Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
I have to admit that I had a jaundiced view of John Adams based on some of the other biographies, notably Hamilton's and Jefferson's, I had listened to. I was pleasantly surprised that Adams was not the blockhead he was made out to be by some of his contemporaries. Few men could stand in his shadow and not be found lacking in those qualities, which can hardly be found in politics today, and were rare even amongst so many great minds of that extraordinary time. McCullough does his usual master work in bringing to life this amazing man and the astonishing life he lead. The narration stays out of the way and allows the listener to enjoy the book in its fullest. I highly recommend it anybody who loves history.
Nelson Runger masterfully reads this book, making it interesting and easy to listen to.
I saw and enjoyed the mini-series but remained interested in reading the book. Decided to try the audiobook, given the lack of time I have for reading. My hour commutes became very enjoyable and actually something to look forward to while listening to the book. The descriptions of the people coupled with descriptions of famous paintings/ sculptures of the famous men and women made it very easy to picture events in my mind.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
There are just a few books that are so amazing to me that I dread trying to review them. This book was so rewarding for me( as you might gleam from my understated headline) that I really lack the verbiage and surly the subtlety ( lol) to do it justice.
The love story between Adams and his amazing wife is in itself more than enough for a great book..Adams personal and professional struggles and sacrifices for his warily conceived country is in itself more than enough for a great book. And his torturous friendship and correspondence with Jefferson is in itself more than enough for a great book, and naturally great books have been written on each of these areas, but here in this one book, they are all here together in one wondrously researched and written story.
John Adams was my first David McCullough book. I found his writing style so refreshingly clear, humanistic, scrupiosly researched and uniquely readable that I wasted no time purchasing all the rest of his works from Audible. While I enjoyed everything else he wrote,and have reread them all, The great bridge is a stand out that I would recommend be your next McCullough read, if you haven't read it already.
If you are interested in US history this book is a must. I felt like I got to know John Adams and all of the key historical figures related to the birth of the U.S.
I enjoyed how Nelson Runger brought John Adams to life with his inspired narration.
The events surrounding the revolution and the birth of the US brought to life in this book through the eyes of John Adams are a must read for any lover of US history.
Courageous, patriotic, integrity
I would say the period leading up to the Declaration.
The opportunity to listen and read along. I found it quite enjoyable to take the paper copy and note passages that I thought were particularly compelling.
A man for his time, and for all time.
Everything McCullough puts his pen to becomes a masterpiece.
I've haed numerous conversations in which I've reference this story and the slice of history I've gleaned from it. Overall, it's one of those books that can make you a better person by understanding not only a time better, but, to a certain degree, philosophy.
David McCullough deserves the highest compliment that can be given to a biographer. He has made his subject come alive. I cried when Abagail died and again when John Adams died at the end of the book. It is as if I had lost a friend. But it is even more than a personal story. In this book John Adams becomes a window into the formation of the United States. All the major events and persons of those formative times are crystalized around the figure of Adams. The book could easily serve as an entire course of revolutionary American history.
David McCullough is one of the best researchers of biography since papyrus turned into paper. Every chapter is a celebration of this writer's love of discovery. The main problem with this book isn't in finding interesting material--he did that and then some--the problem is--it is impossible to bring it to life without dialogue. And yet even that short coming is its very strength. Mr. McCullough refuses to entertain us with false testimony. He doesn't invent delightful conversations and or envision robust arguments. He researches information from letters and documents and honestly relates them to tell the history of John Adams. He may not have brought him to life--but he definitely brings him to light.
A most interesting albeit long tale giving insight to the early formative years of the USA. I especially liked the amount of detail included about Abigale as historically, women are so often overlooked or forgotten about.
Without Question, McCullough is a John Adams expert and unapologetic advocate. It seems he fell in love with John and Abigale as he was working on this project. Almost no criticism of Adams goes undefended which makes him seem a little too saintly but there is still plenty of fact within the rhetoric to allow you to make your own decisions.
I didn't notice excessive pauses by the narrator as others have mentioned except between chapters but what I did not like was the voice change(s) he tried to do for character quotations. They all reminded me of Wallace Shawn (of "The Princess Bride" movie). It is sort of a high pitched, whiny voice that started to get on my nerves after a while.
Still, I think I gained great insight into the early politics of the USA and some of the characters involved in the birth of the nation.
This was a very good audio book that kept my attention for the entire 30+ hours. I thought the narrator was good and did not notice any of the complaints that were addressed in the other reviews. I read 1776 by McCullough and this was just as good or better. This is definately worth the two credits.