This book is so well-written, and McCullough is wonderful reading his own material. This is worth a repeat listen. Highest praise!
David has a very engaging writing style. He doesn't dawdle on details but still gives you enough to get a rich feel for what is involved in the situation. This is the first time I've learned about the events surrounding the Revolutionary War, and I was stunned. Excellent audio book, I highly recommend it.
This is a fantastic book narrated by a fantastic narrator. It's nothing short of amazing that Mr. McCullough is so talented at both writing and speaking!
If you think the American Revolution is boring or irrelevant or that you already know everything about it, this book will make you feel silly. The hardship, devastation, blunders, and overall plight of the early American army are more than I ever imagined, as was the role of pure chance and serendipity for both sides. Great heroes like Washington, Adams, Nathaniel Greene and Henry Knox come to life through in-context presentation of their correspondences and surviving speeches.
This was my first audio book, and I'm hooked. I feel smarted just for having listened. It is a good length but not so long that it drags on. I give it my highest recommendation, thanks David for taking the time to write it and then read it to us!
I like the book and listen to the end however it was a chore as the narrator was very dry!
So 4 stars book - 2 stars narrator!
This is an incredible work. Well-told by the author, the books gets at the heart of the struggle that Washington and his closest advisors faced before, during, and after the declaration of independence. That our nation's future hung is such a precarious balance and that our very existence depended on this small group of revolutionaries makes for a riveting presentation. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed John Adams.
This book was just wonderful. It kept me spellbound as I drove over 1100 miles over a two-day period. It was just too short. The miles flew by as long as it lasted, but slowed to a crawl once it was over. This is the best job of reading I've heard from an author. The stories were compelling and even though I knew most of the history. The author did a great job of developing the dozens of characters, but didn't get bogged down doing it. The book moves, just as Washington's army did in that fateful year. I recommend the book, and the audiobook with equal enthusiasm.
I got this book on a whim, I enjoyed the movie/tv series John Adams and wanted to know more. I am glad I did. I was hooked in the first few minutes.
Part of this was the McCullough voice (I was an avid follower of Ken Burns' Civil War movie). I think McCullough can make a reading of the back of a cornflake box impressive and moving.
The other part is the content - McCullough paints vivid pictures of all the key players and presents them as more than one dimensional characters. He tells anecdotes or draws on the occasional quote to create personality rather than a dry historical figure.
If you want to get a deeper understanding and sense of this remarkable year, I reckon this reading is the place to start.