I listened to this one on a recomendation. I don't normally pick history but he did a very good job of bringing characters to the history, and not just that of Washington himself. I was educated and engrossed.
I thought this book was a good read, interesting and a new perspective. What I didn't know was taht the author was criticised for fabricating historical evidence for some of his controversial matter. If you want an interesting audio book, its good, but if you're interested in pure history, maybe you
should look at another author. I had a web site listed where the author's facts are brought into question, but that's not allowed in a review, so look into it yourself. I believe a book that is historical non-fiction should not have elements of fiction in it, unless that is listed as its purpose.
This books reads like a high school history book. There is no real story. Additionally, the author doesn't provide any good insights into the people and culture of the time. He just strung together facts and dates.
There are no real insights. I am about a third into the book and it's like listening to someone read Wikipedia.
The narrator/author reads flatly, droning on and on. Because there are so many names and places involved in the retelling this piece of history, it's hard to keep track of characters by listening. This is not a book I would recommend that anyone LISTEN to. If you must read it, buy a real book.
As so many other reviewers have said and as any true audiobook enthusiast (i.e. commuter) knows, a narrator can make or break a book. I have turned off many a truly good book because the narrator was just too grating. But in this case, it is our great good fortune that the author of this book is also perfectly suited to reading it.
Having recently learned that my ancestors were great American Patriots and Revolutionary War Soldiers, I wanted to learn, and learn I did through this fascinating account.
Thank you, thank you, Mr. McCullough. I was only too sorry to hear you sign off. God bless.
If you enjoy history - no one does it better than David McCullough. He has that million dollar voice & delivery that keeps you interested in what can be a very detailed episode in the Revolutionary War. His indepth research of the real human beings, their struggles and their triumphs, makes it a worthwhile experience. Bravo Mr. McCullough!
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This book is a wealth of boring details about how George Washington dressed and snow ball fights among the soldiers of the continental army. It is just trivial item after endless trivial item. Badly needs an abridgment with the big story in it.
His voice is of the most soothing proffessor, and you will eagerly learn just how close we came to losing this war. Brings historical figures to life, rounds them out with personalities. Must have researched forever.
A difficult time, beautifully written and spoken by the author. The well rounded picture of the critical circumstances surrounding the birth of our nation. A view from both sides of the Atlantic. A remedy for ignorance.