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)
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
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.
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.
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!
It is book the I sure turned on every time I was in the car and could listen.
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.
ALong listen but worth it. Took 2 months here and there. This book really shows Adams contributions and commitment to the revolution.
Really did enjoy. See why this mom is so lauded.
John A. Was really a remarkable study... This book does him great justice.
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.
Sometimes writer, avid reader, hiker, scuba diver, skier, runner, biker, FATHER AND HUSBAND, happy life
I enjoyed this book beyond measure. The performance and the writing are superb. Highly recommended
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