Angela's Ashes - Audio Cassette - Abridged Author:Frank McCourt, Frank McCourt (Narrator) "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." — So begins the luminous mem... more »oir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.
Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
Imbued with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion -- and movingly read in his own voice -- Angela's Ashes is a glorious audiobook that bears all the marks of a classic.
The story is told by the author, Frank McCourt, in his own, thick accent which pulls you into the story. I have kids and it was very difficult to listen to the family's hardships - especially the first tape. It was heart wrenching. But I still listened and it was compelling. Its a tale of Frank's childhood. His relationship with his father was complex - he reviled him but loved him. His mother did whatever it took to take care of her children. Frank gives a vivid picture of what poverty was like in that time. Despite it being difficult to listen to, I still highly recommend listening to it.