The details in the writing are fascinating. I have heard of many of these events before, but McCullough tells a tale of people I've never heard and the details of their lives and their surroundings, all the way down to the weather on the specific day.
I liked the book, and I found most of it fascinating, but it was hard for me to listen to 10 plus hours of it. I bet I would have liked this more as a true book, but I listen to books when I drive, and although I found the stories McCullough told immensely interesting, I found it hard to focus at times. I don't know if that is because of the narrator or the writing, but that's how I felt.
leadership courage determination
Learning more about Washington and his determination and struggles to continue the fight for freedom for America.
Steady, believable, knowledgeable
A Leader for His Time!
I love revolutionary history, and this book brings to life a tale of failures and successes, and how they shaped the struggle against the British Crown.
I wouldn't - I can't say that I've actually read or listened to another such book in years, if not decades.
His performance is clean and emphatic, easy to understand, yet also well-metered. The fact that he's the author doesn't make the performance itself better, but it's more satisfying to know it.
I listened to the book every day on my way to work until I was finished - it took about two weeks, and that's about the right amount of time to digest each portion. Not too much, yet enough to keep you salivating over the next installment.
Heaven shines down.
Some inflection...and an air of storytelling that kept me interested and involved.
If I could...but a tad too long for that.
Terrific story. A one year time capsule of various events, many times watching over the shoulder of historical greats like George Washington. I felt the description of the events of the time was very fair and vivid. It is incredible as to how much can happen in the frame of one year during the forging of the United States of America. Having listened to the book, now having a better understanding of how easily things could have tipped away from us, but how favor just happened to be on our side is incredible in and of itself. It was a good read for someone interested in digging a little deeper into stories around the Revolutionary War.
Based on reviews I thought this book would be easier to listen to. I found good moments and seems to be very well researched, however it's not the kind of books that I like. It's not based on a character (e.g. Washington) but more on the events of the year 1776 (as the tittle sugested, my mistake!)
Just excellent. A 3 star on the narrator because it is the author, a little dry, and not a professional reader but he is very good and who better to tell his own story. Your perspective will change with an increased appreciation for what people suffered and sacrificed and how terribly fragile our beginning actually was.
A detailed account of events we thought we knew.
more than adequate
The personal moments of despair and frustration and how Washington overcame those.
The book is really the story of the war from the point when G. Washington is appointed commander in chief until about 1778 and it describes the war proceedings during that time in minute detail. The beginning of the war, the declaration of independence as well as how the war ended was largely omitted or mentioned very briefly. Especially the end felt rushed and was lacking a discussion of the broader historical context and importance of the events described.
interesting compelling and enlightening
the way he told the story from both sides
he has a clear speech that makes you take the time to hear the words not just the premise.
Feel like your living history.
I can't imagine how an audio book could ever be anything but better than the print version if read by the author... certainly not when David McCullough is the man with the pen and the microphone. An absolutely mesmerizing read and listen.
This was the first audio book I've heard by McCullough. He's like Walter Cronkite to me in many ways... you simply "believe" what Walter said, and McCullough gives you a similar sense of assurance.