David McCulough's research, analysis and writing style are all very much to my liking. I enjoyed everything about this book, but the narrator’s lapses in concentration. His voice was very , but I thought at times it was John Adams himself come back from the dead, but only just. I estimate that the pauses and heavy breathing took up almost two hours of the book. For the first few times, I thought my iPod had run out of battery. It seemed as though they kept the tape rolling while he found his place or took a break. It would have been a much better experience if they simply edited out these pieces or non-pieces. I give the book a 5, but with the narration I can only rate the audio a 3.
What an excellent look at a truly remarkable period of history. As a Canadian, I have not been immersed in the history of the American Revolution. This novel brought it to life in a way that made the characters breathe and gave a humanity to people who are often cast as unflawed super-beings in movies and TV. Quite apart from the historical content, it was a true love story from beginning to end and it showed the influence that strong women had in shaping America as it is today.
I will be listening to this fascinating book again. Very well done indeed!
Enjoyed this book very much and was delighted to get to know John Adams, his family and his life. At times it seemed like the politics of today but then, at other times, I felt transported back to the late 1700's and learned a great deal about life in those days. As always, I am happy to be living in this time but equally happy to learn so much about life long ago. Well written, keeps your attention throughout the entire book (for the most part) and wonderfully narrated.
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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.
For as long as the book is, it was done before I knew it. However, as the book came to a close, I felt such a strong bond to this great man. He seems to have seen himself as a ordinary man thrust into extraordinay circumstances, but in truth he was an extraordinary man. And his right hand was his incredble wife. And as I experienced their life through this book, I applauded their heroism and sacrifice, I raged as close friends betrayed them, and I cried as loved ones were lost. And in the end, I can't get over the fact that I would love to sit down with him to talk about life philosophies.
To not listen to or read this book is lessen life's experience and your own understanding of the United States and where we came from. Its insights will open you up to a much broader understanding of the political reality of our country.
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.
McCullough's Adams truly comes alive in this portrait, with both his virtues and his flaws, set against the backdrop of the Revolution. He led an extraordinary life in the "times that try men's souls." I avoided this bio for years, thinking it would be dull; how wrong I was! I learned an immense amount about the American Revolution and the early history of the US, as well as details about the lives of the major players. If you are at all interested in early American history, this is a must-read. The parallels to the acrimony and mudslinging vis-a-vis the election of Adams vs Jefferson were especially interesting given the atmosphere now, in the summer of 2016; it reminded me that there is nothing new under the sun.
All those good things said, the production on this is not great. The narrator does a very good job overall; however, he takes very deep breaths which can wear on your nerves a bit--not to mention the long pauses which could have been edited. The most disconcerting thing was a strange noise he would make during the long pauses; it almost sounded like he was adjusting his dentures! I know it was a very long book and must have been taxing to read, but the producer could surely have improved the final quality.
McCollough has written an outstanding book on one of the key founding fathers, using multiple first hand sources to provide a well rounded and thorough perspective on John Adams' actions, beliefs, and motivations, as well as many of those with whom he interacted. This remarkable effort does justice to the remarkable man and times that it reveals. I highly recommend for anyone who wishes to understand the Founding, or desires exposure for themselves or children to someone worthy of emulation.
The narrator was painfully slow for me so I sped it up to 1.25 speed which was perfect. Get it and enjoy!!!
An excellent work on a true American patriot who helped create and guide the U.S.A. through turmoil and conflict. Outstanding book about key founders of America who often disagreed on direction and how to set up a democratic republic. The reconciliation of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams is very well documented. The love between Abigail Adams and John Adams shows the bond that held John Adams together during their long separations while he worked tirelessly for his country amid many dangers. An excellent book for all. Narrated with spirit and zeal for this great founding father, who was among the most noble of America's Founding Fathers.