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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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    Dale Sarver california 11-05-17
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    "a little long but great detail"

    detailed history of john Adams and the founding of our country. everyone should read this as well as thomas Jefferson and thomas Hamilton's history to get a balanced perspective.

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    Britt 11-04-17
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    "A Fine Reflection of a Fascinating Man"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this biography and learned a great deal about one of America's founding Fathers. The information is very well presented.

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    Amazon Customer 10-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The pauses between paragraphs were annoying but s"

    the pauses between paragraphs were annoying but still worth listening to. I highly recommend this

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    "Inestimable Contribution to Early American History"

    Cannot overstate what a breathtaking scope and literary masterpiece this was to gather original source material from correspondence, journals, diaries, public documents, newspapers, books in multiple languages to craft a rich biographical rendering of a public man (Adams) and his dear wife Abigail that popular historical perception has largely unrecognized. What was especially valuable was Adams's and his family's extreme industry, charity of spirit, confidence in divine providence, and happy disposition despite countless disappointments and difficulties. The narrator, Nelson Ruger's ability to approximate without distraction voices in accents, gender, and original tone was a pleasure to listen to. Thank you, David McCullough, for your many labors, a gift for generations to come!

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    Tucker McClure Redondo Beach, CA, USA 09-30-17
    Tucker McClure Redondo Beach, CA, USA 09-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning, with Isaacson-like quality"

    This is a stunning book on many fronts. McCullough presents John Adams as plainly as it seems Adams would have wanted, showing his strengths as well as his weaknesses. I was surprised to find that Adams resonated so strongly with my own values. McCullough's telling is both nuanced and broad, and I felt highs and lows alongside Adams to degrees that other biographies haven't been able to deliver.

    What's so stunning about the man's life is his incredible potential in so many fields combined with his complete inability to manage his own image. This has left an odd and unbelievable image of Adams in historical accounts, and McCullough brilliantly reveals the very credible and honorable man underneath.

    McCullough points out that Jefferson liked to evoke images of storms at sea, though he never literally experienced one. Adams had experienced storms at sea and more than his fair share of stormy times, and McCullough shows through it all just what John Adams was made of.

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    A. Compton Arizona 09-28-17
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    "Simply Superb"

    What an incredible life John Adams lived. His tenacity, optimism, and longevity are all inspiring. He was a good man who lived honorably, loved his family, and dutifully served his country in its most critical, nascent stages. McCullough always does his subject matter justice, and after getting used to the narrator, I found his performance to be quite good. This should be mandatory reading for any student of American history.

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    "Enlightening and inspiring"

    This book was long but read in segments over time, It gave me insight into the way our country was conceived and built. Using the actual words of our founding fathers we can understand why our constitution was written as it was, and the sacrifices that were made by these people for our benefit. It was a special time and John Adams was a remarkable man.

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    If you're a fan of history, politics, or interesting biographies, this book will make you think.

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    Amazon Customer Montebello, CA United States 09-20-17
    Amazon Customer Montebello, CA United States 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Thorough, thoughtful and unbiased. Based on the rich correspondence of John, Abigail and others, this biography brings a complete picture of Adams and these momentous times.

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    UkuleleGuy54 Haverhill, MA 09-14-17
    UkuleleGuy54 Haverhill, MA 09-14-17
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    "A great story about a great man"
    Would you listen to John Adams again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again because in the spirit of John Adams you should always look ahead and not behind.


    What other book might you compare John Adams to and why?

    I also listened to David McCullough's book on Harry S. Truman which was also narrated by Nelson Runger. I had difficulty at first with the John Adams narration because Mr. Runger's voicing of John Adams was for me, very similar to the voicing of Harry S. Truman. Every time I heard John Adams speak I saw Harry Truman's face. But that was a small and humorous point. Mr. Runger did a superb job.


    Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

    No favorites, I enjoyed it all


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

    Due to the length it wouldn't be possible to listen in one sitting but it was an absolutely compelling book and I find John Adams to be a heroic person. I would love to time travel back to that time to just be able to spend one hour in the company of such a great person.


    Any additional comments?

    The description of the death of John Adams on the 4th of July, the 50th anniversary of the founding of our country moved me to tears. I felt like I had lost a close friend. I would recommend this book very highly and not just to those who enjoy history. It should be mandatory reading for every young student.

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