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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (39 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: September 1999 ISBN: 9780743549677
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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.

    Newsweek

  • ’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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 Glenna Harris | 2/12/2014

    " Soooo disappointing after Angela's Ashes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brock | 2/11/2014

    " I love McCourt's writing style. I loved Angela's Ashes when I read it, and I'm looking forward to Teacher Man when I finally get around to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/31/2014

    " Just like his last one, this one was touching and sad and funny all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/22/2014

    " Lacks the emotional punch of "Angela's Ashes," but is an effective conclusion to many of the themes and threads developed in the earlier work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 1/18/2014

    " non fiction book on tape. Loved this story about Frank McCourt's life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 1/13/2014

    " Definitely not as good as Angela's Ashes. It was so disappointing that i didn't even bother reading Teacher Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Hart | 12/16/2013

    " I also enjoyed this one. His adventures continue in America and things pick up for him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randi Miller | 11/12/2013

    " I did not like this even half as much as Angela's Ashes. I felt as though this was a "just because I can" type of book. Nothing inspiring and really quite a downer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 10/10/2013

    " Tis was great. I enjoy reading anything Irish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/7/2013

    " I liked it. His stories are easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krissy | 8/26/2013

    " Wished I could say that I loved this one as much as I loved Angela's Ashes, but I didn't. Still interesting (and again, I "heard" this one as audio, which made it come alive with McCourt's own narrating) but his childhood (subject of Angela's Ashes) had much more evocative material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ros | 8/12/2013

    " Beautifully written part two really keeps you involved "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherri | 7/12/2013

    " I just found it hard to stick to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 3/13/2013

    " Wonderful-as good as Angela's ashes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 12/14/2012

    " i thought it was really good but he had a kinda funky way of writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 10/26/2012

    " I like the way Frank McCourt writes his books but there's something aobut it that can get tire-ing at times. On the other hand, I love how he tells his own unic story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 8/8/2012

    " Liked this book and found it a far easier read than "Angela's Ashes." I enjoyed his humor and his wit and found the way he tried to fit into life in America entertaining and heart wrenching at the same time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherie | 7/11/2012

    " Any book following Angela's Ashes is certain to be a let-down. But it is well written and tells what happens to Frank in his adult life. I found myself cringing at his life choices, but at no time does he encourage the reader to feel sorry for him or his state of affairs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/13/2012

    " not as good as angela's ashes. very dark, yet still interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/6/2011

    " I loved this book just as much as Angela's Ashes. Frank McCourt is such a fabulous storyteller. So sad that he is gone; he seemed to be such a good man and a caring teacher. I enjoyed his brother Malachy's book too; although not as much as Franks'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abigail | 12/5/2011

    " Not the best of McCourt's books. The second out of three books he's written to date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 9/24/2011

    " Not as good as Angela's Ashes...still interesting though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Wheeler | 6/12/2011

    " This made me proud to be Irish. I laughed and cried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/22/2011

    " Almost as good as Angela's Ashes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/13/2011

    " Didn't like this one quite as much as Angela's ashes but still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/11/2011

    " i love the way that frank mccourt narrates the story of his life, he is at times selfpitying but doesnt apologise for it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/24/2011

    " Frank McCourt is a wordsmith who bleeds compassion. For reals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 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. Read all three of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 4/20/2011

    " slow,liked the part where he taught high school in New York "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/18/2011

    " The subject matter was very interesting, but in one ways it felt like on very long run-on sentence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/15/2011

    " It was good to hear the second part of his life. Still sad but nice to have closure knowing he had a better life in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ants | 4/15/2011

    " A good friend of mine is Roman Catholic. I grew up with Catholics on the East Coast. Based on this book, I was flabbergasted as to the guilt that the author carried from his Catholic roots.

    Sheesh!

    Who would have known, if it was not that well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 61pat | 4/14/2011

    " Avevo già letto ehi prof! e mi era piaciuto, questo è stato una conferma. Ben scritto, avvincente anche se non è un giallo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lola | 4/6/2011

    " Book #2 (of 3) of McCourt's memoirs. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/1/2011

    " As with McCourts' previous work, I was sad to finish this. You just keep hoping for one more chapter. This picks up where "Angela's Ashes" left off and goes all the way through to the deaths of McCourts' parents. It takes you from laughter to sorrow and back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/27/2011

    " Tis was really good read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read books that are written out of life experiences. It didn't however have the same impact as Angela's ashes. "

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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.