One of the best historical audiobook I have heard
The author writes with a flair for using words not normally found in conversation, yet Mr. Fass was impeccable in his reading.
I love to learn and I love to listen to true stories, biographies, history and real life adventures.
I purchased this book due to it's high ratings and to supplement my learning in an American National Government class I was taking at the time. It proved to be more than valuable as I was able to better understand and appreciate my class more. I would have listened to this book either way. ☺
this is a great overview of the period it covers form an incredibly knowledgeable and detailed scholar. If you are interested in American history, you need to read this book. If you aren't, this is a great book to read a little beyond your usual comfort zone. I'd guess you will be pretty interested in American history by the time you finish.
Addicted to audio-books.
I read "John Adams" by David McCullough before I listened to this book. Such a striking difference on the perspective of John Adams. Wood obviously does not think much of Adams, commenting that Adams was interested in his own importance, which is in stark contrast to other opinions. It was an interesting book, but colors the characters too much with his (Wood's) opinions.
I was truly disappointed in this book. The "early American Republic" is one of my favorite era's of history and I read lots of reviews of Gordon Wood and was excited to experience his book. It was a real let down. In my mind it was tedious and boring as he went into characters that had only a marginal impact on society while, seemingly intentionally, bypassing such figures as Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, etc. Again, this was likely intentional as there are LOTS of books that tell their stories, but to barely mention them was bordering on negligence. This was not nearly as good as books written by McCullough and others.
The reader of this book talked so fast and in such a monotone that I found it extremely difficult to follow the text. One thing just sort of bled into another. I love early American history and was looking forward to a more detailed look at our earliest years as a new country. It's a shame, I really wanted to like this book. It was difficult for me to get anything much out of it.
This book deepened my owe and admiration of the American experiment in establishing a lasting great experiment in establishing and validating that a republic built on liberty for all is possible. Seldom in history that a nation is blessed with several outstanding almost super human quality, the founding fathers and first presidents and leaders enabling this experiments to be a reality. God bless America and save the west
Histories can tend to be dry reading. This one kept my attention well. It is not as captivating as an historical fiction novel, but was undoubtedly more accurate. It was especially interesting to me as I was taking a college course in US History while I was listening. It gave me a much better appreciation for the revolution in thought and culture that precipitated the American Revolution and that grew out of it - two very different things. This American experiment in Republican liberty is truly an astonishing thing, and the founders of our country deserve our deepest respect and admiration.
Wonderful development of the history of our country. Not having been much of a history student, it was deeply moving to learn how we developed in the late 1700's.
Robert Fass has a superb voice for a very long read. Never got tired of his voice. Some, like Scott Brick, are for me, good for a short read. But Robert Fass is just superb.