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1776 Audiobook

1776 [Audiobook]

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, 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.
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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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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 02-27-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure. but not too enthusiastically


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    george washington of course


    What about David McCullough’s performance did you like?

    it was a little bland


    Any additional comments?

    i was expecting to love this book, as i greatly enjoy history and american history especially. i've been listening to a lot of volumes on the civil war and washington: a life, so i think in contrast this is not as rich. it covers just before 1776 and ends shortly after. good battle descriptions. its worth a listen but not as amazing as the reviews make it out to be. maybe if you are not very familiar with history books, its a good interesting start.

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    Jenn HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 12-15-13
    Jenn HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration is SO dry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it as a printed book rather than an audiobook.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David McCullough?

    A professional actor or narrator rather than the author.


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard rave reviews from friends and family who read this book. I am the first one of the group to try it from Audible, and I cannot get through it! This sounds rude, but I am dead serious when I say that every time I start listening to this book, it puts me to sleep. I literally started using it to help me fall asleep when I'm tossing and turning! His voice is very monotone and boring and I find it impossible to concentrate on the content and what's actually happening. I've listened to 2 hours of this book over the course of the last 3 months, and I just. can't. keep. going. The weird thing is, that everyone I know LOVES this book, and claims it's very exciting and sucks you in! I finally realized that the narrator is the author, and suddenly it all makes sense. I think this would be a fantastic read from a printed book, but super dry as an audio one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric James Johnson Michigan, USA 12-11-13
    Eric James Johnson Michigan, USA 12-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"
    Would you listen to 1776 again? Why?

    Yes... I did... it's a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1776?

    The Hessian attack on Fort Lee.


    What does David McCullough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mmmm... hard to say, since I haven't read the book. But DM has a good voice, good intonation and pronunciation... maturity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many great moments... but the observations and recollections of average soldiers are great: recalling how cold they were, or how prosperous American cities seemed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Pay attention to hints of why seemingly wealthy Americans like Washington, Jefferson, Adams et al would risk everything-- literally everything-- in the Revolution.

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    Wojciech Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 12-11-13
    Wojciech Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit too long...get abridged"
    If you could sum up 1776 in three words, what would they be?

    Struggle persistence victory


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beginning of the revolution


    Any additional comments?

    This is strictly on the year 1776 and Washington being the general of the American army. I thought there would be more about the drafting of the constitution but instead it followed the struggles of Washington and his unorganized militia army. But through it all the militia gets a couple victories and some significant defeats. But after each defeated battle, General Washington shows through persistence and intellect, the revolutionaries can get a couple of victories.

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    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 09-28-13
    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 09-28-13

    Books worth the money are those biographies about our Founding Fathers. Or THE LONG WALK and/or UNBROKEN Try THE LONG WALK a

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    "Worth a dozen credits"
    What made the experience of listening to 1776 the most enjoyable?

    The history of that era, how the USA came close to not happening, the heavy burden of GW, HK, et al. The author is perfect in reading his book. Never has a book cost so little.

    Another gem is Candice Millard's DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC.

    It's refreshing to read about what the US once was, and depressing to see what we've become.

    Rarely is fiction in the same ballpark with non-fiction about the early days of the USA.


    What other book might you compare 1776 to and why?

    All by David McCullough, Joe Ellis, John Meacham, Ron Chernow. Candice Millard


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

    Superb.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    1776


    Any additional comments?

    If ever there was a book worth the money.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David WESTPORT, CT, United States 09-16-13
    David WESTPORT, CT, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing and Riveting"
    Would you listen to 1776 again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because I felt as though I was right there with Washington and his troops. The writer did a fantastic job making history real and vibrant.


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    Mary Jane Oxford, MI, United States 08-22-13
    Mary Jane Oxford, MI, United States 08-22-13
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    "The poor showing of the Americans"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I had problems focusing on what the reader was saying. Many of the battles were long and drawn out. There was too much information to keep my attention. I have listened to other books and did not have this problem.


    Has 1776 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of David McCullough’s performances?

    NO


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dan 08-12-13
    dan 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.

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    "It was very informative!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I learned to look at the founding of this country in a different light!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was dry listening to it


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    Jack Charlotte, NC, United States 08-02-13
    Jack Charlotte, NC, United States 08-02-13 Listener Since 2004

    That most precious of all commodities, time, is often mis-allocated against our will. With Audible, I simply "re-allocate".

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    "Inspiring"

    Not sure how any American can claim to love their country and not want to know about it's history. Mr. McCullough affords a perspective and the required level of detail to help one appreciate what it must have been like to be there in the shoes, or bloody feet, of the leaders and soldiers of the Revolution. He further provides factual clarification of so many misconceptions about the events around America's battle for independence that it completely changes my perspective.

    It humbled me to learn that George Washington was highly flawed as a General but even more towering as a leader, statesman and man of character. His commitment to the cause despite the clear lack of public support, lack of resources and grim price to be paid for failure wraps fresh perspective around the issues we face today and the benchmark against which we should hold current leaders of this nation.

    My favorite part of the book is certainly one of George Washington's low points when he has been forced to retreat from New York after a stunning defeat all the way back across to the PA side of the Delaware river. The cause looks totally lost. He is begging General Charles Lee to join him and consolidate their troops to hold off further advance by the British toward Philadelphia. He eventually receives a letter from Lee but it is addressed to his most trusted advisor and confidant, Joseph Reed, whom Washington had sent to Baltimore to meet with the Continental Congress. Expecting the letter to inform him of Lee's troop movement, Washington opens the letter only to find that it is a response to earlier correspondence from Reed indicting Washington on his prosecution of the war and suggesting Lee should prepare to assume responsibility as commander-in-chief. As McCullough says, has there ever been a moment when any man could have felt lonelier?

    And yet, what is most remarkable is what Washington does next in response as he re-seals and forwards the letter on to Reed. It is one of the many reasons why he is the greatest American.

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    aurelie MONROE, NY, United States 08-01-13
    aurelie MONROE, NY, United States 08-01-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Careful of your Download!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book if I actually heard the whole thing. Apparently the download was a bit to be desired. I thought I was getting the whole book but it paused and unbeknownst to me, it skipped around. As I thought I was listening to Part one on my MPG player, it always said resume, highlighted in Part one, however I soon discovered that I was in Part two and at the end. With all the skipping around it sort of connected as I did not make the connection that it was skipping so much. A lot of military and personal dialogue sort of meshed it all together. At any rate, Mr. McCullough's narrative and insights were superb! I will try again, at a future date, to try and listen to the 'whole' book again.


    Could you see 1776 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It should be made into a TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    If members, at any time, have trouble with the downloads of a book, I think it is Audibles responsibility to try and fix them before anyone else downloads that particular book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    4/29/09
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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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