This is the kind of history book I like: The point of view is not fully omniscient, so there is some suspense. Yet we do get occasional scenes from the British viewpoint which adds important depth to the details of the situation.
The author himself narrates, and I gave "only" 4 stars to the Performance since his gravelly voice and slower delivery lost me at times. But halfway into the book, I discovered that the Audible player allows adjustment to playback speed, so I am now happily listening to the last half on accelerated speed.
One of my favorite Audible books so far.
Thanks David McCullough
I felt like my difficient historical knowlege was seriously buouyed by this book.
It is a treat to listen to this book. David McCullough's voice is so soothing I keep hearing it even after I finshed the book.
Well written, well researched, and beautifully read. Really interesting look at the man from all walks of life that surrounded Washington during the year of 1776 that changed America. Particularly great is Mr. McCullough himself reading the book with his great voice. A must read.
If you are interested in American history, this is a great book. Mr. McCullough does a great job reading his book.
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!