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.
Wow. Learned a lot and really enjoyed this. Little known or recognized historical bios of great significance to America. And, it's David McCullough, for heaven's sake.
A retirement coach, grandmother and active senior who listens to books while walking daily.
Like all McCullough's books, reading The Greater Journey is an educational experience couched in excellent historical non-fiction writing. It would probably be very surprising to many people to learn how much the French contributed to literature, science, the arts and architecture in the 19th and early 20th century. I have not visited Paris but I will have no problem navigating when I do next year. McCullough makes the city alive in my mind and I will be able to picture all of our country's early artists and writers sitting on their stools in the Louvre or on the benches of the parks or in the small studios tucked away on the Left Bank.
The fact that this book is so long made me happy - I did not want it to end!
Not necessarily (I have both) simply because I love the photos in the book. But, it was so wonderful to take this book on a walk every morning. My advice--get both--it's THAT good.
Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs or McCullough's Truman. All of these books provide an excellent glimpse into something unknown. So beautifully descriptive and truly captivating. A magnificent introduction to several characters and revelation of what makes them tick.
The lung under the hat...
I loved all the detail. Cannot imagine all the research into letters, journals, newspapers and
other source materials on so many people. I could almost see the author smiling as he
found some other delectable story in an obscure source.
The description of the Siege of Paris was one of the many highlights. The great
efforts of the American ambassador who worked tirelessly to save the lives of
many and the preparedness of many other Americans who aided with their
I also appreciated McCullough's switching back and forth from Paris to the
United States to link their histories together.
Herrmann's impeccable French pronunciations made the whole layout of Paris, it's
buildings, architecture come alive.
I especially enjoyed being free to see online all the art, sculpture and neighborhoods
as they were being described. Herrmann's reading, McCullough's writing and the
browsers really brought it to life.
Samuel Morse, Cooper, John Singer Sargent. Primarily the depictions of the artists.
Pioneers in Paris
While I really enjoyed listening to The Greater Journey, and would recommend it for any one who loves to listen to their books, I also felt that there were so many interesting historical ideas and threadsI wanted to pursue, that I would like to own the book in a print copy.
While there are many memorable moments in the book, they all seem to flow together like a string of pearls: intriguing, and lovely separately-- delightful as a piece.
Listening to the book allowed me to experience the 'essence of French culture' through the flow of the Herman's voice, instead of focusing on the details of history in a drier way. What came through is that the beauty of French culture had an affect on the American's who lived there, and so does Hermans delivery on us.
The beauty of this book was that it worked on me like a lilting French melody, instead of creating an extreme reaction.
While I knew about this period of history, it really came alive for me through the book's description of the characters lives in France. I was delightfully surprised by its effect.