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.
Yes, to hear the story of our great history in this great city was captivating. I found myself googling the references to the various artworks as the story was read.
All the parts about Agustus St Gauden. He was a fascinating and talented artist that I never knew! His underdog story of drive and determination was very interesting.
When Gauden gets his first commission.
The Siren call of Paris
Wonderfully read by the author and Edward Hermann -- their voices blend nicely and the switches are not distracting in the least
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
No one teaches me more about what I feel I should know something about and do not than Mr.McCullough. From Adams to the rest of the Founding Fathers to Truman, I have been educated and entertained at every turn. This superb telling of a period and place in history that I simply was uninformed of is yet another example of a master at work. I was especially grateful to learn of the influence of Parisian medicine on the development of modern western medicine. Someone called him the American Herodotus. I simply would call him the consummate story teller and teacher. He loves his subject matter, and he loves his readers, and it always shows. I am grateful to Audible for allowing me access to so much that would be difficult for me to sit and read.
David McCullough manages to weave the biographies of a dozen 19th century American painters, writers, physicians and diplomats into an engaging and totally pleasurable experience. The only disappointment was that it ended; the only shortcoming was that it lacked photographs and pictures.
I bought this book because I like to listen to substantial books about history and I have enjoyed others by David McCullough. After I had finished it, my book club decided to read it. I thought I would listen to bits and pieces to refresh my memory, but I wound up going back to the beginning and listening to the whole book again, enjoying it as much the second time as I had the first.