interesting compelling and enlightening
the way he told the story from both sides
he has a clear speech that makes you take the time to hear the words not just the premise.
Feel like your living history.
I can't imagine how an audio book could ever be anything but better than the print version if read by the author... certainly not when David McCullough is the man with the pen and the microphone. An absolutely mesmerizing read and listen.
This was the first audio book I've heard by McCullough. He's like Walter Cronkite to me in many ways... you simply "believe" what Walter said, and McCullough gives you a similar sense of assurance.
I tried several times to listen to this but was never able to truly become interested. Much more of a history lesson than a story and I was hoping for a greater fictional listen. Never completed story so don't base your ratings off this.
I love reading a bit more about American history with personal, first-hand sources. Worth all those hours. Washington was a badass.
I,m not from New York, but my daughter recently moved there, I found the battle for New York, very interesting and I'm sure it was quite accurate. McCullough almost makes it personal like he is sharing this history just with the listener.
David McCullough writes very understandable historical books. He is also one of the best narrators in this arena. He is a hard act to follow.
John Adams by David McCullough. McCullough is a most excellent writer and performer of his own books.
He is very understandable from my computer, but most importantly, he comes through very clearly on my bluetooth headset connected to my Droid Razr Maxx.
I guess I had previously heard that the revolutionary war was almost lost in the beginning, but after this book I can really appreciate just how close we came to losing and how lopsided the two warring armies were.
Great detail on what was happening. It was great to hear the colonial and British perspectives side by side.
Should be required reading in High School for US History.
Absolutely. McCullough does an amazing job of making the uncertainty and effort of 1776 immediate and vibrant.
When I found myself thinking I would capitulate and take the oath as offered by the King rather than risk family and property in this obviously absurd venture. And I knew the ending as I was thinking this!
The year is the character. The performance is not dramatic, it is factual, and it is still edge of your seat. I'm a 7th generation New Englander, Maine and VT. I live on a farm that was purchased from no less a personage than Ira Allen. We fought (ok, we drank ourselves insensible most likely) at Ticonderoga.
And still I was at the edge of my seat and had to make an effort to remember I was driving a car.
No. You do, after all, know the ending.
Amazing piece of work. Absolutely stunning achievement.
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
I really enjoyed this book of early American history. It covers the siege of Boston and battles in New York and New Jersey in great detail with a lot of good character insights and historical information about the American, British, and Hessian Generals and soldiers. I am just starting to develop an interest in history and this was a good book from my perspective with good balance between analysis and raw information. I'm sure I'll listen and/or read more books by David McCullough though this was my first. I don't think he is the best narrator though as his voice can be somewhat dull, monotone, and nasal at times. That didn't ruin it for me though, and I'm sure I will listen to it and enjoy it again at some point in the future.
awesome do more
no it made me thing about being a AMERICAN and thanking GOD for it
this book should be read by ALL HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES so they can love AMERICAN