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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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    F. David Druhan 03-16-17
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    "John Adams: A Christian, a New England Farmer, an American Patriot"

    John Adams, by David McCullough, should be required reading by all students of American History. EXCELLENT.

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    Heather Kincaid 03-16-17
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    "I wish David McCullough would read this"
    What would have made John Adams better?

    David McCullough reading it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Adams?

    the story is incredibly written


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nelson Runger?

    David McCullough


    What character would you cut from John Adams?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Amazon Customer 03-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great history read"

    Although this book is quite long it is also very good! If you are at all interested in the founding of the United States, you'll love this book!

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    R. Bedsole 03-12-17
    R. Bedsole 03-12-17 Member Since 2004
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    "John Adams"

    this is a great book absolutely great I enjoyed it from the moment I started the buck till I finish the book it was great and there was so much that I did not know about John Adams life.

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    Ramon Ortiz 03-12-17
    Ramon Ortiz 03-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance!"

    Loved it, it was a great performance. An amazing documentary. I learned more about our country's founding than in all other material I have come across in my 33 years. Now I will order the physical book, a must have.

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    Jim St. Helena, CA United States 03-09-17
    Jim St. Helena, CA United States 03-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must!"

    First-hand accounts through extensive letters & records transport you back to the real context of this remarkable family & the American Revolution, French Revolution and ways of living. i.e. hard to communicate when letters take months to be received if at all & Abigail Adams had an integral role to play. Should be required to graduate HS and would deepen knowledge greatly! (Re listened after having it on CD's- still a "wow" and informs matters pertinent to 2017 🤔). . .

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    Daniel Davis Morgantown, WV USA 03-07-17
    Daniel Davis Morgantown, WV USA 03-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent bio, tiny production issues"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is probably the easiest to recommend bio of Adams. It is excellent.


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    There are some small issues with the audio production where you can hear the reader inhale, but I think this is more of an editing issue than a performance issue. Like they should have edited the recording closer to when he starts speaking instead of a few seconds before speaking, so you hear him inhaling deeply and getting ready to talk. All audiobook narrators breath, so I don't really blame the reader for the problem.


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    Stephen Breen South Bend, IN 03-03-17
    Stephen Breen South Bend, IN 03-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Informative, moving, and accurate."

    I learned so much from listening to this and helped me better understand the formation of or country. It also helped me to understand more about human nature and philosophy based on Adams life and his views. What amazing men he and Jefferson were. What time they saw. They were true in heart but we're human. Time have not changed much over the years.

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    Andrew DePaula 02-25-17
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    "Best Modern Biography In a long time"

    The author does an excellent job of telling an unbiased account of the life of one of our foremost American patriots. Adams is little talked about and little remembered compared to people like Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington. But this book brings out the giant Adams truly was. A man who selflessly pursued his duty through more than 30 years of public service without regard to position, prestige, or politics. He did what was right because it was right. This nation owes him as much a debt of gratitude as it does to any of our other more popular heroes including Lincoln. An excellent book.

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    Thais Harlow 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abigail Adams


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book. It made me want to learn more about Abigail Adams. I really loved everything about it.

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