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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,973 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:
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Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by listeners everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice -- his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue -- that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blond, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach -- and to write -- that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of listeners in Angela's Ashes comes of age.

Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly-awaited audiobooks of our time, and it is a masterpiece. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “’Tis a success story, after all.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Candid and compelling.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “McCourt remains a subtle, hypnotic writer...Readers expecting a reprise of Angela’s Ashes will find much to love in the new book...McCourt grows up both as a man and a writer in ’Tis.”

    Sunday Oregonian

  • “Another gift filled with all the humanity and poignancy of the first...heartfelt...sprawling...complex.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “A glorious book...by turns heart-wrenching and hilarious. It is a compelling portrait of the American immigrant experience.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • ’Tis is a gem...And if you don’t have a tear in your eye when you read the last sentence in the book, you’ve missed a little something.”

    Newark Star-Ledger

  • “’Tis is the story of a man finding two great vocations—teaching and storytelling...a...lyrical conclusion to the story begun in Angela’s Ashes.” 

    Newsweek

  • ’Tis, Frank McCourt’s second memoir, is all the things his last memoir was—funny, sad as hell, written with sentences that seem to come from the dream you wish you hadn’t woken up from—but has the additional benefit of being all about New York.”

    Vogue

  • “Fans of McCourt should fear not: a second superb memoir proves he is the real thing.”

    Elle

  • “Hilarious and heartwarming.”

    Mademoiselle

  • “The second installment in McCourt’s fluent and bewitchingly candid memoir will be eagerly embraced by a reading public madly in love with...Angela’s Ashes.

    Booklist

  • “There’s no denying McCourt’s engaging wit.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darcy | 2/7/2014

    " Liked it, but if I'm going to read Frank McCourt, I choose Angela's Ashes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kamila | 2/2/2014

    " I'm sad I bought this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/1/2014

    " Not nearly as good as Angela's Ashes, but still entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kerry | 1/27/2014

    " I could not get into this book at all and I like Frank McCourt. I got futher in Malachy McCourt's book and he's a terrible writer but at least his terrible writing made me curious so I plower further in. "

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