the books he wrote. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amber M.
A good book where the story is a true one and told by his main character. A man who was a foreigner in Ireland and also in New York. Read morePublished 24 days ago by amateco
Easy reading and educational. By all means read "Angela's Ashes" first, and you will want to continue with this one.Published 1 month ago by JEAN ANDERSON
I was bored early on but came to appreciate getting the author's first-hand experience.Published 1 month ago by John C. Wadman
This is not as interesting as his first book Angela's Ashes but it's a sequel to his life so I found it good reading.Published 2 months ago by RICK GILBERT
This was a wonderful followup book to 'Angela's Ashes' which was also a very good book.Published 2 months ago by B. Menzer