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This was a good listen but overall, I found it to be a tad boring. Edcuational but again, a little too boring for my liking and the narrator didn't quite help in that department.
For anyone interested in US history this is a must read/listen. As we hear people complain about current US Presidents and Congress it was humorous to read that this same problem has been going on since the beginning! Kind of put things in perspective. My only complaint is the narrator read the story slowly. I ended up listening to it at 2x speed.
Quite simply, this was the most fascinating history I have ever read. I am grateful to David McCullough for his meticulous research and masterful writing. He has allowed me to personally know two of the nation's finest and most noble citizens, John and Abigail Adams.
I am also grateful to the narrator, Nelson Runger, whose voice fit the subject matter perfectly. It is clear he knew the book, the times and the characters inside and out.
"John Adams" is now on my ipod, my iphone and on my Kindle; it goes where I go and I intend to listen to it again and again.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Adams's insights and thoughts on art, literature, friendship, family, work ethic, history, the future, government, and politics. This book is extensively researched and well written. What a privilege to learn so much in such an entertaining way. I am recommending it enthusiastically to friends and strangers.
Please don't let the comments on the narrator's pauses keep you from listening. This is a long story that is told carefully, and occasionally story tellers pause and swallow. Although noticeable, I did not find it at all distracting.
I opted for the Listen to John Adams rather than to Watch John Adams on a Cable Network Pay Channel. This was far better. As a history buff I was thrilled to listen to all the ins and outs of the whole story. At times, as with all history I had to step back and do something else; however over all it was an enjoyable listen.
I don't consider myself a true history buff, but this work has awakened this in me. I understand more how a book wins the Pulitzer! I love the audio, and I also bought the book!
I revere all of the founding fathers, and I suppose I am on a quest to read about many of them, having just finished a book about George Washington, and having just started one on Thomas Jefferson. The thing I am finding interesting is how different each of these men were, yet they all had much in common. Many of them did not even like each other, but they were able to come together to establish the Constitution of the United States, one of the most inspired documents ever written, and who became the founders of the United States of America, the greatest country that has ever existed. What an amazing feat they accomplished.
I enjoy reading about the details of their lives, the struggles they faced, the heartbreak and the victories. John Adams had his share of all of these. I love the tone of his writings. They crack me up sometimes, but they are always eloquent. Years ago, our community theater presented the play "1776". I must say the authors of that play captured the essence of John Adams and the color of his writings very well. It was like reuniting with an old friend to read many of his words in this book. And I so admire the love affair he carried on for many years with his wife Abigail. I was heartbroken for him as I read about her death because she was truly his best friend and helpmeet.
All in all, he is a great example to us in so many ways. I wish there were more leaders like him around today. Lord knows we need them!
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David Mc Cullough has written an epic history about John Adams and the times in which he lived. This book, along with the others of Mr Mc Cullough, present us with a penatrating view into the life and times of our Founding Fathers. He provides insights, not only into their great achievements, but the character of the men who behind these sustained accomplishements. I came away from listening to this book, not only knowing more about the history of America, but the incredible sacrifices made by the men and women of that time, despite the great likelihood that their efforts would fail, and if they did, that they would be treated as traitors and be sent to the gallows. We are provided not only with their great achievements, but their struggles, political differences and at times brutal treatment of one another. That these men could behave in such fashion and yet still remain focused on their objective and somehow still remain friends or at least admirers, is a testament to their character. We should be greatful for their sacrifices and tenacity, without which we would not be living in the United States of America. If read only to be made aware of what makes up great character, it is worth every moment you listen. Add to that the understanding of the historical underpinnings of the founding of America, and you have a superior literary mastery piece.
Wanted to dive into this great mans story.
Problem is that the recording about 1/3 of the way through became so brutal I have had to turn it to 2x pace to stomach the breathing and saliva of the Narrator.
Can't believe it made it through production, literally can hear him breathe in and out so much it is hard to listen, not to mention the sounds of fluids in his mouth.
Completely distracted from the experience.
John Adams is a compelling figure and I speak about his experiences on a regular basis with my peers.
Please consider re recording this production, not AUDIBLE quality I have come to expect, especially for such a costly purchase.
Yes, the historical nuisances, subtle undertones, and interactions of our founding fathers were incredibly presented from a collection of diaries, letters, news articles, and of course the documents of the Constitutional Congress. Note: little to no minutes of early meetings were kept by congress.
As a historical book I am sure there are many that would compare (Trex - T. Roosevelt comes to mind) but when you realize how the information for this book was assembled and presented I no of none that compare.
First listen of this narrator. Key word: Narrator. Did not attmept a performance with multiple voices but rather an excellent reading with tone and inflection. Once or twice he varied the voice for a specific character but it was not necessary.
Adam's writing back to his wife after they voted on the Declaration of Independence exclaiming how this day will be celebrated forever with great pageantry and celebration. Yes July 2nd will be forever remembered. Turns out he was off by two days and the day John Hancock signed (July 4th) was the one remembered. (Spoiler: All the rest signed in August).
Also the death of Adams and Jefferson on July 4th's 50th anniversary
Some interesting backroom election "fixing" as well. One good point by Adams. Do no pay congress and President, they should be able to save a bit for a few years of service and than return to their occupation. I guess he saw the danger of the career politican.