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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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    Leo Free Fort Worth, TX USA 05-16-08
    Leo Free Fort Worth, TX USA 05-16-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Wow!"

    I don't consider myself a true history buff, but this work has awakened this in me. I understand more how a book wins the Pulitzer! I love the audio, and I also bought the book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-18-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-18-12 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "AN ENTHRALING MIRACULOUS MULTIFACETED WONDER"

    There are just a few books that are so amazing to me that I dread trying to review them. This book was so rewarding for me( as you might gleam from my understated headline) that I really lack the verbiage and surly the subtlety ( lol) to do it justice.

    The love story between Adams and his amazing wife is in itself more than enough for a great book..Adams personal and professional struggles and sacrifices for his warily conceived country is in itself more than enough for a great book. And his torturous friendship and correspondence with Jefferson is in itself more than enough for a great book, and naturally great books have been written on each of these areas, but here in this one book, they are all here together in one wondrously researched and written story.

    John Adams was my first David McCullough book. I found his writing style so refreshingly clear, humanistic, scrupiosly researched and uniquely readable that I wasted no time purchasing all the rest of his works from Audible. While I enjoyed everything else he wrote,and have reread them all, The great bridge is a stand out that I would recommend be your next McCullough read, if you haven't read it already.





    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 04-03-08
    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 04-03-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific Read"

    Well written, well researched and fascinating.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan Norton Newington, CT United States 01-17-09
    Stefan Norton Newington, CT United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book HORRIBLE audio quality"

    The sound quality for this download is horrible I often listen to Audible books in type 2 or type 3 quality but at type 4 (highest quality) "John Adams (unabridged)" is very hard to listen to. I was very close to asking for my money back but type 4 is tolerable and I really wanted to listen to this great book.

    The reader does a admirable job. He is bright and cheery and matches the tone of the book well. My problem is it sounds like a very cheap microphone of the lowest quality.

    The book itself is wonderfully American and describes the times well.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. Tula 01-16-17
    R. Tula 01-16-17 Member Since 2015

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    Would you listen to John Adams again? Why?

    I have young children. They listened intently. We used this audible in the car and our home. The children listened in short spurts and on long trips. We followed up with Liberty Kids for visual effects to make the history they heard and we discussed, come alive. Great Educational piece!


    What did you like best about this story?

    We enjoyed the relational aspects that made these historical figures real. We loved the facts that shared their personal likes and all the details about locations. It felt like we were there with them. We could paint our own visual pictures with our imaginations.


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

    No this was our first time listening to Nelson Runger.


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

    No it is too long to listen to in one sitting. We listen to it in our home and in our car.


    Any additional comments?

    We would recommend this book to EVERYONE! It is a great tool for learning the history about John Adams and the people in his life. We look forward to listening to other books by David McCullough. We think the next will be "The Johnstown Flood".

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    JustMeDawn Northwestern Wisconsin 01-11-17
    JustMeDawn Northwestern Wisconsin 01-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Mouth noise is very distracting!"

    The story was complete, but if mouth noises annoy you, this is hard to listen.

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    JP 01-10-17
    JP 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my best audiobook experiences yet."

    David McCullough's work comes to life as narrated by Mr. Runger. An excellent, meaty read that I enjoyed every second of.

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    DougW 01-08-17
    DougW 01-08-17
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    "Excellent history"

    Included significant discussion of relationship with Jefferson. Performance uneven. Very slow start. Lots of long pauses

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    SteveR 01-07-17
    SteveR 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "How lovely"

    How warm and inspiring is this journey in the life of a man and his wife so devoted to what America should become.

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    David M. Skinner Upstate NY USA 01-02-17
    David M. Skinner Upstate NY USA 01-02-17 Member Since 2015

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    the production is as good as the writing. the story reminds us of why we are a great nation

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