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.
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"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)
I don't think you can compare the two. I both read parts, and listened to parts. It was a matter of what suited my needs at the time.
He was one of the slowest readers I have come across so far. The abnormally long pauses between paragraphs started to become infuriating. Because of this it started to drag on.
This book is great! After reading other biographies of presidents in Adams' time, I was worried that it would be a very dull read (because he had been portrayed so by biographers of his contemporaries). I was very pleasantly surprised and learned a lot!
One of the most enjoyable and engaging biographies I've ever listened to. Like many of McCullough's books, I found myself spacing out less than with other historical works.
I loved the use of the letters between the Adams to tell the bulk of the story
Yes. This is on par with his other narrations in McCullough's books.
No. I felt it was better digested in increments.
this book should have been titled a bromance about the life of Adams and Jefferson. There was what seemed to be as much about Jefferson here as Adams. The book was okay but if you're looking for a deep dive into the life of John Adams is not the one.
I read it right before the HBO Series came out and it turned me into a Founding Father frenzy. Ten years later I have a bookshelf of used books on the founding fathers. David McCullough is now my favorite author because he takes into the mind of John Adams and Abigail Adams of not only their struggle of the revolution, politics and fame but gives the struggle of raising a family from John Adams early life to his death. You can't get any more personal of a founding father than this book. Just a Masterpiece!!!!!
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Author does a good job like McCullough of putting you in the place of the subject (Hamilton) shoes from birth to death. You see the family/personal side to Hamilton as he struggles with founding a nation/government.
I wish I could sit in one setting but it's too long.
Put this Book on your wishlist, you won't regret it!
The was a wonderful book. However, the narrator's mouth sounds and breathing sounds were so pervasive and frequently loud, I was driven to distraction.
My only complaint is that at either chapter ends, or section the pause in between is too long. I kept thinking that my phone application had accidentally been turned off.
It is inspiring to learn of a man who had such high ideals which he struggled so hard to fulfill. There were 1 or 2 chapters that were difficult to get through but those mostly focused on someone other than John Adams.
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