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)
An incredible journey through the life and times of one of the most principled men in our history. McCullough's detailed research provides great insight into the minds of not only Adams, but several of the founding fathers. A long read (well, listen :-) ) for sure, but I never found it tiring. Rather, I found myself looking forward to my ride to and from work each day, and manufactured other opportunities to listen to the epic story.
Kudos to narrator Nelson Runger. McCullough's decision to employ such a skilled narrator was very well advised (McCullough's own narration of 1776 was my only complaint about that volume )
The narrator had a very pleasant voice and made the whole experience just wonderful
So many details that are germane to our current political climate
no....much too involved for that
I loved this story line! David McCullough writes history like few have ever been able. That being said, listening to the story as narrated by Nelson Runger boarders on the annoying. Unless one is driving at freeway speeds, you can hear his gasps, gulps and deep breaths. I'm sure these were to be edited out as one narrating a story must breath, but to have them present makes me cringe at every breath. Other than this oversight in editing this story is an amazing history of one of the great founding fathers of America, and does justice to a man seldom remembered by American history books
Began slow with initial back story. Solid flow from there with interesting interconnected details of history. Was particularly insightful for evolution of relationship between Adams and Jefferson. Felt like I transported through time to experience the nations beginning myself.
The content is great. While the narrator, the late Nelson Runger is considered to be one of the best, I find his style not fully to my liking. The pauses and other "noises" take away a bit from the book.
That's a strange question. What I took the most from the book was the incredible mind and patriotism of John Adams. His contributions were as great, if not greater, than the other founding fathers, but he doesn't get the press of Jefferson or Hamilton.
I listen, in part, based on the book itself. That being said, if I have a choice of several books, and if Runger is the narrator of one of them, I might well choose one of the other books.
Uh. No. Its a book with a length of more than 30 hours with lots of complex ideas and detailed history.
The last years of his life and his views on life after his presidency.
I enjoy Nelsons voice but what bothers me is his drinking water and having to hear long pauses while he does it. Im more upset with the editor than i am the reader for not cutting it out.
I've read and listened to this book several times. John Adams even without his presidency lead an amazing life. Johns views on life, especial towards the end of his, have helped me in my own life and seeing things in kinder light. If your in question, don't be, get this book!
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