Fascinating, moving, and disturbing.
I listened to the unabridged version of this book during commuting, and longer trips home, etc. i think the added value of hearing frank mccourt in his own voice is tremendous! you get a true flavor from his impersonations of all the characters, you hear him sing the songs is drunk father sung to him, hear him chirp out the obedient calls to stearn teachers, etc. you can tell from the many reviews here and elsewhere in the press that the book is a great one. it truely brings home the horrors of growing up in extreme poverty, and all it brings, including sickness, ignorance, etc. but growing up in it you have little perspective to judge how horrible your situation is, so mccourt doesn't whine about it, rather accounts for it in almost a matter-of-fact way. the horrors speak for themselves - louder than any editorializing could ever do.