I don't consider myself a true history buff, but this work has awakened this in me. I understand more how a book wins the Pulitzer! I love the audio, and I also bought the book!
The sound quality for this download is horrible I often listen to Audible books in type 2 or type 3 quality but at type 4 (highest quality) "John Adams (unabridged)" is very hard to listen to. I was very close to asking for my money back but type 4 is tolerable and I really wanted to listen to this great book.
The reader does a admirable job. He is bright and cheery and matches the tone of the book well. My problem is it sounds like a very cheap microphone of the lowest quality.
The book itself is wonderfully American and describes the times well.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
There are just a few books that are so amazing to me that I dread trying to review them. This book was so rewarding for me( as you might gleam from my understated headline) that I really lack the verbiage and surly the subtlety ( lol) to do it justice.
The love story between Adams and his amazing wife is in itself more than enough for a great book..Adams personal and professional struggles and sacrifices for his warily conceived country is in itself more than enough for a great book. And his torturous friendship and correspondence with Jefferson is in itself more than enough for a great book, and naturally great books have been written on each of these areas, but here in this one book, they are all here together in one wondrously researched and written story.
John Adams was my first David McCullough book. I found his writing style so refreshingly clear, humanistic, scrupiosly researched and uniquely readable that I wasted no time purchasing all the rest of his works from Audible. While I enjoyed everything else he wrote,and have reread them all, The great bridge is a stand out that I would recommend be your next McCullough read, if you haven't read it already.
Really enjoyed this book. It made me want to learn more about Abigail Adams. I really loved everything about it.
I detest biographies that gush over their subjects, or conversely, take on a such a cynical tone you wonder how that subject ever did anything noteworthy. In this book, David McCullough strikes the perfect balance. Supported with primary sources, the author weaves a story of virtues and vices, trials and triumphs, character and hypocrisy. In the end, I did cry a little at the beauty and loss of the life that was John Adams, along with his equally amazing "best friend" Abigail. This account also helped me to better understand the rivalry between Adams and Jefferson, the turbulent years of their presidencies, and the decidedly negative role that partisanship had on their relationships and on our country. If Adams wasn't so self deprecating, I think he would have enjoyed having this book in his library.