McCullough has a fantastic voice, and his delivery is brilliant. There's no way the print version is as good as this.
Not sure if I would listen to the book again, maybe portions of it if I were preparing to talk ot a Scout Troop about our Freedoms in an effort to instill within them a sense of Patriotism. I don't usually watch movies more than once ether.
I love how this book illistrates the hand of God in the birth of this nation and how many times the victory of battles or contributing factors for protection was atributed to the divine hand of providence. I think thats something missing from most history books today.
There's just something cool about listening ot the author read his own work
Every time Washington is faced with hardship and stands tall inspite of the odds it inspires me to do the same.
I wish there was an additional book to cover the remainder of the war.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
For those who have already read perfusly on this period like myself, less of an impact and appreciation of this book should be expected. For the rest, this could be a 5 star read. Mccullough uses his usual magic here to relate this period and protagonists, but if I remember correctly, since I read this awhile ago now, there is not much in the way of breaking news. Narrated by the man himself! which is as good as it gets.HIGHLY RATED
I have already listened twice to this riveting historical look at the Revolutionary War during 1776. David Mccullough brings the difficulties faced by George Washington, his indecisiveness, as well as his bravery and leadership of the colonial army to life in this historical Pulitzer prize winner. I have listened twice and will listen again as it is packed with fascinating details that demand a listeners full attention. One of the best books I have ever downloaded. It makes one appreciate the true significance of the decision to achieve independence.and what it cost the early colonists on both sides.
It was a bit of a slog to get through. Perhaps my expectations were out of sink. I think it would have been better if I had more background knowledge / perspective of the period as is very detailed over a very narrow period of time - but hey the title is about 1 year - silly me.
1776 tells of the ups and downs in Washington's command portraying him as a person with real human frailties. But this book is not a critique of Washington. Far from it. Despite all his imperfections, one cannot but come away with great admiration for Washington realizing all the stresses he must have gone through and how he kept up the morale of his men despite overwhelming odds. The book makes the reader think about how Washington must have felt and how his unwavering belief in his cause and his strong moral character kept the army together. 1776 was a tough year for America and it's amazing that Continental Army pulled it out. Highly recommended! I could not put it down.
This was a most enjoyable listen. The depth of my experience with David McCullough comes from the Ken Burns Civil War series produced years ago – The age heard in his voice was at first rather striking. It was like suddenly seeing and old friend with many more years of ‘experience’ in character and form. I purchased the book with some reluctance because I had intended to break away from another history book (I just finished The Second World War –Winston Churchill). I was pleasantly surprised this book is terrific and I finished very quickly. A great listen!
lots of history,
one battle ran into another and on and on and on
a novel--no more history right now
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.