Master historian, David McCullough, uses the letters of prolific communicators, John and Abigail Adams, to bring to life the origins of our country. This history is supremely told with such credible accuracy. A great read. Unfortunately, it is difficult to listen to this narrator. You will constantly wonder what he is eating. He swallows, chews, drinks, and generally smacks his way through this great book. Truly horrific - but I still recommend this book highly.
History told in the right way is never boring. David McCullough writes in such a way as to make you feel like you're listening to an elder reccount live experiences in front of a fireplace. I especially liked all the many quotes from letters to and from Adams, as they give an intimate insight into how peopke thought, talked, and related to obe another in our not-too-distant past. Thia book should be required reading for high school and college.
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This was a good listen but overall, I found it to be a tad boring. Edcuational but again, a little too boring for my liking and the narrator didn't quite help in that department.
Thanks to writers likeMcCullough, history will soon lose its label as long, boring, or dull. I watched part of the movie taken from this book, and became uninterested halfway through. With this book and this reading, I never lost interest at all, but managed to learn much about the greatness (and humanness) of this founding father, and much about the others as well; most dlightfully, I came to a better understanding of the incredible events leading up to the formation of our nation, as well as the precarious years of bringing this great experiment to fruition. Such beautifulluy presented research makes me marvel: never an awkward quotation or unnecessary interpretation. What a gift to modern Americans, who now have every reason to know their origins and understand them at some depth.
A well written and well read account of the life of John Adams, Farmer, Lawyer, Statesman. referencing the rich collection of correspondence that John and Abigail Adams took part in during their long and busy lives, John Adams and the historical figures who surround him, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton etc. come into focus as real people, both more and less then the sum of their public works.
Listening to this audiobook was pure joy. McCollough tells an engrossing story and the narrator (Nelson Runger) does a great job of relaying it. Adams has become one of my favorite Founding Fathers and his relationship with Abigail is inspiring. Highly recommended for both those interested in a detailed look at this time and individual and those just interested in a good story.
I love McCullough's work. His manner of telling stories is great because he always connects the dots and reminds readers/listeners about why something is said or done, and why it is important enough to include in the story. His characterizations and descriptions of people leave vivid images. It helps the reader/listener visualize what the moment was like. The story of John Adams is a great story to tell. McCullough does a good job of appearing to be fair in his assessment of Adams. I say "appears" because I am sure that some points of Adam's life are debated by historians. McCullough, however, does not imply that his assessment is the only view. He seems to want to be balanced and fair-minded. This is probably best seen in McCullough's description of all that went on between Adams and Jefferson. The reader is good. He does seem to mispronounce some names, but who knows - maybe I've had it wrong all along. The book is a solid A+ and the reader is a good A-.
For anyone interested in US history this is a must read/listen. As we hear people complain about current US Presidents and Congress it was humorous to read that this same problem has been going on since the beginning! Kind of put things in perspective. My only complaint is the narrator read the story slowly. I ended up listening to it at 2x speed.
Quite simply, this was the most fascinating history I have ever read. I am grateful to David McCullough for his meticulous research and masterful writing. He has allowed me to personally know two of the nation's finest and most noble citizens, John and Abigail Adams.
I am also grateful to the narrator, Nelson Runger, whose voice fit the subject matter perfectly. It is clear he knew the book, the times and the characters inside and out.
"John Adams" is now on my ipod, my iphone and on my Kindle; it goes where I go and I intend to listen to it again and again.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Adams's insights and thoughts on art, literature, friendship, family, work ethic, history, the future, government, and politics. This book is extensively researched and well written. What a privilege to learn so much in such an entertaining way. I am recommending it enthusiastically to friends and strangers.
Please don't let the comments on the narrator's pauses keep you from listening. This is a long story that is told carefully, and occasionally story tellers pause and swallow. Although noticeable, I did not find it at all distracting.