- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 15 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 16, 1999
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000547CQ
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Angela's Ashes Audiobook – Unabridged
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Although sometimes comically written, McCourt's childhood memories in Limerick, Ireland, primarily portrayed appalling living conditions, irresponsible parents, and ignorance beyond belief.
In my opinion, most of this ignorance was from the ridiculously undying devotion to the Catholic Church. Even though, the church repeatedly slammed the door into the faces of poor, they still believed.
I was very depressed when I finished the book and if I'd had one wish in my life, it would have been to change my Irish last name. But, then I asked myself, so, why did I keep reading? I was hoping for a happy ending, which it was...sort of. But, for other reasons, too.
To credit McCourt, he did write a compelling book or I wouldn't have picked it up off the floor night after night. Every stereotypical Irish joke is supported (i.e., drunken fathers, constantly pregnant mothers, etc.), which were hopefully attributed to the times.
But I also learned about the pride of the Irish during some of the worst treatment and struggles that one country can endure. If nothing else, I've gained knowledge of the strength of the Irish. And meaning of those fight songs I hear at the Irish pubs. ☺
My recommendation: it's a fascinating read, but if your ancestors were Irish immigrants, prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster ride. It's maddenly worth it.
His descriptions of most everything were so vivid that you could almost smell the terrible conditions he grew up in. It was sad, but one did laugh at some of his remarks.
Then in New York his love of the Library - his life in the United States.
After listening to his book I heard he and his brother speak in a New York City off Broadway Theatre. What a great experience!