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John Adams Audiobook

John Adams

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2002

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 Recorded Books, All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)

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    Chris 10-01-15
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    "A Beautiful Work"

    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!

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    Kristina 09-29-15
    Kristina 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Do you like to hear saliva and lip smacking from your narrator?"

    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!!!

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    C. Howe Beaverton, MI USA 09-27-15
    C. Howe Beaverton, MI USA 09-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "An Extraordinary Life Told By An Extraordinary Writer"

    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.

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    Tom T. Walker Littleton, CO USA 09-18-15
    Tom T. Walker Littleton, CO USA 09-18-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great book. Swallowing sounds distracting"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less swallowing between pauses.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Martin Gilmore 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "John Adams is a wonderful audio book"

    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.

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    Benjamin 09-09-15
    Benjamin 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fun way to learn history"

    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.

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    Mr Douglas Frank 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worthwhile"

    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.

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    barbara 09-06-15
    barbara 09-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they enjoy history


    Would you be willing to try another book from David McCullough? Why or why not?

    Yes- I enjoyed the story with the history


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to the book but it took a long time to finish

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    acwa.vp 08-25-15
    acwa.vp 08-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What a great book about an interesting man."

    John Adams is likely my favorite of the revolutionaries in America. This book does a great job telling his story.

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    Nehusker33 Cheyenne, Wy 08-23-15
    Nehusker33 Cheyenne, Wy 08-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Founding Father - Great Story Most"
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Adams to be better than the print version?

    Have not seen the printed version; so don't know if it has any photographs. The thing I miss the most about the audio version vs. the print edition is that you miss any photographs the author may have put in the print edition. I wish Audible could figure out a why to include a link to the pictures or something as I miss the printed editions photographs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a story of a true American revolutionary and one of the most ardent supporters of the war of independence. It provided insights into a Founding Father that I had never know. Today’s politicians sure could use some of John Adams common sense.


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    The reader was amazing. His ability to pronounce French names of the people in John Adams life was excellent. I give the reader 10 Stars!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is book the I sure turned on every time I was in the car and could listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is well worth purchasing and enjoying. It is a great story about a great man and his family. His wife was also very amazing.

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