We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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!
Regular Price:$26.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1112 )
5 star
 (675)
4 star
 (305)
3 star
 (103)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (17)
Overall
4.7 (200 )
5 star
 (142)
4 star
 (47)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (202 )
5 star
 (139)
4 star
 (42)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-03
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-03 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    510
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    439
    332
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    244
    0
    Overall
    "more like a history of the United States"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chas Catonsville, MD, USA 04-02-04
    Chas Catonsville, MD, USA 04-02-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Good Topic, TERRIBLE Reading"

    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.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 04-12-08
    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 04-12-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    100
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    122
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Well Done!"

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Richmond, VA, USA 08-25-04
    John Richmond, VA, USA 08-25-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "John Adams was a great man"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jesse 05-14-03
    Jesse 05-14-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    232
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    127
    61
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    "John Adams"

    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.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gary Windsor, CA, USA 08-12-08
    Gary Windsor, CA, USA 08-12-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Snoozer"

    horrible..nothing like the TV program

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Rome, NY, USA 01-04-03
    David Rome, NY, USA 01-04-03
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    "John Adams"

    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

    0 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 61-67 of 67 results PREVIOUS167NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.