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Author: Frank McCourt Narrator: Frank McCourt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780743552462
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Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of 66, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as he works to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally-charged or indifferent adolescents. McCourt's rocky marriage, his failed attempt to get a Ph.D. at Trinity College, Dublin, and his repeated firings due to his propensity to talk back to his superiors ironically lead him to New York's most prestigious school, Stuyvesant High School, where he finally finds a place and a voice.

For McCourt, storytelling itself is the source of salvation and in Teacher Man the journey to redemption -- and literary fame -- is an exhilarating adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • McCourt sings, we weep. He speaks, we are transported. The six-hour audiobook is riveting. The production shows exactly how recording can enliven and enhance a text."
    -- The Christian Science Monitor on Angela's Ashes
  • “Frank McCourt has done it again....Teacher Man is an irresistible valedictory, about a man finding his voice in the classroom, on the page, and in his soul.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A beguiling, moving story…McCourt describes the teacher we all wish we’d had.”

    Washington Post

  • “As good as writing gets about teaching and learning.”

    USA Today

  • “An enthralling work of autobiographical storytelling.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A brilliantly funny, poignant, brilliant hoot of a book.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidik | 5/17/2011

    " SIX WORD REVIEW: Just when that bridge looked appealing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 5/6/2011

    " Disturbing book. Real life is very often. Definitely worth the time to read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 4/29/2011

    " Inspiring look into the life of a teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davor | 4/24/2011

    " In comparison with Angela's ashes and 'Tis - Teacher man is simply not on the same level.
    However it is still very, very interesting reading. Easygoing and captivating.
    Also, as teaching interests me - I found this book quite insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/24/2011

    " Definitely a negative portrayal of teaching and education, but unfortunately it's the reality of many teachers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antje | 4/23/2011

    " Just love his skill of writing with which he succeeds to present even the most dire situations in a somewhat humorous light. But in this book he is a little "full of himself". Read all three of his books. "

About the Author

Frank McCourt (1930–2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. He taught in New York City high schools for thirty years. His first book, Angela’s Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award and the John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education in 2006.