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Review and Giveaway: A Long Stone’s Throw – Audio Book

February 5, 2009


A Long Stone’s Throw is the memoir of Alphie McCourt,  the youngest of the McCourt clan – his brothers are Frank (Angela’s Ashes) and Malachy (A Monk Swimming).  He starts his story in New York, shortly after immigrating from Ireland.  His story is not all that unique.  He struggles to find his way and makes lots of mistakes, like going to Canada to play a game of rugby after applying for his green card.  He was denied admission to the US when he attempted to return.  He spent a short stint in the Army and even took a class at the college Carl and I attended.  He does flashback to his childhood in Ireland and mentions Frank and Malachy a few times, but those are only minor parts of the story.  Alphie struggles with alcohol and finds himself working in bars and restaurants in California.  He finally returns to New York and seems to settle down when he gets married and has a child.

I listened to the audio version of this book.  It’s on 9 CDs and takes about 11 hours to listen to.  It is read by the author and I loved his accent and especially enjoyed it when he broke out into song.  The story did get mired down in small details at times, but overall, it was enjoyable.

Hachette Books is allowing me to offer 3 copies of this Audio Book.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please).  I will use to determine the winners.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Tuesday, February 17, 2009.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

42 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2009 6:20 am

    It seems like the MacCourt family is full of suffering in their memoirs. I tried to read Angela’s Ashes and couldn’t get through it. The first couple of chapter were just way too depressing for me.

  2. February 5, 2009 7:06 am

    I’d like to win a copy of this audio. Thanks for the offer! I read all of Frank’s books. Angela’s Ashes was the best read for me. I could get through the depressing details but it was (is) the damp, gray feeling I experience whenever the book comes to mind!

  3. February 5, 2009 7:21 am

    Sounds interesting. I’ve read most of his brother’s books. I’m trying to get into audio books.

  4. February 5, 2009 7:53 am

    HI please enter me in the drawing. I really like Irish lit, maybe because my great grandmother came from there. This story sounds interesting. Angela’s Ashes to me was an enjoyable story, full of pathos and emotion.

  5. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 5, 2009 8:39 am

    I love when the author reads his own book. Please sign me up.

  6. February 5, 2009 9:54 am

    I liked Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes; it was very moving. I’ll keep this one on my radar, but please don’t enter me in the giveaway because it’ll be ages before I get around to listening.

  7. February 5, 2009 10:12 am

    I’ve read all of Frank McCourt’s books and enjoyed them. I’d love to be entered, thanks!

    Diary of an Eccentric
    diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

  8. MeMe permalink
    February 5, 2009 10:34 am

    I would love one of these………………….

  9. February 5, 2009 11:13 am

    I seem to always fall asleep with books on tape. Come to think about it, I do that quite a bit with a book in my hand! However, with the book in hand, I at least know where I “left off.” lol

  10. February 5, 2009 11:31 am

    Good review Kathy. I’d really like to win a copy of this. I loved Angela’s Ashes. I think it would be great to listen to his story.
    bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Melanie permalink
    February 5, 2009 11:49 am

    My birthday (& my husbands) is Feb. 17th. This would be a great present for me:)

  12. February 5, 2009 12:58 pm

    I am a little on the fence about his brother book, Angela’s Ashes. True, it is his story to tell but I am not sure the picture he paints of Limerick and Ireland and his family is quite fair. Great drama but..
    I would love to win this and see his brother’s take on it and on the experience of coming to the US from Ireland, as my own father did.

  13. February 5, 2009 1:19 pm

    I think this is one that several members of my family would enjoy.

  14. February 5, 2009 1:21 pm

    what a fantastic memoir. I’d love to be entered. I really enjoyed Frank McCourt’s book about his teaching days.

  15. carogonza permalink
    February 5, 2009 1:39 pm

    I would love to read this book!! Thanks.

