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)
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend interested in the story of the founding of our country and the obstacles to becoming independent and winning the war against England.
No, it is too long and I wanted to take a break. The story is interesting, partly bacause you know the end, but you don't know the road traveled between the beginning and the end. Also offered in this book is a good description of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
My first audiobook, so naturally the best.
I've read another book by McCullough. Both great books.
He reads as if just telling me the story. Very easy to understand.
Yes, but that's impossible. It's very, very long.
Resilience, determination, dedication
Although the narrator was good, the producer did not edit out long pauses or when the narrator would drink water. Mic'd up swallowing noises really took me out of the story quite a few times.
I am not a history buff but, for various reasons, recently decided to read or listen to a book about each president, in chronological order. John Adams, like the book about George Washington I listened to, was quite a long book, and with good reason, there is a lot of subject matter to cover. McCullough did a good job covering all the basics, and then some, for a beginner such as myself. Likely because I was listening and not reading, there were times I felt a little confused and had to re-listen to clarify.
I had a very difficult time adjusting to the narrator's style and nearly gave up a couple times but, eventually, I somehow got used to the many long pauses; hearing him swallow and breathe was a bit harder to ignore. I have not had this problem in the several other audiobooks I have listened to.
Overall, I think the book is well worth the credit and the hours spent listening.
I had not read the print version but have ordered it so as to have a hard copy to review. There were many of Adams quotes I would like to reference to and a printed version will make this easy.
John Adams with out a doubt, with his wife running a close second. Such an interesting personality! To many people he came off almost repulsive, but his resolve and moral compass seemed almost super human. A true patriot.
Mr Runger was excellent in his reading and I love the slightly extended pauses between paragraphs. Almost purposely letting you, for a second or two, digest the last line. As far as performance of characters, it didn't apply so much to a history book since there aren't that many direct quotes.
Not so much a moment but rather the true grit of this man that was put in to almost impossible situations that would make the best of us throw our hands up in disgust, and yet he held true to his principles with his head held high and forged on.
I will probably listen to this several times. It's that good. Not surprising though since it is one of David McCullough's
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This was my first McCollough book, so I didn't know what to expect. I am a huge Barbara Tuchmann fan and he writes like her. The story flows with such interest that you forget this is history and are enveloped in the narrative. Nelson Runger was wonderful as the reader.
I read a book about Polk recently and these would be comparable, but I would have to say this one though much longer was that much better.
He has a wonderful voice and becomes the characters he is reading. Love him!
I was very surprised at the depiction of Thomas Jefferson in this book. You would have to call him Adams "Arch Enemy", but they were able to remain in touch until their deaths on the same day.
Jefferson was sneaky, cunning, a real liar and one of the most despicable characters that ever lived and yet, he was human and was also able to write beautifully and helped make our country what it is today.
I don't think I will ever look at him with the hero worship of previous days, but I do plan on reading the Meacham book about him, because he was so complex.
Jefferson made me very angry and it's always hard when someone you admire gets taken off their pedastal. That was my most extreme reaction, that and the tender love John and Abigail Adams had for each other. They really had an ideal marriage.
HBO made a mini series from this book, and I plan on watching it.
It provided a different point on view of the era before and after the revolutionary period of our country? Normally you get Washington's and Jefferson's.
If you enjoy history and like to understand our founding fathers you may enjoy this book.
I have found this book to be everything I had expected and more. It contains wonderful insights to not only John Adams, but all of the people in his life that guided our young nation.
I think being able to listen to it over time allowed me to better grasp the deep and rich talents and experiences in Adams' life.
Listening to this audiobook has ignited my interest in history. I set myself a challenge to listen to something that I don't normally listen to. David McCullough has an ability to bring history to life. His extensive research and his clear and concise recount of events in the life of historical characters is profound. I have felt myself influenced by the character of John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams. It is the gift of a great writer to allow the historical characters to speak for themselves and to present themselves as they were, to readers and listeners of today.
I will have to re read this book every few years for the rest of my life. It changes me every time I read it. Will I ever get through it without crying when Adams and Jefferson die on the 4th of July? No.
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