I now understand why some people decide to be history majors. I had no idea history could be so interestingly told. I will be coming back to this audiobook again and again. I see myself sharing it with my children, re-listening to it before my next trip to Paris or to our National Parks and monuments. Oh what it will be like to walk, look and feel Paris with this history that I now have in my mind. I will never look at a bronze statue in the same way again. In fact, I will never look at my own work in the same way again. Gone are any doubts about the care I take when working on my craft! That is what I love most about having listened to this audiobook. Everyone should enjoy this experience. It will be one of the best gifts you give yourself. And we can all enjoy a good gift.
had just traveled to Paris so found this read interesting. many details of life and famous personalities that have added to our current world from medical advancements, art, building of the famous tower.
Wow. History of Paris and the Americans of the time came alive for me with this great work of history. Figures in art, medicine, science and literature intertwined and cross-pollinated and were captured by Mr McCullough. I feel more enlightened and still wanting to learn more--a sign of a great work of writing and story telling.
Exceptional insight into the influence of Paris and its culture upon the Americans of the 19th and early 20th century. Narrative by Edward Hermann is world class. Plan to listen to and read it again before next trip to Paris.
McCullough is one of my favorite writers. His subjects are spectacular and the use of historical journals mixed with his genius for storytelling always make for rich enjoyment. As an art lover, I admit to cringing through the reader's pronunciation of Robert Henri. Ouch. Highly recommend this.
The women Impressionists
These questions don't relate well to this book. Need to re=do them.
No: I listen while driving, and while McCullough is an excellent writer, the narrator's voice puts me right to sleep!
Absolutely not - it should be savored in chunks.
A long and good read, but the introductory passages are very dull.
On this book, I found them to be complimentary. I was unfamiliar with many of the central figures and acts in this time and found those details easier to grasp with the printed version. Once I had established that base of knowledge I was enraptured by the audio edition.
How new all of the information was to me. It was really the dawn of pure Americanism.
Enlightening, entertaining, human.
The central character of this overview history is the city of Paris itself. I have never been to Paris, but I feel that I know it and love it from reading this book. This is the story of Americans in Paris and it is the Paris loved by them that I have come to appreciate. None of the many artists whose lives and works are described in the book receive in-depth study, but the overview of the many, instead of the deep focus on the one, creates a cohesive and complete picture of a time and a place filled with both pathos and charm.
Edward Hermann is an exceptionally gifted narrator and actor. With subtlety and style he brings this wide ranging collection of personal vignettes to life. He is a wholly American artist, with a wholly American voice. The perfect choice for this work.
I enjoyed the work more than I had expected to. I am a fan of David McCullough's extensive biographies, but was uncertain if this work would appeal to me. I was very moved by the courage and strength, by the failures and weaknesses, by the hope and triumphs of the individuals whose stories are told. The author knows how to take his source materials and weave them into a poignant, delightful and very human story.