ALong listen but worth it. Took 2 months here and there. This book really shows Adams contributions and commitment to the revolution.
Really did enjoy. See why this mom is so lauded.
John A. Was really a remarkable study... This book does him great justice.
I am ready to tour Boston, Philadelphia and DC after listening to this book. And I will probably read it again. I am not a history buff by any means and was expecting to quit the book early. But now I'm quoting John Adams to my husband and he could not be more thrilled that I finally share a passion of his. Feeling very patriotic.
Sometimes writer, avid reader, hiker, scuba diver, skier, runner, biker, FATHER AND HUSBAND, happy life
I enjoyed this book beyond measure. The performance and the writing are superb. Highly recommended
Great performance! Story of a great American patriot! It seems no has done more for the founding of our nation than John Adams!
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
As editorialized in the “Boston Globe” after the Marathon bombing, Boston Strong means “…a proud mix of resiliency and defiance…rooted in local culture.” David McCullough epitomizes Boston Strong in his historical and cultural biography of “John Adams”. McCullough captures the history and culture of an American patriot. Unlike Stacy Schiff’s and Ron Chernow’s stiff biographies of Cleopatra and George Washington, McCullough’s biography vivifies John Adams’ Bostonian resilience and defiance. (The dearth of first-hand historical information undoubtedly limits Schiff’s insight to Cleopatra’s inner feelings. But, McCullough notes there are reams of correspondence from Washington to friends and associates. One would think first-hand correspondence would reveal more about Washington’s inner life and emotions than Chernow’s biography of “Washington: A Life”.)
After McCullough’s book, a listener meets John Adams, in youth, maturity, and old age. John Adams is a youth with ambition, willingness to work hard, and live frugally. Adams has the innate ability to delay gratification with diligent academic study, and a mind to do what is morally and ethically right, regardless of consequence.
In maturity, Adams leaves the rural life of Braintree, Massachusetts to become a lawyer, a state representative, the first Ambassador to England, first Vice President of America, and second President of the United States.
Nearly toothless in old age, Adams returns to Braintree as an elder statesman with deep love for his country and eternal affection for his wife and family.
Adams makes mistakes, often takes others criticism poorly, and pouts when his worth and patriotic contribution is either questioned, or discounted. It is these qualities that give listeners a sense of Adams’ inner-self; his resilience and defiance in the face of human weakness. Though Adams’ great patriotic contribution to America mythologizes his stature, McCullough makes Adams “one of us” by showing Adams’ mistakes, insecurities, and frailties.
the story and writing are superb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! !!
The only problem was the narrator's choice to attempt to have vaguely different voices for various characters. In a different genre, like fiction, this may be applicable, but when reading history it's just irritating. McCullough made a much better reader on his other title, 1776.
"John Adams" is an excellent book! The author did an excellent job compiling, what seems to be, unbiased facts.
The narrator did a good job as well. There were a few instances where you could hear unwanted noises from the narrator. Regardless, this experience did not take away from the overall book.
If you are interested in early USofA history, then, this book is a must listening experience.