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)
This is a facinating account of the role that John Adams played in the founding and early development of the United States. Listening to this book provided new insight into the reasons behind the development of elements of the US, ranging from the Bill Of Rights to the influences the founding fathers had on one another.
Instead of paying respect to the depth and complexity of McCullogh's research and writing, Edward Herrmann sounds like he's reading a children's book to stupid people. The reading is also so slow that it could have been completed in 2/3rds the time had any preparation gone into the recording. Virtually unbearable.
No question why the author is so well respected by so many people. I missed the television series on John Adams and found several people talking about it and didn't want to be left out. Not wanting to listen through the 19 hours of the full version, I was very pleased with the abridged edition and didn't feel like it was left out at any point. Water cooler discussion will be much easier now!
This is one of the best written books that I have read. The author takes so many quotes from John Adams, his wife,Jefferson, and many others to truly get inside the thoughts of our founding fathers. It refreshed much of what I had forgotten about American history.
Astounding insight into the life and times of a great man, his wife and family. His views as well as those of the other principals. Interplay of our founders. The framework of Colonial and the early times of our country as relating to the delays in transport and communication. Historically superior without the slugishness of history text. I'm better for having heard it.
I have a graduate level education and have always enjoyed my history courses. I even signed up for some college courses 10 years after graduation. I could read 10 history text and still not get a feel for this important era of John Adams. I truly feel like I've transcended time and peeked in on a very different and important period of human history.
David Stephenson, MD
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