Tells the story of the most neglected founding father of the U.S.A. That Adams was a thinker whose ideas shaped the Constitution. That he was one of the first and most vehement in calling and FIGHTING for American independence from England. That he fought for his whole life for his ideas. That he lived out his old age in happiness and died a fine death. (I tire of biographies of men I admire whose final days are marked by misfortune, tragedy and loss).
When Adams secured the acknowledgement and formal recognition of the sovereignty of The United States of America as an Independent State by the Dutch Government.
This is the main reason I'm writing this review. Perhaps this was suggested by the producer, but the reader has the incredibly annoying habit of taking long pauses between sections of the book. Presumably this is to "mark" the divisions, but it just made me wonder if my reader had failed.Another thing that is a particular pet peeve of mine (and might not even be noticed by others), is that I detest "mouth noises" when listening to an audio book. This includes, smacking, dry, pasty mouth sounds, breathing noises and the like. Surely these can be eliminated with judicious miking or filtering?
The moment above brought me to tears. Also, the trials and death of Adams' daughter, Nabby.
I loved the richness of the narator's voice unfolding the story of our country's beginnings
The correspondence between John and Abigail was enlightening and heartwarming. Their letters are a big part of the unfolding of the personal thoughts during this time of John Adams.
John Adams was my favorite.
No. This is not a book to be listened to more than once, at least in a short period of time. It was a great account of John Adams life and times but not spellbinding.
I enjoyed the look into the life of great leaders in that period. I believe I now have a good picture of John Adams and his personality.
Very entertaining. Good rhythm and tone. Used different voices when quoting various characters.
No. A little too detailed for extended listening.
please stop talking. i'm reading.
Interesting, yet one-sided account of a great man. In the author's mind, John Adams was always right and honorable as opposed to Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Above all, I loved the correspondence between John and Abigail. I'm interested in reading more David McCullough due to his highly informative, yet never boring style of writing.
I highly recommend this biography, but warn that the narrator almost ruined it for me. His voice is pleasant, but he takes long pauses, deep breaths and there are weird swallowing sounds - it's very distracting. Also, for some reason, he sounds like the guy from "Get Smart" when he is speaking as John Adams.
You can feel the research McCullough used to put this story together. You get lost in time and stay entertained in relateable eloquence.
I could really feel like I understood John Adams and really enjoyed the honesty. The book uses Adams' correspondence and gives the feeling of hearing John's story in his own words. I watched the television series along with listening to this title, and as is typical, the book is better! (The series stayed pretty close to the book, though.)
The death scene. What an epic event!!
The correspondence between Adams and Jefferson in their twilight years makes me think of my love for my friends. I know that no matter what they do, I will always love them for who they are.
I'm planning on getting other McCullough books.
I would recommend this to a complete history buff. But for someone like me, not really. After having listened to all of Dan Carlings hardcore history this one seems a bit lame. Its a very well researched book but as a story it is a bit boring. The story is told using the same language they used in writing in John Adams time and I feel like I am reading one of those history books from the 50's we had in High School. To me its a bit of a lost opportunity.
Old school, strong, flat.
Not really. This is the first book from Audible that i did not finish.
I read this book because I'm a history buff, I loved this book because it reinvigorated some dieing patriotism. For being a biography the author did an incredible job of making John Adams story relevant, its engaging and a great look at the birth of America. My favorite part of the book is the story about the Adams and Jefferson friendship that was nearly torn apart by partisan politics. Living in a time of crippling partisanship, name calling, and slander it was interesting to see that things really are not so different then from now.
Yes, this book was very entertaining as well as informative. It was well researched and narrated as well.
I liked the amount of detail that was presented about John Adams and the tribulations of the birth of our nation.
I liked Nelson's portrayal of Abigail Adams.
I laughed at certain parts as well as teared up with pride and admiration at others especially when thinking about the unselfish acts of some in the service of our nation.
This book is really only for someone who already thinks that Adams built our country, the pyramids and the hanging gardens of Babylon single-handedly, affects the tides and causes the planets to revolve around the sun. I expect any biographer to become enamored with his subject, but McCullough goes too far. Every thing Adams does has a ridiculously positive spin, and McCullough suggests that Adams was the driver of every major effort undertaken in his lifetime. All others who may be considered rivals, Jefferson in particular, are belittled and have negative characteristics associated with them.
Given how loose McCullough was with the facts and motivations of the players, even accurate portrayals of events are hard for me to believe because I know that most of the rest is exaggerated or made up. So, no, I wouldn't read another book by McCullough, even though I've heard that some have very good reviews.
McCullough sayings things like: "Adams was without a doubt the hardest worker in the congress.", "Nobody cared more for the cause of freedom than Adams.", "Adams was the most respected..." Those aren't exact quotes, but pretty much every paragraph has him saying something like that. There's way too many overly positive opinions of Adams by the author that are written as if they are fact.
The narrator's voice was too Midwestern, and highly pitched overall, and ESPECIALLY when supposedly quoting Adams's own words -- one notch below chipmunk voice IMHO. The narrator certainly made no mistakes -- just the wrong tone and pitch for John Adams.
The writing was interestingly organized,despite a lot of detail to track for a listeners. I loved the development of JA's character and the inclusion of Abigail (of course) and others less well known from history such as Benjamin Rush.