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Publisher's Summary

The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured our hearts in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes comes of age in 'Tis. Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances. And though he left school at 14, he talks his way into New York University, 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. And for those of us who are lucky enough to come across his writings - and captivating readings - 'Tis a wonderful thing that he did.
©1999 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"To his Irish-American credit, [McCourt] acknowledges his heritage as his cross as well as his prize�" (The New York Times)
"'Tis is a hard-nosed but lyrical conclusion to the story begun in Angela's Ashes." (Newsweek)

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get unabridged edition instead

I loved Angela's Ashes and was really looking forward to Tis. Unfortunately, I goofed and bought the abridged version in error. I definitely feel I missed out. There were sections where I asked myself how we arrived at that place until I remembered I had the "short" version. Never again!

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Brilliant

having not read the book first i dont think it would have translated quite as well without the fantastic narration by the author. The simplistic style and complete honesty is very refreshing.Being Irish there are many apsects of This book that only the irish can appreciate, The hardship, the emotional backwardness and above all the comedy.

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Gifted Storyteller

Would you consider the audio edition of 'Tis to be better than the print version?

Never!

What did you like best about this story?

McCourt is a great storyteller and makes even the most mundane happenings entertaining and powerful.

Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

Frank himself!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-19

Abridged, do not buy.

Abridged version. Very disappointed. Do not buy this version. Not clearly stated, do not buy.

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  • tr56789
  • 08-15-21

Abridged

Great book, sad to have missed much of it due to the abridged version which isn't indicated in the description.

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  • Mr. S. B. D. Henderson
  • 07-10-21

Abridged but I haven’t read the original so it seemed quite complete to me

As other reviewers have pointed out, this is the abridged version, so since I haven’t read the original I didn’t notice anything missing from the story. It was very authentic to have McCourt’s voice telling his own story. The little inflections reveal the hidden meanings and jokes. Very enjoyable in a slightly sad kind of way...

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  • Callum G.
  • 08-20-15

Great book

Loved the book just unhappy it was advridged.

Love frank McCourt. True inspiration too me

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