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!!!
This was wonderful in every way. I believe we tend to think of people from Adams' period as dry and distant; it's hard to think of them in modern terms with emotions as we experience them. This, however, humanizes Adams like no other book I've read has done of the time. You feel like you knew him when it's over. Some of this can be attributed to the reading, which was equally as good. Highly recommended.
The book reads like poetry while telling a vivid story of the birth of our nation through the love affair of letters between John Adams, his wife Abigail and other notable personalities of the that time.
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.
Great history of our second President, John Adams. Book is a little long since he lived so long and his son was also President. Brings a unique perspective to Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House. The writing is well done.
David McCullough is truly a gifted historian. It is absolutely refreshing how he makes these characters come so alive. Love, Love, Love anything he writes. The narration on this was more than I could handle. You can hear every breath the narrator takes and there seems to be times when he takes a sip of water...I went back and listened to other books and there is none of that. I can only assume the production of the book was not done well. Nelson Runger read well...just all those extraneous sounds were so very distracting!