wow! what an amazing book! This is the way that history should be taught! I grew up in New York State and knew of the many places in NY, New England, NJ, and Connecticut that were significant in the Revolutionary War, but I never knew how they were involved and what happened there. This book brought everything alive for me, in addition to bringing the people alive as well. I am so proud to be an American!
David McCullough is absolutely amazing as well. Words cannot describe the quality of his presentation, and I especially liked that he was reading a book he had authored.
My only criticism is that, at the end of some chapters, there were very long silent pauses that annoyed me...though not enough to downgrade my rating.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I'm not a history buff, so I found 1776 to be interesting and informative. I wouldn't rate it in the top half of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, but it wasn't a bad change of pace. Worth your time if you want a basic understanding of the revolutionary war, and some insights into the continental army. But don't expect anything extraordinary.
I frequently felt that I was listening to a suspense novel. The revolutionary war like you never knew it. A must for any history buff. Graphically insightful, stark verbal imagery, factual and well told. A true masterpiece.
What an amazing story told beautifully by David McCullough, who tells us not only the history but emotion and perseverance of an army that never should have been able to do so much.
This is a very enjoyable listen. I found it enlightening. It does a good job of showing the hardships faced by the early fathers of the revolution. A relatively small percentage of men changed the course of our history. There are some incredible leadership traits portrayed in the anecdotes throughout this book. We see Washington dealing with indecision, backbiting, desertion, as well as natural disasters. All the while, keeping the end in mind and persevering for his cause. McCullough does a nice job narrating, but he's more of an author the narrator. You're not going to be captivated by the narration as much as the story.