Can't imagine all the research that went into this enlightening book.
I wish I could just go back to certain parts, for example when the White House was completed and when the Adams took possession.
This was a thorough and very personal look at one of the most influential and important figures in the fight for American independence. Told mainly through historical notes and letters, especially from and to Adams himself, it is a very good, condensed version of his life. It gets to the driving principles of the man and examines his qualities and faults together. I was not aware of how important and overarching his influence was through those years from the mid 18th century to the early 19th. The extensive personal letters used to draw from for the material lets you really get to see not only from an outsider's perspective, but through his eyes as well. It is very touching and interesting.
Such an amazing man was John Adams, and Mr. McCullough has captured him in such a thorough and thoughtful way, that I was moved to tears as this dear old man I had come to love and respect closed the last chapter of his life. This book makes clear the glory of the fight for freedom and the wonder and folly of human nature. In the end it leaves the reader with a deep reverence for life and the way God has moved in the lives of human kind to advance their freedom and happiness.
This could have been a great book, about a great man. Unfortunately, the author has destroyed a potentially enthralling book by cramming it with mundane details. Yes, Adams' life is fascinating and yes, this author does posses skill. But do we really need to know what the color of the seats were in Thomas Jefferson's chariot? Do we really need to know what the weather was like in Paris during the autumn of 1778? I love biographies and I love history, but I could not endure the barrage of trivial details stuffed into this book. Quite frankly, I cannot understand why so many have awarded this book five stars. Simple patriotism perhaps?
This is a really excellent, energetic biography of one of the more interesting Founders. Nelson Runger is a pretty good narrator, though he mispronounces a few words (ex., "aye", and pronounces Elbridge Gerry's last name "Jerry" in one spot, "Gary" in another, etc.). Those things are unfortunate and detract, but aren't deal-breakers.
The bigger problem is the recording and overall production:
- You can hear Runger's deep breathing, and the smacking sounds of his mouth between sentences.
- There are awkwardly long pauses between paragraphs (not at chapter breaks, just randomly throughout).
- The chapters of the audiobook have no correlation to the real book; an audio-chapter will end, only to continue the real chapter in the next audio-chapter. Real chapters start anywhere in the middle, and are impossible to find without simply guessing.
The book is exceptionally well written, especially its dealing with the relationships with Abigail & John Adams & Jefferson...but the narrator paused a lot & seemed to be taking drinks of water!
well done.....excellent research and very detailed but not boring.....learned a lot about the early years of our great country and the struggles that great men and women overcame
I knew nothing of John Adams before listening to this book, and now I'm on a course to learn more about our nation's birth and subsequent struggles. Loved it.