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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: Unabridged 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 readers 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 age 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 blonde, 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 readers in Angela’s Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela’s Ashes, “It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best.” Frank McCourt's ’Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • ’Tis has those elements that made Angela’s Ashes such a success—the narrative brio, the fierce sympathy for human tie and torment, the intuitive feel for character, and above all the love of language.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • ’Tis is the story of a man finding two great vocations—teaching and storytelling…a hard-nosed but lyrical conclusion to the story begun in Angela’s Ashes.


  • ’Tis is Grammy material, and a perfect example of how an author’s voice can enhance the written word.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The appeal of McCourt as a reader of his own memoirs lies in his ability to express a sustained sense of wonder at the world around him.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Entertaining…In fleet words, he evokes eccentrics and heroes.”

    Library Journal

  • “The second installment in McCourt’s fluent and bewitchingly candid memoir will be eagerly embraced by a reading public madly in love with the first, the award-winning and bestselling Angela's Ashes. Here McCourt, still simultaneously voluble and precise, chronicles his return to New York, the city of his birth…Not to be missed.”


  • “The irrepressible McCourt’s follow-up memoir has the same driving rhythm, charm, and infectious humor that so captivated readers of the earlier installment…There’ s no denying McCourt’s engaging wit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katy Brandes | 2/15/2014

    " Good continuation of Angela's Ashes. Love Frank McCourt's style of writing. He was the master storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/13/2014

    " Didn't live up to Angela's Ashes, but what an unfairly high standard to use. Of course, on the other hand, I would have had little or no interest in this book had it not been for Angela's Ashes. I don't plan on reading Teacher Man; I just haven't heard enough positive buzz about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by dvsdiva26 | 2/12/2014

    " I love Frank McCourt. His account of his life is inspirational, cant wait to pick up Teacher Man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Glenna Harris | 2/12/2014

    " Soooo disappointing after Angela's Ashes! "

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