This is my first book by McCullough and it blew me away. The history is presented in such an entertaining way. His reading is superb. I can't want to listen to the rest of his books. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in history.
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
It’s a pager turner. Somehow knowing how it ends augments the story. It’s fun. And it’s more satisfying than a cheap novel because although you kind of know the story you probably don’t really know the story.
I live in Warwick, RI and travel by and near sites that Nathanial Greene lived in or trained on and never knew it. Not til I gasped while doing my laundry listening to 1776 by David McCullough - especially when he mentioned all these great events and men who lived in my area. I cannot rave enough about this fine book. I ordered several more here at Audible from the same author. In a word - Wow!
I am not a history buff, but was dissappointed when I got to the end of this book. Provides an account of 1776 that makes you feel like you were there. Fascinating information about and around historic events. Can hardly wait for 1777!
Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.
David McCullough is one of my favorite authors. The opportunity to listen to him narrate his own work in his distinctive voice should not be missed. Please do yourself a favor and get this audio book.
I love David McCullough's writing and this book, 1776, made me see what our founders went through to bring this nation into existence, their outward faith in God, and the fact that without General George Washington, this country would not exist as it does today, a free nation. We are shown both his failures and his success brought about by his determination to get the job done no matter what the odds. Many strange events gives the eye of faith the ability to see God's hand at work in the fighting. HOnor was paramoount in those days. The reader did a good job.
I first became acquainted with Mr. McCullough's writing when I listened to the unabridged version of Truman. His narrative style, bringing in a fuller picture of the events surrounding the first years of the American Revolutionary War, really painted a greater picture for me of the era that led to the birth of our nation. Read it. It'll change the way you look at history.
This is the way history books should be written. A minimum of ideological commentary is used while the writer uses mostly letters and diary accounts to describe this pivotal year in a most fascinating way.
This is a fabulous book! Accurate history and easy to listen to, with the inside details taken from personal letters. Give us insight into how the key players, American and British, felt before and during the war. Amazing details, watch the blunders of the young American army, from short enlistments to poor strategic decisions and the impact of all on the outcome. The British cockey assurance they could win the war with ease and the large number of loyalists who openly supported the British. Amazing how close we came to loosing this war and not getting our independence! The recording itself is very good with clear diction - easy to listen to.