Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2002In 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 Recorded Books, All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)
David McCullough knows how to tell a tale. Like Shelby Foote, he knows the amateur historian wants to be entertained, as well as informed. The view of Jefferson seems a little one sided, but that's probably only fair in a book about Adams.
I loved listening to John Adams! The book is so easy to understand in it's clear presentation, and the author's use of original sources make it one of the best biographies I have ever read. The reader also did a super job bringing each personality to life....I can't say enough about how much I loved this book!
I am only 3 hours in and while the story is great, I can hear this guy's saliva in every pause. I can literally HEAR him move his tongue and wet his lips. This is turning my stomach. I may ask audible for a refund... So so so gross!!!
I found it fascinating and informative. A great deal of personal interaction told in the words of the people who lived and shared their lives. The book does a great job of upholding the founders as exceptional men while expressing their flaws, apprehensions and humanity.
Less swallowing between pauses.
John Adams by David McCullough is a great and thorough accounting of Adam's life and contribution to the formation of the U.S. The audiobook version is well performed, but you'd think the narrator's swallowing noises would have been edited out. They weren't great in number, but annoying nonetheless.
If you have an interest in American history, or of the American people, this is a wonderful audiobook to hear.
Well written, superbly narrated, and finely produced, it is a pleasure to hear. It is brought to life by a brave narrator who lends the characters voices and even sings lyrics to a song that was composed to satire Adams.
A wonderful project.
I heard 'John Adams' after listening to '1776' and 'John Adams' serves as both a prequel and a sequel to that audiobook! It is thorough and left me with a better understanding of the creation of this nation than any class I took on the subject.
At 30 hours, this book is long, but don't let that keep you from listening to it. The book is extremely well written and the story of John Adams, his contemporaries, and the challenges faced by them and this nation is fascinating. The country was and is very fortunate to have had his leadership. He's a role model that any of us today can look to for inspiration. If you're contemplating it, and don't have a short attention span, I urge you to listen to it.
Yes, if they enjoy history
Yes- I enjoyed the story with the history
I enjoyed listening to the book but it took a long time to finish
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