This is one of the best histories I've listened to. At no point does it drag. I was fascinated with everyone McCullough discussed in the book. At times, it almost reads like a narration of some great fictional work, the subjects are so interesting. Of course, this is nothing new for David McCullough, as all of his histories have this quality.
As with all of McCullough's books, "The Greater Journey" is filled with memorable characters--James Fennimore Cooper; Samuel B. Morse; Augustus St. Gaudens; and best of all, Elihu Washburne, the hero of the siege of Paris. McCullough's material here lacks the same strong narrative thread that makes works like "1776" and "Truman" as irresistable as potato chips. Instead, there are several narrative clusters: Cooper and Morse, which is full of quotes from wonderful letters and diaries; Washburne's time as ambassador, which will make you proud to be an American and amazed that his name is not better known; and the artists of the late 19th century, such as St. Gaudens, Whistler, and Cassatt. The first two clusters are fascinating; the last merely interesting--and the end a weak fade-out. But it's still far better than 90% of the other history audiobooks on this site, and Edward Herrmann is McCullough's best reader (after Nelson Runger).
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I don't care what kind of butter they ate in Paris or how bumpy the road was getting there. I want to hear about their intellectual experiences. Does it ever get to that? I will never know. It is too boring to continue listening.
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As always, it is a pleasure to listen to Prof McCullough's new book. His mind is a repository of historical vignettes. I wonder if he used his enduring typewriter again. He should however give up narrating his book to some younger guys like Scott Brick.
The reading is so boring I could not listen to this one. I think this one is a waste of money. Even when I turned the speed up I got bored.
It is a great book describing our history paired with the activities of France.
Liked his performance; did not like the Audio download- half the book is missing.
Audible download was very poor
Great historical book, but does not deserve the pump Audible.com made of it. I sad I've wasted the money to purchase it.