I absolutely could not stop listening to this book (wrapped it up in 5 days). I learned a ton about George Washington and, more importantly, the other players of 1776. Really good stuff.
This is a wonderful book. 1776 was an amazing year and the author captures the events and action with so much detail that its like he was there. I learned a lot about the revolutionary war - things I would have never learned in school. One thing that I found particularly interesting was how there were so many coincidences leading to wins or gains for the continental army. It was amazing how many times things looked like they were just about done for Washington's army only to see them turn around (sometimes overnight). I think that 1776 surprised everyone - including Washington himself. It was a great lesson in never giving up! Great read and I highly recommend for anyone - not just history buffs.
I don't have a good natural head for history--I tend to get easily bogged down in details and lose track of who's who, where, what, and other essentials. McCullough may be my favorite historian because he essentially solves these issues for me, and seems to view the story and essential lessons it provides as the primary purpose in sharing a history.
For historical purists, no fear: McCollough has all the scholarship and hard data your heart may desire; his talent seems to be that he includes all that without making it the main focus. After reading/listening to this book, I'm eager to listen to it again and actually learn some of the harder data--which indicates, I think, that McCullough is also a master teacher. I keep wondering: Did I learn any of this in school? (I am forgetful, so I can't entirely blame my former teachers), but I do know that I have never appreciated the struggle and heroic significance of the Revolutionary War: like too many of my peers, I thought the Revolution was a rather distant part of American history that "just happened" and "oh, yeah, from which we all benefited." I will never view history in this lackadaisical manner again.
This is the first book I've read/listened to by Mr. McCullough, and now I understand what all of the fuss is about. He has a knack for drawing together the right details at just the right moments to bring the story alive, and help you to understand its importance to the people who lived it and the ramifications that it has for today. Five stars for the story.
Mr. McCullough is a fine narrator, though there are others who narrate audiobooks for a living who probably would have done an even better job. 3.5 stars for the narration.
This book left me wishing for "1777". It is a great novel by a great writer that captivates the imagination of the history buff in me. Lots of behind the scenes detail that the average person does not consider when remembering the founding of the U.S.A.
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I have heard nothing but great things about this book and being a big history buff I was very excited to give it a listen. But overall, this book just didn't live up to the hype and I thought it was a little boring, especially the first part. Maybe it's me and maybe I just need to give it another listen to see if I may have missed something here.?.
The events of 1775 - 1776 unfold in a narrative that keeps you riveted. It's incredible to realize that the fate of the nation rested on so few shoulders and that the hold on liberty was so tenuous through those trying times.
This is a well written non-fiction book, so few will dispute how its written the way people do with fiction. However, a narrator can make or break an audiobook. This narrator, also the author, is amazing. Something about his voice conjures up a Ben Franklin like personality sitting in a candlelit room, telling you this story. Amazing. Possibly the most well-narrated book I've ever listened to on audible. Side note, I learned this from the book: George Washington is tha man!
Really impressed with the depth of research that went in to this novel. Author reading was excellent in his diction and batrayal of events as they occured. Historical detail brought this audiobook alive...really astounding.
I really enjoyed this volume but not as much as John Adams. Not that 1776 was ill treated, but that John Adams has so much more, more, more of everything. I listened to John Adams and had to get the book and am now reading it. The audio of 1776 will be enough. But I sure enjoy listening to David McCullough and will listen again.