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John Adams | [David McCullough]

John Adams

With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!
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Publisher's Summary

In this powerful, epic biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution. Adams thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might; he traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; he rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; he was rightly celebrated for his integrity, and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and his marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Much about Adams' life will come as a surprise to many. His rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits few would have dared and that few listeners will ever forget.

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

©2001 David McCullough; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Non-Fiction (abridged), 2002
  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Biography or Autobiography, 2002

"The portrait that emerges is altogether fascinating." (Amazon.com)
"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)

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    Donald Arlington, VA, US 04-29-08
    Donald Arlington, VA, US 04-29-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Get the Unabridged"

    I started with the Unabridged, and when the incessant details of his correspondence with Abigail became tiresome, I downloaded the abridged version. Unfortunately, there were two sentences on the Brooklyn battle where Washington was defeated, whereas the Unabridged painted a much more vivid picture of this battle. I went back to the Unabridged and enjoyed it to the end.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. Walker Santa Rosa CA 04-02-05
    J. Walker Santa Rosa CA 04-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent biography of a most dedicated patriot"

    This is an excellent story of one of the two biggest promoters of the American Revolution. Jefferson wrote and Adams spoke, and people would pay attention. It's based mostly on John Adam's and others letters and comes alive as read by Edward Hermann and others. Nobody writes likes that anymore and it's a joy to hear the descriptive narrative of John, Thomas, Abigail and John Quincy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has even a passing interest in the American Revolution.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 03-22-05
    Michele 03-22-05
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    "Don't Miss This One! A Must Read"

    More drama and tension than Hollywood could muster is present here in the real life drama of the birth of our country as told through the biography of John Adams. The story line is compelling. The narrator is superb. Who would have imagined US history could be this engaging. A MUST READ.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    W. Sid Vogel 08-29-12
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    "A wonderful analysis of a Great American"
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Adams to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was spectacular. I have not read the print version, but the depth of character that comes through the audio version could not be reproduced in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just how religion motivated John Adams, and so many other American patriots. Also, the family difficulties Adams faced, as well as the political and economic challenges he faced. His life was difficult but he felt a 'calling' to lead, support, and defend the creation of this new nation conceived in liberty. How Adams had the gall and guts to defend the British soldiers accused of killing the patriots in Boston is inspiring. He defended them based on principle, and though the other Bostonians did not like it, they respected the motivation of the man. Finally, the love story between the man and the wife is sensational.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was an excellent performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The American Patriot


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the book, you will be grateful that we had such men at the founding of our Nation that help to birth us, give us our guiding principles and documents, and demonstrate what duty and service to one's country really means.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-18-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-18-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "In this case, abridged is OK"

    This is about the only abridgment I would ever recommend of any book I've listened to on Audible. Edward Herrmann does a wonderful job, and the original work is so very long (even for McCollough) that a shorter version is actually preferable.
    John Adams was a fascinating man with an extraordinary wife and family. He has been overshadowed by the fame of Washington and Jefferson, perhaps unfairly. This is a very informative and entertaining account of his life and his importance in American history. A great biography!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DWM Bradenton, FL 12-17-08
    DWM Bradenton, FL 12-17-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Wonderfully written book"

    A well written book about the life and times of one of the most important members of the founding fathers. I listened to 1776 prior to this and there was very little overlap and the book really makes you feel like you know these men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn M. Coombs 05-24-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Inspiring"

    I'm naming my first born son after John Adams after listening to the McCullough work. The book is great and gives tremendous depth into the relationship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Denver, CO, USA 01-24-05
    Nancy Denver, CO, USA 01-24-05
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    "Review of John Adams by David McCullough"

    I listened to this audiobook twice -- once to find out what happened, and the second time to digest it more fully and pay attention to the names and dates when they flew by. It's a wonderful introduction to the characters who founded our nation. I'm in awe of John Adams and how much he helped create a marvelous system of government. His honesty, devotion to the public spirit, love of reading, joy in his family and lifelong dedication to creating a more perfect union are an inspiration. His ongoing relationship and correspondence with Thomas Jefferson is remarkable. This is a marvelous book, written in the cadence of the time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Jacksonville, FL, USA 12-02-04
    Elizabeth Jacksonville, FL, USA 12-02-04
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    "Great Man, Great Read"

    Hesitated before downloading. Afraid of being bored to death, as I am not much of a history buff. I am now in my second "listen", I enjoyed it so much I hated for it to end! Great history lesson, plenty of suspense, and romance, too. And it is non-fiction! I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys any aspect of reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Francisco, CA, USA 10-09-04
    Christopher San Francisco, CA, USA 10-09-04
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    "John Adams"

    Long, but fantastic read. I learned so much about American history that they never taught in school. It is also amazing how little has changed on the political landscape in over 200 years.

    I really enjoyed the way the author used correspondance to bring the individuals and their circumstances to light.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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