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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank McCourt Narrator: Frank McCourt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780743552233
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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

  • “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

  • “An enthralling work of autobiographical storytelling.”

    Los Angeles Times

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

    USA Today

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

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kasso | 2/19/2014

    " Definitely a negative portrayal of teaching and education, but unfortunately it's the reality of many teachers. He is a classic burned out teacher. So very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 2/14/2014

    " Inspiring story of his teaching experience. I loved his books so much, I managed to get a signed copy of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felice | 2/1/2014

    " Hysterical. He's a master story-teller. And, that's what this is, a story. That's it. Get to know the man who is worth knowing . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/24/2014

    " My parents gave this book to me when I was midway through being a teacher with the Teach for America program. Although McCourt's experience was not contemporaneous to this day, the themes and encounters he experienced in the classroom rang true for me. A great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/24/2014

    " No Angela's Ashes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chileankeon Cordero | 1/19/2014

    " interesting...can relate... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/19/2014

    " a little self-congratulatory, Mr. McCourt "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 1/2/2014

    " Teachers will love this book and parents should read it to get a glimpse into what teachers deal with every day. This can be a stand-alone book, but I highly recommend Angela's Ashes, in which he tells about growing up in Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/28/2013

    " A realistic look at the world of teaching, as well as into this remarkable man's life. I read everything written by Frank McCourt and recommend it ALL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kieran | 12/12/2013

    " so far quite funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 12/11/2013

    " Frank McCourt is a master, is he not? In this case, a school master. Engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Towne | 12/9/2013

    " Good! Made me want to read more Frank McCourt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bev | 11/20/2013

    " Interesting...picked it up at a discount book store at the beach. Otherwise, probably wouldn't have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 10/28/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luisa | 10/17/2013

    " I found that the author tended to focus a little more on his own neuroses than on the work he did as a teacher. I thought there would be more reflection about his teaching career. The book is fine, but the title is a little misleading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 10/3/2013

    " The last chapter justified the book. In earlier sections, the author/narrator sounds a little bored and jaded at times, creating that feeling in me as I listened. But in the last bit, when he opens up about writing the stories of our lives, he moved me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathee | 7/5/2013

    " Having read this book toward the end of my career, I think Frank has had some of my students in his class. Of course this can not be true because both his and mind students didnot have a brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 9/29/2012

    " Listened to the audiobook on a drive the weekend - read by McCourt. Always enjoyed his writing style and Teacher Man was no let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabella | 6/22/2012

    " Would give 3,5 if possible. Decent memoir but I never quite got into McCourt's writing still...I didn't like Angela's Ashes (like, at all). Enjoyed some of th interviews I heard w/ him much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrfulch | 12/28/2011

    " He wrote the book I've always thought I could write but wrote it better than I could ever dream to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Brogan | 12/23/2011

    " I love everything McCourt puts out... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 12/17/2011

    " Some interesting glimpses into teaching surrounded by the author's personal struggles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/28/2011

    " Lovely, and such a timely read since he just passed away. He never gave up his desire to teach on his own terms-never mind what other people had to say! Highly recommend this book, not just for teachers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Wareham | 7/24/2011

    " This book is great. I loved reading it. I could read over and over again. Frank McCourt is a great writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/23/2011

    " what a wonderful book!! everyone should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 6/12/2011

    " If you like McCourt's writing style you'll enjoy his stories of teaching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 6/10/2011

    " Interesting perspective from a perceptive teacher. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Frank McCourtFrank McCourt (1930–2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.