I've been a member here for a few years now. Nothing will ever replace printed books for me, but I do enjoy lots of things Audible has!
If I could go back, I would have still purchased this audio book even though I gave it three stars. It's an awe inspiring story. The narration is good in parts, a little dry in others. I didn't read any intro's or listen to a sample before purchasing and was sort of expecting a historical non-fiction story, but it is in fact, a simple history text. Still worth it though!
sure. but not too enthusiastically
george washington of course
it was a little bland
i was expecting to love this book, as i greatly enjoy history and american history especially. i've been listening to a lot of volumes on the civil war and washington: a life, so i think in contrast this is not as rich. it covers just before 1776 and ends shortly after. good battle descriptions. its worth a listen but not as amazing as the reviews make it out to be. maybe if you are not very familiar with history books, its a good interesting start.
I would recommend it as a printed book rather than an audiobook.
A professional actor or narrator rather than the author.
I have heard rave reviews from friends and family who read this book. I am the first one of the group to try it from Audible, and I cannot get through it! This sounds rude, but I am dead serious when I say that every time I start listening to this book, it puts me to sleep. I literally started using it to help me fall asleep when I'm tossing and turning! His voice is very monotone and boring and I find it impossible to concentrate on the content and what's actually happening. I've listened to 2 hours of this book over the course of the last 3 months, and I just. can't. keep. going. The weird thing is, that everyone I know LOVES this book, and claims it's very exciting and sucks you in! I finally realized that the narrator is the author, and suddenly it all makes sense. I think this would be a fantastic read from a printed book, but super dry as an audio one.
Yes... I did... it's a great story.
The Hessian attack on Fort Lee.
Mmmm... hard to say, since I haven't read the book. But DM has a good voice, good intonation and pronunciation... maturity.
Many great moments... but the observations and recollections of average soldiers are great: recalling how cold they were, or how prosperous American cities seemed to be.
Pay attention to hints of why seemingly wealthy Americans like Washington, Jefferson, Adams et al would risk everything-- literally everything-- in the Revolution.
Struggle persistence victory
Beginning of the revolution
This is strictly on the year 1776 and Washington being the general of the American army. I thought there would be more about the drafting of the constitution but instead it followed the struggles of Washington and his unorganized militia army. But through it all the militia gets a couple victories and some significant defeats. But after each defeated battle, General Washington shows through persistence and intellect, the revolutionaries can get a couple of victories.
Books worth the money are those biographies about our Founding Fathers. Or THE LONG WALK and/or UNBROKEN Try THE LONG WALK a
The history of that era, how the USA came close to not happening, the heavy burden of GW, HK, et al. The author is perfect in reading his book. Never has a book cost so little.
Another gem is Candice Millard's DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC.
It's refreshing to read about what the US once was, and depressing to see what we've become.
Rarely is fiction in the same ballpark with non-fiction about the early days of the USA.
All by David McCullough, Joe Ellis, John Meacham, Ron Chernow. Candice Millard
If ever there was a book worth the money.....
I would listen to this book again because I felt as though I was right there with Washington and his troops. The writer did a fantastic job making history real and vibrant.
I had problems focusing on what the reader was saying. Many of the battles were long and drawn out. There was too much information to keep my attention. I have listened to other books and did not have this problem.
I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.
Yes, I learned to look at the founding of this country in a different light!
It was dry listening to it
That most precious of all commodities, time, is often mis-allocated against our will. With Audible, I simply "re-allocate".
Not sure how any American can claim to love their country and not want to know about it's history. Mr. McCullough affords a perspective and the required level of detail to help one appreciate what it must have been like to be there in the shoes, or bloody feet, of the leaders and soldiers of the Revolution. He further provides factual clarification of so many misconceptions about the events around America's battle for independence that it completely changes my perspective.
It humbled me to learn that George Washington was highly flawed as a General but even more towering as a leader, statesman and man of character. His commitment to the cause despite the clear lack of public support, lack of resources and grim price to be paid for failure wraps fresh perspective around the issues we face today and the benchmark against which we should hold current leaders of this nation.
My favorite part of the book is certainly one of George Washington's low points when he has been forced to retreat from New York after a stunning defeat all the way back across to the PA side of the Delaware river. The cause looks totally lost. He is begging General Charles Lee to join him and consolidate their troops to hold off further advance by the British toward Philadelphia. He eventually receives a letter from Lee but it is addressed to his most trusted advisor and confidant, Joseph Reed, whom Washington had sent to Baltimore to meet with the Continental Congress. Expecting the letter to inform him of Lee's troop movement, Washington opens the letter only to find that it is a response to earlier correspondence from Reed indicting Washington on his prosecution of the war and suggesting Lee should prepare to assume responsibility as commander-in-chief. As McCullough says, has there ever been a moment when any man could have felt lonelier?
And yet, what is most remarkable is what Washington does next in response as he re-seals and forwards the letter on to Reed. It is one of the many reasons why he is the greatest American.