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.
"The portrait that emerges is altogether fascinating." (Amazon.com)
"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)
Bought the abridged version by accident. Loved this book, but I felt like I'd missed all the good parts. Get the unabridged version.
This was a great book if you are interested in John Adams, the people in his life (like Thomas Jefferson)and the times he lived in. The narrator has a pleasant voice. I enjoyed this books and you will also.
I read this book in print, and have now downlaoded it. A refreshingly realistic take on the formation of America and the people responsible for it. This was the first thing to ever make me proud of America, though I mourn parts of what my country has become. A must read for anyone who is interested or concerned about the state of this Nation and the world in which we live.
This is nothing like your history professor, droning on and on with his dates and statistics, telling the occasional lame joke, and trying really hard to get you to appreciate the subject as much as he does.
Instead, you will find a well-presented look at an important man in American history. Not THE most important, but quite significant notheless. Relying heavily on letters and journals, this account gives us an inside look at the man and those around him without becoming too warm and fuzzy, (aka: overly sentimental).
Even so, the abridged version was plenty long. Unless you have a passion for Adams, spending 9 hours learning about him is plenty, only leaving out one part of his life that I wish had not been cut: his contentious run for the Presidency against Thomas Jefferson.
This isn't one of those books I wished would never end, but it is one that left me feeling happily wiser.
Very enjoyable, I listened to it 3 times over the past 2 months while riding to and from work on the bus. Never saw Adams as a freedom fighter until now. His life long romance with Abigail was well worth the time I spent listening. His description of Thomas Jefferson was so New Englander.
This book was quite well written and enjoyable to listen to. Adams was truly a remarkable man. I only have two criticisms of the book. First, when it comes to Adams' presidential term, the coverage seems a little thin. Perhaps this first criticism is related to my second--that the author seems to always try to paint Adams in a sympathetic light(and there were some negative things in Adams' presidency, particularly the Alien and Sedition Acts). Adams was remarkable in many ways, but I feel that to truly understand who he was it is important to look not only at his strengths, but also his shortcomings. To see Adams from another point of view and fill in some historical gaps, I recommend reading or listening to some other historical accounts focused on other founding figures, such as Jefferson and Washington. But I should emphasize that this biography is rich in many details of Adams' life--not only his political life, but his personal as well. In particular, the book does a wonderful job of drawing from Adams' private letters, as well as those of his wife and friends.
As far as the audio reading goes, the reader does a wonderful job. My only disappointment was that there are a few short sections where a female voice comes in and summarizes a section of the book--I assume that this is part of the abridgment, but it was a little annoying. Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it.
It's wonderful to read biographies of such great people! Listening to this book helped me understand how important a figure John Adams was in the founding of our country. It also helped me understand how important divine providence was to Adams and the other founders. I would recommend it to anyone.
I thought this book was OK, but it sort of took the view that everything J.A. did was great. That made the book rather bland. Nonetheless I do not regret buying it because I was glad to find out more about an important person in American history and about the revolutionary period. I learned about not only Adams, but Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin too.
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