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John Adams | [David McCullough]

John Adams

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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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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    "A terrific read for anyone interested in America"

    The history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and those involved especially John Adams is a must for anyone interested in American History.

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    Brian Cochran La Mesa, CA United States 03-22-15
    Brian Cochran La Mesa, CA United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A truly great book."

    This is seminal work about John Adams. The reading captures the essence of the story and the man. Highly recommended.

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    NDFletch 03-05-15
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    "An uncommon man"

    John Adams was an uncommon man. Blessed with a wonderful wife, he accomplished much during a momentous time of world history.

    My only criticism of this read is with the producer, who seemed to no be around after the first segment. Of course the narrator must breathe, swallow and take a few seconds to gather himself before reading the next chapter, or perhaps take a drink of water or tea. But the pregnant pauses had me thinking something was wrong with the playback, and the narrator's swallowing and breathing distracted from the otherwise excellent reading

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    "great story, all should listen"

    This man's life is a story of great value. It is an amazing way to learn about the beginning of the USA and understand in a truly deep way where so much of what we have came from, and is sure to inspire awe.

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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliantly written and very well researched. Brought the events and people of the fight for independence to life. Fascinating history.

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    "McCullough at his best!"

    As usual David McCullough brings out little know facts to paint a vivid picture and bring the story to life. His descriptions of the characters allow you to understand their place in time and circumstance.

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    MIGHTYA 02-24-15
    MIGHTYA 02-24-15

    Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.

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    "A 5 Stars History Book, Reads Like Great Novel"

    I didn't know a history book can be so interesting, it reads like a great novel! Everything about the book is as described in Publisher's Summary. The narrator was amazing and managed to engage me for the whole 30 hours of this historical audiobook. A truly positive and inspiring experience!

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    C. Johnson 02-05-15
    C. Johnson 02-05-15

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    "Beautiful man, beautiful life, a beautiful work"

    Captured my attention from beginning to end, really felt like I was present and was overcome with emotion during challenging periods as if they were occurring in real time. A great work of bringing the past age to life in the present age.

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    Jen B. NJ 02-04-15
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    "An first-rate biographical masterpiece!"

    This work far exceeded my expectations going into it. I learned immensely about the man and the time period, including a vast array of items that should have been taught to me in grade school but never were. It was a thorough enjoyment to listen to this book, benefited greatly by a narrator more than adept at handling such heavy material. Excellent!!!

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    Gullak Copenhagen, Denmark 02-03-15
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    "Entertaining"

    Very well written, provides a good picture of John Adams and the time he lived in. Would recommend to all

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