The content is great. While the narrator, the late Nelson Runger is considered to be one of the best, I find his style not fully to my liking. The pauses and other "noises" take away a bit from the book.
That's a strange question. What I took the most from the book was the incredible mind and patriotism of John Adams. His contributions were as great, if not greater, than the other founding fathers, but he doesn't get the press of Jefferson or Hamilton.
I listen, in part, based on the book itself. That being said, if I have a choice of several books, and if Runger is the narrator of one of them, I might well choose one of the other books.
Uh. No. Its a book with a length of more than 30 hours with lots of complex ideas and detailed history.
A fantastic telling of the amazing and improbable story of one of the most important founding fathers. Too few citizens know anything about the birth of our nation and that is a great shame.
The last years of his life and his views on life after his presidency.
I enjoy Nelsons voice but what bothers me is his drinking water and having to hear long pauses while he does it. Im more upset with the editor than i am the reader for not cutting it out.
I've read and listened to this book several times. John Adams even without his presidency lead an amazing life. Johns views on life, especial towards the end of his, have helped me in my own life and seeing things in kinder light. If your in question, don't be, get this book!
Its a 29 hour commitment
The narrator reads at you, not to you. When he quotes Adams as is often required, the narrator increases the pitch of his voice as if he is acting the part. I would like to imagine the voice of this great man to be, well, great. So the reading punctures that fantasy. The author's own reading of 1776 was more effective.
I would absolutely listen to this again and plan on it. There is a lot of information in this great book but it does not feel as though it is a lecture. David McCullough does a great job and the narrator knocks it out of the park.
John Adams of course!
His smooth voice makes it easy to listen, sometimes you even forget you are listening to an audiobook altogether when the information is flowing.
I had no extreme reactions except for awe at the stature of a man such as John Adams.
Beautifully written and compellingly read, kept me on the edge of my seat . . . Even though I knew the events and endings. A great book about an even greater man.
David McCullough knows how to tell a tale. Like Shelby Foote, he knows the amateur historian wants to be entertained, as well as informed. The view of Jefferson seems a little one sided, but that's probably only fair in a book about Adams.