  16. February 5, 2009 2:13 pm

    Don’t enter me. I just wanted to say I loved your review, as always. I wish I could do “succinct” like you do. 🙂

  17. February 5, 2009 3:17 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this audio book. Nice review as always. Excited to hear Alphie burst into song. 🙂

  18. February 5, 2009 4:35 pm

    I’ll have to take a look at this one, I missed it altogether …

  19. February 5, 2009 5:35 pm

    I have this audio book, so I don’t need to be entered. I loved Angela’s Ashes….I’m hoping to enjoy this as much as that one.

    Marta’s Meanderings

  20. February 5, 2009 8:41 pm

    Please count me in.

  21. February 5, 2009 10:16 pm

    Since I’m a new convert to audiobooks, I’ll toss my hat in the ring.

  22. February 5, 2009 10:20 pm

    I’d probably enjoy this one! I liked his brother’s book Angela’s Ashes even though I read it several years ago.

  23. alirambles permalink
    February 5, 2009 11:00 pm

    I’d love a copy of this, not for myself (audio books are hard for me!), but to give to my mother-in-law, who’s legally blind and listens to them all the time. She has Irish heritage and loved Frank McCourt’s books so this would be perfect for her.

  24. February 5, 2009 11:33 pm

    Oh My God! Are you really in Bermuda? I LOVE IT THERE!!! Only been for 6 days in my life, in 1996. But I have my whole diningroom decorated in Bermudiana. Pinkish beach walls, the full monty.

    I wonder is the woman still alive at the Railway Museum there? She was so sweet to the hubby and me.

    Sorry this is off-topic. I love when readers break out into song!

  25. February 6, 2009 3:17 am

    I would love to win this audio book! I really enjoyed reading Frank McCourt’s books.

  26. February 6, 2009 9:26 am

    I’ve posted this on Win A Book. Bermuda sounds really nice at this time of year, especially here in PA.

  27. February 6, 2009 10:01 am

    This sounds really good! Please enter me 🙂

  28. February 6, 2009 10:21 am

    The McCourt brothers are so talented! please enter me.

  29. February 6, 2009 12:46 pm

    Hachette always offers such amazing give-aways. Why don’t I live in North America 😉

    Oh well, I’ll live 🙂

    This sounds very interesting. I have read one of Frank McCourt’s books and it was very good!

  30. Tracey Byram permalink
    February 6, 2009 2:42 pm

    Audiobooks are the perfect thing when I’m doing housework or laundry.

  31. Wendy aka misswendiki permalink
    February 6, 2009 2:59 pm

    I’d love to win!

  32. Darby Lohrding permalink
    February 6, 2009 7:58 pm

    I am really getting into the audio books lately, so much that my husband always wants to know why I’m sitting in the car…. : }
    Please enter me!!!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  33. February 6, 2009 10:06 pm

    I have this one in my reading pile and can’t wait to listen to it!

  34. February 7, 2009 2:28 am

    I would love a chance to win. ❤

  35. Sharon Walling permalink
    February 7, 2009 2:15 pm

    Please enter me in this contest. I want to start listening to audio books. Thanks

  36. February 8, 2009 11:15 pm

    I’ve read and enjoyed both of Frank McCourt’s books, so I’d love the chance to hear Alphie’s story. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  37. February 9, 2009 5:56 am

    I’ve read all of Frank McCourt’s books, and would love to read this book. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you!
    I enjoyed the review.



  38. Pamela S permalink
    February 12, 2009 7:59 pm

    I loved all of Frank McCourt’s book and look forward to this also. Thanks so much.

  39. February 13, 2009 12:49 am

    Ooh, I love Frank McCourt’s books, so hearing his brother’s story would be interesting. Definitely sign me up. tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com Thanks!

  40. Sara Miller permalink
    February 13, 2009 4:42 pm

    Please enter me, I’ve read both Franks and Malachy’s books. Might as well round it out with the entire clan. Thanks!

    Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com

  41. February 15, 2009 11:58 am

    What a talented family! I have read all the McCourt books and would love to listen to this latest family member’s book. Thank you for letting me enter!

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