I am impressed by the level of details that the book offered. The author had done extensive research on this historical year. A must listen to everyone. I am now listening to his other momentous work, "John Adams."
Moving, McCullough portrays heros as men with inner struggles and well as outer and in doing so makes us understand their heroism.
In taking Dorchester Heights I found out why Americans loved General Washington and how daring he was.
No but I wish he narrated all of his books and wrote more profusely :)
When some British soldiers were so shocked at the pitiable physical condition of the American soldiers and how many of them were elderly and under 15 years old.
I would love more books narrated by Mr. McCullogh even if they are written by others. He is a wonderful narrator. He has eloquence without being pompous, a failing of some other narrators.
Probably not. The audio edition suffered from lack of maps, which would have helped a lot in understanding the extremely detailed descriptions of battlefield topography. Also, the narration was monotonous. McCullough is a fine author and historian but should not narrate his work.
Washington is the only "character" into whom we really get much insight, so I'll go with him.
Sure. His narration didn't ruin the book for me; it just wasn't very good.
The speeches by some members of the British Parliament were touching, especially regarding the justification of the Americans' cause.
Learned a great deal and would recommend the book.
Memorable, inspirational, thankful
The really wonderful use of first person material to bring the story alive.
It reminded me of the risks those who founded our country took in order to do so.
A must read for anyone remotely interested in Revolutionary American History.
NO ONE tells a story quite like David McCullough!
David McCullough's one-of-a-kind narration.
'Birth of a Nation.'
Though this Book tends to drag a bit (Due to its attention to detail and overall length...), McCullough's Writing and Narration cannot be denied or overlooked... a true gem.
There were many quotes from letters which I felt brought a very real and true to life narration to the book. It also helps one to remember this war was one not easily won with odds stacked against the rebels. Interesting and thought-inducing.
Perhaps George Washington was almost deified and there weren't any humanizing comments about the man, who was most assuredly, merely a human.
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As someone who lives in New York City and works in Newark, NJ, I felt the real presence of these past events all around me as I enjoyed this vivid recount of the events of 1776. Moving his army to New York City after brilliantly ejecting the British from Boston, Washington found himself confronting nearly 400 warships and tens of thousands of troops. "In fact, it was the largest expeditionary force of the eighteenth century, the largest, most powerful force ever sent forth from Britain or any nation."
Washington and his army abandoned New York, and, for a few miserable, rainy November days, encamped in Newark, just a quarter-mile from where I sit at Audible's headquarters. Their retreat south culminated in the famous surprise attack on the Hessian troops in Trenton. Now I get the significance of that painting of Washington crossing the Delaware.
Not every author is an effective narrator, but David McCullough's voice and delivery fit the material perfectly. I zoomed through this book by using the new Whispersync for Voice to alternate between the audiobook and the Kindle book, and when I read the text I continued to "hear" the evocative timbre and tone of McCullough's voice.
The imagery and performance. You felt like you were there and could feel the despair the soldiers must have felt
Crossing the Patomic River
Not sure. Probably not.
No. He doesn`t read well.
How about the author? Sorry. I have read a LOT on the American Revolution and I was shocked at how disappointed I was with this audiobook.
I really expected a lot from the author. Sometimes the author shouldn`t read his or her own book. But I will give it another try - I might be unfair.
For George Washington fans and Revolutionary War history buffs, McCullough's subject matter, writing style and narration is captivating. If you are interested in such, you will not be disappointed.
McCullough's insights gave a fresh perspective on Washington's strengths and weaknesses.
This was my first audiobook by McCullough. If his other audiobooks are as good as this one, then I would give them consideration.
It would have been preferable to listen to this part of the audiobook in one sitting, but at over 5 hours that was a bit too much time to devote. Consequently, I have listened over multiple sessions, and as a result have actually listened to it twice which turned out more a pleasure than a chore.
Looking forward to what happens in Part 2.