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John Adams Audiobook
John Adams
Written by: 
David McCullough
Narrated by: 
Nelson Runger
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)

What Members Say

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    Mr Douglas Frank 09-09-15
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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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    Amazon Customer 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "On my list for a long time. Not disappointed"

    ALong listen but worth it. Took 2 months here and there. This book really shows Adams contributions and commitment to the revolution.

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    Gray Plano, TX, United States 08-11-15
    Gray Plano, TX, United States 08-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Audio by David M."

    Really did enjoy. See why this mom is so lauded.

    John A. Was really a remarkable study... This book does him great justice.

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    Jared Cardiff 07-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Converted History Nerd"

    I am ready to tour Boston, Philadelphia and DC after listening to this book. And I will probably read it again. I am not a history buff by any means and was expecting to quit the book early. But now I'm quoting John Adams to my husband and he could not be more thrilled that I finally share a passion of his. Feeling very patriotic.

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    L. Thompson mid-Michigan 07-28-15
    L. Thompson mid-Michigan 07-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Book"

    I didn't know that I could be do engrossed by a non-fiction book. I was glued. Excellent writing and narration.

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    Kurt M. Hayes Attleboro, MA USA 07-28-15
    Kurt M. Hayes Attleboro, MA USA 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Sometimes writer, avid reader, hiker, scuba diver, skier, runner, biker, FATHER AND HUSBAND, happy life

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    "Exceptional"

    I enjoyed this book beyond measure. The performance and the writing are superb. Highly recommended

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    Kristin 07-26-15
    Kristin 07-26-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Such a terrific story!"

    I will be replaying this book many times! My only suggestion is to have had a woman's voice for Abigail Adams.

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