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.
I have not read the written version of this book and thus cannot compare it with the audio version. However, the audio version allowed me to paint two rooms while enjoying a great book.
A book this size needs to be consumed in pieces.
History can best be understood through biographies of great men. This audio was an enjoyable look into the life of one of this countries founding fathers.
No, not better, but a wonderful adjunct
Almost any other by the same author. It is wonderful the way he brings life and breath to historical figures without putting them on a pedestal or demonizing them. All the humanity,all the joys, all the grief that made them who they were and how they helped shape the world we know.
The death of Abigail
For those who rather have made up plots, or reality tv versions of the human story, this is not for you. This is real life. I love the detail of this biography. I am better able to understand our mutual history and appreciate what shaped MY world. If you love this country, or even if you think it could be better, or if you think it can help the world be better, here is an "Owner's Manual" for citizenship. The lives of those who dared to reach to something better, even at great personal risk.
I love to learn and share whatever excellence I discover in the process
Epic biography. Brilliantly crafted. Among the best biographies I have ever read.
See the DVD of this as well. It is on a par with the book, if not better.
I really like David McCullough and I expected this to be an historical work, but it just seemed to go on and on with too many details. Took me weeks to get through it.
I would have enjoyed it much more if were read by the author. (e.g. 1776)
The narration only added to the slow movement of the book.The narrator paused frequently and made annoying noises that were distracting.
It already has.
I love books about history but this one was not a favorite. I doubt I would try to get through it ever again.
This was a long but well put together interesting life sotry. John Adams would have been proud of this colelction.
A good biography of a great man who lived during interesting times. It was well narrated, but I kept listening to other more fast paced books rather than listening to this one, perhaps because there seemed to be too many direct quotes from Adams. Also, the events leading up to the declaration of Independence were the most fascinating, so much so, that Adam's subsequent activities as Ambassador, Vice President and President seemed less important in comparison, but this is not the author's fault. Abigail Adams was a fascinating character, and I truly enjoyed learning about her. I liked the book, only wished I had not found it slow going at times.