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1776 Audiobook

1776 [Audiobook]

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: McCullough has multiple Pulitzers and an AudioFile Earphones Award for a reason. His journalistically rich account is perfectly paired with his pleasant and matter-of-fact narrative tone, revealing the complicated realities of the most pivotal year in American history. If you are even slightly interested in the Revolutionary War, then this is a must-listen. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.

The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

©2005 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction

"A first-rate historical account." (Booklist)
"A narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research, and detailed, graceful prose....Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners." (Publishers Weekly)
"A stirring and timely work, reminding us that it's soldiers rather than 'tavern patriots and windy politicians' who have always paid the price of American idealism and determined its successes. (The New York Times)

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    Amanda Keating 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Enjoyable!"

    A detailed account of the campaigns of 1776. I really enjoyed hearing it narrated by McCullough himself.

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    Aaron 07-08-15
    Aaron 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional Story"

    Great story of the history of how our nation came to be. Not only is McCullough a great writer but great narrator as well. A must read for all patriots.

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    Demanding Dave 07-07-15
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    "A turning point in American and world history comes to life"

    There is so much about that year and that war that I never knew, and this brought it (and George Washington!) to life! Thank you, David McCullough for your eloquence and your ability to tell the story with such vivid, human, authentic detail!

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    JolieV 07-07-15
    JolieV 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "inspiring"

    I'm proud to be an American with this recounting of the Miracle of the USA. I enjoyed listening to it as much this year as I have reading it previously.

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    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 07-05-15
    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 07-05-15 Member Since 2016

    "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain

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    "David McCullough is a master"
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    I read "1776" a few years ago and jumped at the chance to pick up the audio version. It is masterfully written and absolutely engaging. David McCullough is one of the finest history authors I have ever read, and it turns out he is a fantastic narrator as well.

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    Mark Bellevue, NE United States 07-02-15
    Mark Bellevue, NE United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational remembrance of what made this great country"

    Exceptional human description of one of the most important years in the history of our country. The trials and tribulations of General George Washington's army and their perseverance and courage are inspirational and put today's challenges in sharp contrast. David McCullough's reading was excellent and added authenticity and nostalgia to his prose. Editing could have been better as there was typically tens of seconds of silence between chapters.

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    Stephanie Biehl 06-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Motivating!"

    Gets your attention. Proud to be an American. Everyone should read this. it's a great historical supplement.

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    David Cornish 06-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "This why I wonder why the need for fiction..."

    Such colorful chatacters passing through out and historical period that is under served. Facts revealed unkiwn by the lay reader hitherto. My rgret, that he did not treat the whole war.

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    Martin 06-27-15
    Martin 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be a text book"

    This book should be studied in schools at almost every level. Great honest telling of an often misrepresented part of history

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    "Slow, hard to follow at times but informative"

    This was highly rated so I got it. It's not my favorite and I doubt I will listen to it again. I had high hopes after listening to David McCulloughs "Wright Brothers" book.

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  • Tom
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    "Absorbing and well narrated"

    David Mccullough is a fine popular historian; his books are always enjoyable and informative. He has a knack of combining the big picture with the stories and experiences of those who were going though it at the time, and weaving it all into a tremendous narrative. The book focuses on the first year of the American revolution - not the whole history - and paints a vivid and absorbing picture of just how close things came to disaster for Washington and his rather raggle-taggle army,and how they dug themselves out of the mire - stirring stuff.

    My only bugbear - and it's nothing to do with the book itself - is that it is frustrating sometimes listening to history books where the content is to do with military exploits, and that is one wishes for a map! I am not all that familiar with american geography so kept rushing to an atlas so that I could better keep track of what was going on. But dont let this put you off what is a fine and enjoyable book - very well narrated by the author himself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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