Listening to this audiobook has ignited my interest in history. I set myself a challenge to listen to something that I don't normally listen to. David McCullough has an ability to bring history to life. His extensive research and his clear and concise recount of events in the life of historical characters is profound. I have felt myself influenced by the character of John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams. It is the gift of a great writer to allow the historical characters to speak for themselves and to present themselves as they were, to readers and listeners of today.
I will have to re read this book every few years for the rest of my life. It changes me every time I read it. Will I ever get through it without crying when Adams and Jefferson die on the 4th of July? No.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
If you are interested in politics, American Revolutionary history or John Adams this book is a must, but if you are just thinking of reading this because it won a prize or looks interesting don't.
Accurate, annoying, and American.
Politics of the American Revolution
Good history, great writing, annoying narration, accurate story and interesting background. Can't wait now to watch the HBO Television series. To be fair, I am not that interested in American Revolutionary History but glad I listen to this book from a political point of view.
I love listening to audiobooks during my long drive to work and while I clean house. Historical fiction, Biography, History and novels with strong, well-written characters appeal to me most of all.
yes, to catch the details i missed...it is full of information.
John and Abigail -- too obvious? I love to read about a person who has integrity and sticks to his principles through everything
no, this is the first of his
the image of george washington, john adams and thomas jefferson on the same platform during adams' inauguration was a striking one.
The wonderful life experience of great man
The parallel established with Thomas Jefferson.
The wonderful relation he shares with his wife, her support, his trust.
It is a bit long for that, but I was captivated and dedicated every free moment to hearing it!
A wonderful page of the making of the USA.
The narration, and detail of history.
His thoughts in later years about himself.
Any where he and his wife are in conversation alone together.
The political tumult of yesterday so much like today!
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.
McCullough wrote an excellent narrative, combining letters and journal entries with the sequential events of the Adams' lives. Runger's voice was too folksy, and his depiction of Abigail turned an intelligent and interesting woman into a simplistic, sing-song whiney frump. It wasn't to my taste.
His love of literature, the philosophers and Shakespeare and his commitment to financial solvency.
When I hear a narrator read for different voices, I should be able to hear the character or person and forget the narrator. Simon Vance seems to excell at this. Runger, not so much.
Listening with interest
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.