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John Adams Audiobook

John Adams

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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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    Terry Joe Harlon 10-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A well narrated story about an amazing patriot !"

    John Adams led and Abigail led amazing lives . I was very pleased to learn all the details presented in this great book . Patriot Adams worked very long and hard for our nation and Mrs . Adams was quite a strong lady to have been able to bear all the years with her husband gone away on business of the nation . It was also very interesting to hear all the details of how the Adams children grew up . The letters read as part of the book give us a valuable gimps at how beautifully our colonial ancestors used the language . I highly recommend this book .

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    Roy 09-19-11
    Roy 09-19-11

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    "Abridged vs unabridged?"

    If given a choice I will usually take the unabridged of any audiobook however due to Edward Herman's talents as a narrator I opted for the abridged version in this case. As usual David McCullough's work is thorough and this material segues with his other work like 1776 quite well. 5 stars across the board!

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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "man of character"

    John Adams' life presented in an interesting and engaging way, as only a master like McCullough can do.

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    Margaret Flagstaff, AZ, USA 05-27-10
    Margaret Flagstaff, AZ, USA 05-27-10
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    "A great way to learn about our Founding Fathers"

    I enjoyed this book. I am glad I decided on the abridged, however. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the female who filled in the gaps occasionally. She reminded me of the voice on an emergency weather radio that I think is computerized, yuk!

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    Bruce 11-28-09
    Bruce 11-28-09
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    "an amazing American"

    McCullough brings to life the story of a most amazing American. While we are taught much about Washington and Jefferson, I wonder how this true patriot has never received his share of credit for the creation of the country - until now. One of the best biographies I have ever read. McCullough makes you understand the mind, the efforts of a remarkable man. He gave his whole life to create a nation. Thanks to McCullough for a well written historical novel we can now know more about John Adams and his influence on the birth of this country.

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    James Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 09-20-09
    James Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 09-20-09
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    "Excellent narration by Edward Herman"

    An excellent narration by Edward Herman makes this audio book a delight to listen to. McCullough has a wonderful way of making history and biography so immediate and real. I also recommend McCullough's Truman and Mornings on Horseback (Although I read those books, and did not have them on audio.)

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    Bob San Diego, CA, USA 05-29-09
    Bob San Diego, CA, USA 05-29-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Insightful, surprising and fun"

    Never realized what a great man John Adams was throughout his life. He is how Americans think. Freedom, independence and duty don't do him justice.

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    Michael Plano, TX, United States 11-02-08
    Michael Plano, TX, United States 11-02-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Get the unabridged, by all mean"

    Bought the abridged version by accident. Loved this book, but I felt like I'd missed all the good parts. Get the unabridged version.

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    Paula Altamont, IL, USA 08-26-08
    Paula Altamont, IL, USA 08-26-08
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    "John Adams"

    Excellent book and fascinating facts I didn't know before listening to it. History came into a new perspective for me.

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    Robert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-08
    Robert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    Very interesting and historically accurate.

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