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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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    Leo Free Fort Worth, TX USA 05-16-08
    Leo Free Fort Worth, TX USA 05-16-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Wow!"

    I don't consider myself a true history buff, but this work has awakened this in me. I understand more how a book wins the Pulitzer! I love the audio, and I also bought the book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan Norton Newington, CT United States 01-17-09
    Stefan Norton Newington, CT United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book HORRIBLE audio quality"

    The sound quality for this download is horrible I often listen to Audible books in type 2 or type 3 quality but at type 4 (highest quality) "John Adams (unabridged)" is very hard to listen to. I was very close to asking for my money back but type 4 is tolerable and I really wanted to listen to this great book.

    The reader does a admirable job. He is bright and cheery and matches the tone of the book well. My problem is it sounds like a very cheap microphone of the lowest quality.

    The book itself is wonderfully American and describes the times well.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-18-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-18-12 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "AN ENTHRALING MIRACULOUS MULTIFACETED WONDER"

    There are just a few books that are so amazing to me that I dread trying to review them. This book was so rewarding for me( as you might gleam from my understated headline) that I really lack the verbiage and surly the subtlety ( lol) to do it justice.

    The love story between Adams and his amazing wife is in itself more than enough for a great book..Adams personal and professional struggles and sacrifices for his warily conceived country is in itself more than enough for a great book. And his torturous friendship and correspondence with Jefferson is in itself more than enough for a great book, and naturally great books have been written on each of these areas, but here in this one book, they are all here together in one wondrously researched and written story.

    John Adams was my first David McCullough book. I found his writing style so refreshingly clear, humanistic, scrupiosly researched and uniquely readable that I wasted no time purchasing all the rest of his works from Audible. While I enjoyed everything else he wrote,and have reread them all, The great bridge is a stand out that I would recommend be your next McCullough read, if you haven't read it already.





    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 04-03-08
    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 04-03-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific Read"

    Well written, well researched and fascinating.

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    "timely and enlightening"

    Very well worth the time and much seems so timely to current events. Loved it.

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    Steven Hickman Missouri 05-24-17
    Steven Hickman Missouri 05-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor Audio Editing"

    Way too many long pauses and mouth noises, otherwise alright on the audio side. You will like the story if you are interested in the period.

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    Dana L. Piscal Toms River, NJ 05-23-17
    Dana L. Piscal Toms River, NJ 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Better on Audio"

    Just another David McCollough classic!

    Bee using books on Audible to help me sleep and forget about the many things on my mind. This I the gold standard of storytelling.

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    ChristFollower 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Magnificent Book"

    I so wonderfully enjoyed this book, that It would be hard with words to fully give it's due worth. The fact that book was consumed by myself in merely a few days is in it-self a testament to the awe-inspiring telling, and the content of this most worthy life of John Adams. This book effected me in a profound way, and I am better for it. It made me laugh and a tear or two did well up in my eyes; I actually felt the loss and joy all the way and this book gives it's listener a thankfulness of such immense gravity of the sacrifice that so many of our ancestors made for posterity that can not be repaid. My only hope is that our country can spring back from the depravity into which it has fallen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Montana 05-11-17
    Amanda Montana 05-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Fantastic history provided with a novel like production. The man reading the book read the book so beautifully to the point it felt like a novel.

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    Amazon Customer 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I've ever read"

    Narrator was great. Worth every second of it. Loved learning more about this man and the history of the US.

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