John Adams led and Abigail led amazing lives . I was very pleased to learn all the details presented in this great book . Patriot Adams worked very long and hard for our nation and Mrs . Adams was quite a strong lady to have been able to bear all the years with her husband gone away on business of the nation . It was also very interesting to hear all the details of how the Adams children grew up . The letters read as part of the book give us a valuable gimps at how beautifully our colonial ancestors used the language . I highly recommend this book .
If given a choice I will usually take the unabridged of any audiobook however due to Edward Herman's talents as a narrator I opted for the abridged version in this case. As usual David McCullough's work is thorough and this material segues with his other work like 1776 quite well. 5 stars across the board!
John Adams' life presented in an interesting and engaging way, as only a master like McCullough can do.
I enjoyed this book. I am glad I decided on the abridged, however. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the female who filled in the gaps occasionally. She reminded me of the voice on an emergency weather radio that I think is computerized, yuk!
McCullough brings to life the story of a most amazing American. While we are taught much about Washington and Jefferson, I wonder how this true patriot has never received his share of credit for the creation of the country - until now. One of the best biographies I have ever read. McCullough makes you understand the mind, the efforts of a remarkable man. He gave his whole life to create a nation. Thanks to McCullough for a well written historical novel we can now know more about John Adams and his influence on the birth of this country.
An excellent narration by Edward Herman makes this audio book a delight to listen to. McCullough has a wonderful way of making history and biography so immediate and real. I also recommend McCullough's Truman and Mornings on Horseback (Although I read those books, and did not have them on audio.)
Never realized what a great man John Adams was throughout his life. He is how Americans think. Freedom, independence and duty don't do him justice.
Bought the abridged version by accident. Loved this book, but I felt like I'd missed all the good parts. Get the unabridged version.