Quite simply, this was the most fascinating history I have ever read. I am grateful to David McCullough for his meticulous research and masterful writing. He has allowed me to personally know two of the nation's finest and most noble citizens, John and Abigail Adams.
I am also grateful to the narrator, Nelson Runger, whose voice fit the subject matter perfectly. It is clear he knew the book, the times and the characters inside and out.
"John Adams" is now on my ipod, my iphone and on my Kindle; it goes where I go and I intend to listen to it again and again.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Adams's insights and thoughts on art, literature, friendship, family, work ethic, history, the future, government, and politics. This book is extensively researched and well written. What a privilege to learn so much in such an entertaining way. I am recommending it enthusiastically to friends and strangers.
Please don't let the comments on the narrator's pauses keep you from listening. This is a long story that is told carefully, and occasionally story tellers pause and swallow. Although noticeable, I did not find it at all distracting.
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.
A wonderful glimpse into the life of one of our founding fathers. I had seen the miniseries and found it so interesting, I wanted to delve into the book. I enjoyed it immensely.
With his practical faith in His Creator and his fortitude, I feel a kinship with Mr Adams. I hope one day to have a discourse with him in the courts of heaven.
I have had an interest in American history for the last 20 years of my life. I have always appreciated and admired the founders of our great country, but David McCullough brought this mere appreciation to love. He brings me back to John Adams day. Nelson Runger was wonderful to listen to. I highly recommend!
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This is a long read, but worth every minute. It made history come alive for me. The reader was wonderful.