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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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    Josh Morphew New York, NY United States 04-04-17
    Josh Morphew New York, NY United States 04-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspired"

    A wonderful, rich and detailed account of the life and times of the second President of the United States. The excepts from letters between John Adams and Abigail Adams are extraordinary and the friendship, despite ideological differences, between Adams and Jefferson is inspiring. A long listen, to be sure, but rewarding.

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    Wes Halula 04-03-17
    Wes Halula 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The real human behind our high school civics courses."

    Breathtaking, honest, inspiring and convicting. After this comprehensive study, it's impossible to elevate John Adams and his "Founding Father" colleagues to more than mere humans. This should be required reading / listening.

    The only downside to the recording was a lack of any editing. Every breath taken and click of the mouth is front and center. It's disturbing when listening on headphones, especially. The performance is fantastic, though.

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    kathleen 04-03-17
    kathleen 04-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    Where does John Adams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a great book and an outstanding story of a great American


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

    Truman by David McCullough


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    No it's 30 hours that would be unhealthy


    Any additional comments?

    My main issue with the narration is more with the editor then narrator himself. The editor did not remove the sounds of drinking water or breathing. I understand it is not an easy job to edit a book on tape but it is your job and the person did a poor job

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    Steve Davis 03-26-17
    Steve Davis 03-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book, well read, poorly produced."

    This is the first audible book I've consumed that had noticeable breathing and swallowing by the reader. It was quite distracting. Also, the chapter marks on audible had no apparent relation to the chapters in the book. A new chapter would begin in the middle of a paragraph.

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    Maria 03-24-17
    Maria 03-24-17
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    "Interesting read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Adams to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio edition. Don't know that the printed would have held my attention.


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

    Never listened to another book by Mr. Runger. He has a clear and easily understood voice. It was a good voice for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book revealed the human side of John Adams. An honorable man, misunderstood by many, who led a remarkable life.

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    Larry A. Montano 03-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration Unbearable"

    Tragically unedited wheezing and smacking by the reader/narrator. The producer should be made too sit through this audio books performance as punishment.

    Mr. McCullough needs to know that his fine work has been terribly presented here.

    Mr. Runger does an admirable job with his reading but the extra sounds and noises should have been edited. sad.

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    Brian 03-22-17
    Brian 03-22-17
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    "Outstanding!"

    A powerful, gripping, and inspiring biography of the man who was arguably the most admirable and influential American of his time, yet who is largely unknown today. What a fascinating life, and what a masterful and scholarly presentation. I enjoyed every moment.

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    Drew 03-19-17
    Drew 03-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Remarkable"

    This was a remarkable portrait of one of our founding fathers, his contribution to the American revolution and his complex relationship with Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Adams was a scholar, a leader, a husband and a father, in each case at a level to which we should all aspire. The leaders of today would never have had a chance of escaping their combative personalities, ignorance and xenophobia during the time of the American revolution; rather, our current leaders would have been laughable and ridiculed at that time, as they should now be.

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    Chance 03-17-17
    Chance 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An excellent read."

    Very comprehensive of John Adams life as well as his children's and his wife Abigail's. A lot of history packed in as well. If you read 1776 and enjoyed it you'll enjoy this book as well.

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    Melissa Taberski 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book with a terrible narrator."

    Amazing book with a terrible narrator - I would say this ruined McCullough's work. I'll never listen to Runger again.

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