For George Washington fans and Revolutionary War history buffs, McCullough's subject matter, writing style and narration is captivating. If you are interested in such, you will not be disappointed.
McCullough's insights gave a fresh perspective on Washington's strengths and weaknesses.
This was my first audiobook by McCullough. If his other audiobooks are as good as this one, then I would give them consideration.
It would have been preferable to listen to this part of the audiobook in one sitting, but at over 5 hours that was a bit too much time to devote. Consequently, I have listened over multiple sessions, and as a result have actually listened to it twice which turned out more a pleasure than a chore.
Looking forward to what happens in Part 2.
I am an eclectic person who loves to learn.
This audiobook is by far my favorite. I have already listened to it several times over.
George Washington. It was fascinating to be able to learn more about him through his own letters with many of those who first shaped this country. Also got a unique perspective on what it was like for the loyalists. This is not what I learned in American History courses I have taken in the past. It is a very well rounded well researched book that takes into account many different sides to the story. Absolutely my favorite!!
It is too good to pick a particular part in this book that is the best. I like to listen for half an hour intervals. I am a stop and go listener. This book was so easy to listen to in bits and pieces at a time. Every word was interesting. I never felt like the story was being interrupted.
This book made me appreciate American history much more than before.
The narrator is the author and he does a fantastic job bringing the story to life. I am extremely picky when it comes to the narrator. It is amazing that he can do both writing and narrating so very well. He has a great voice for storytelling and his attention to detail only inspires you.
This book is exactly what it says. It is about the year 1776. I love that it gave me a very clear view of what was happening in the minds of the people on both sides of the Revolutionary Conflict. I was hoping to hear more about the amazing battles and a more full description of the entire war. After I realized this would only be about the events in 1776, however, I came to appreciate the miracle of the nation in a much deeper way. I also found a stronger admiration and respect for the great General, President George Washington. I liked learning more about supporting players, whom without, we could not have founded our independence. Great read!
I don't really understand why the critics have raved about this book so much. It's not a bad history of the Revolutionary War, but there isn't anything special about it either. There isn't enough new historical evidence or interpretations to interest history buffs, and it's too slow-paced for mainstream audiences.
I also think the audiobook would have benefited from a narrator with more training. McCullough's prose is clear and stylish enough, but his voice can get very monotone.
My Daughter needed to read this for High School, and was having trouble staying focused on it. I downloaded the Audiobook for her, because the reviews said that David McCullough was great reading it. She loaded it on her iPod, and read the paperback along with him.
She said it was awesome - he really made the stories come alive!
(High praise indeed from a High School student who *had* to read the book!)
She read the whole thing in a weekend, and said she really liked it.
That the author made it come alive!
Absolutely. David McCullough is an insightful author who brings out each character's individual idiosyncrasies and weaves them together to create a visual mosaic with his words!
John Adams. It has been quite some time since I read/listened to JA, but remember again how McCullough developed all the characters to the extent that I felt like I knew each of them. McCullough writes so that the reader can do more than sympathize; he can empathize as he walks side-by-side to each one.
I enjoy his interpretation and character development as the narrarator. I have listened to other authors, whose works have been just as impactful, but who lacked the ability to draw in the listener. McCullough makes history fun!
Yes, but have a total commute of five hours daily. I was able to break it up over several days and anxiously awaited each ensuing passage.
Great Read. Great Listen.
The story of how this amazing country came to be is truly miraculous, and David McCullough brings that story to life in a way no other non-fiction book I've encountered has done. I've read some reviews that complain about his narration, but I found nothing wrong with it. It is a bit monotone, but not nearly as much as you would get in, say, your standard PBS documentary.
The key to this book, however, is that McCullough gets past the obvious grand strokes of the Revolution, and gives us a more personal experience, illustrating the lives and thoughts of individuals - what they wore and ate, how they spent their time. It really brings the period to life and reminds us that the American Revolution isn't just a series of names and dates, places and battles. It was an astonishing time in history, and filled with genuine heroes to whom we owe the great nation we live in. I really look forward to any sequels McCullough puts out that examine later years in the war.
I loved this book. First - I found the story fascinating, the first year of the American Revolution. Like many Americans, I never had a chance to seriously study American history as an adult. Second - David McCullough is the best narrator on earth for American history. (If you aren't familiar with him, he is the narrator of Ken Burn's Civil War for example.) Third, the book is of manageable length - about six hours. Other books on this topic tend to be 30 to 40 hours long - for example Washington - by Chernow. The book is therefore more approachable if you want a taste of history without making a huge commitment in time.
Much of the story told I had not herd before.
My only complaint is the book is written about one year the year 1776. I want to hear more, the book ends and the war isn't over really just beginning.
I love history and also like David McCullough's voice in this book which he wrote. I am amazing at the detail that he can get out of one year. Of course George Washington is one of my most impressive personages, and I think God's hand was upon him. Great Story - Great History!
Of course, the battle of Trenton which was a change to encouragement and winning. To me it was all memorable!
Having seen him on TV and knowing him in this way, I could visualize him. I like his voice.
At one point (and I don't recall where it is) someone describes George Washington in an amazing and impacting way.
I wish everyone - especially HS and College students, would just read it!!!!