We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Greater Journey Audiobook

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring - and until now, untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture. None had any guarantee of success. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history.

As David McCullough writes, “Not all pioneers went west.”

Nearly all of the Americans profiled here - including Elizabeth Blackwell, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe - whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris. McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’s phrase, longed “to soar into the blue”. The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.

©2011 David McCullough (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (1969 )
5 star
 (938)
4 star
 (605)
3 star
 (278)
2 star
 (106)
1 star
 (42)
Overall
4.2 (1565 )
5 star
 (785)
4 star
 (468)
3 star
 (204)
2 star
 (82)
1 star
 (26)
Story
4.4 (1568 )
5 star
 (972)
4 star
 (393)
3 star
 (146)
2 star
 (38)
1 star
 (19)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 05-15-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fascinating history"

    A joy to listen to. So much interesting information I'd never heard before, a faithful telling of the original ex-pats

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    brian beaton 04-17-17 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Paris here I come."

    Loved it. Always looked forward to hearing what was coming next. I am now getting ready to visit Paris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dragonfly Samurai 04-01-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm game for Sci Fi, Fantasy, Fiction, History. I may even try this venue for learning languages. I have also come to love Great Courses.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful review of an amazing period of history!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Greater Journey the most enjoyable?

    Mr. McCullough is a masterful writer. He leads you through the lives of so many individuals in such a way that you can almost feel that you are personally in their proximity as they travel and live abroad in Paris and the surrounding regions of the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal stories and perhaps anecdotes of how very thorough Americans tried to cope with living abroad in Paris. This is peopled with the first true generation of "Americans". A generation that came just shortly after the Revolution. (Granted this spans almost a hundred years in paris so it includes probably up to a third or fourth generation.)


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

    I'm trying to think of the right word. He definitely sounds like a historian. Very authoritative sounding voice. Has a documentary tone. Perhaps... Harmonious? He feels like the right person for the read. Few others could probably inflect the way the author intended as Mr. Herrmann did.


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

    I enjoyed several of the stories written in this novel. I enjoyed his touching on the medical school with Oliver Wendall Holmes and his peers. But my favorite section was on Elihu Washburne. I had never heard of the man before, and now I wish there were more people in the world like him today.


    Any additional comments?

    It is always amazing to see how historically people rarely stayed put, but moved about among their neighboring countries, and even countries far afield, and how things change on the return home. For them personally and the lives of people they touch. I feel this is a great and touching point on how America gained such a wealth of educated and philosophical leaders in the 1800's and what a blessing it was for us. They truly helped build on the blocks of a great foundation in this country and I wish we could continue a legacy such as this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MOR Denver 03-22-17
    MOR Denver 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Oh, To Be In Paris!"

    David McCullough is a marvelous historian and this book on Paris is just terrific. It will be of particular delight to those who love the arts, as I do. The writing is so vivid, I felt I was back on the streets of the city of lights again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dolores Hylkema 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "David McCullough ALWAYS A GOOD ACCURATE READ"

    His books are never boring. He writes in such a way as he adds life and vitality and a bit of spice about his subject(s)

    Thank you David

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D M BOYCE 01-05-17
    D M BOYCE 01-05-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A most favorite book at all "

    We are instantly taken on that greater jouney. We meet and live with such people of our shared history. We learn the arce of the story of Paris from a personal but wonderfully American perspective. A wonderful story to hear especially.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    lindal 01-05-17
    lindal 01-05-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What you never knew"

    I always find myself immersed in David McCullough's storytelling. And I always find I learn so much about the history of people I did not know well. This book is filled with those people and their stories. I would definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 12-27-16
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 12-27-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm always looking for that well written gem.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    139
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    152
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Want To Understand America? Go To Paris."

    I was amazed at how much Paris has affected so many of our greatest Americans. Our nation, so raw and new in the 1800's had nothing like a Paris to draw such inspiration from. America at that time had no libraries or museums or great universities. At that time if you wanted to be the best at what did you had to go to Paris to learn how to do it. Fortunately for us, Paris was there to fire and inspire our best and brightest and they came back to America and became American Masters.
    David McCullough immerses you in the Parisian experience and leaves you wanting to buy the next ticket to get to the city. Edward Herrmann is, as always, impeccable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joyce Eriksen 12-14-16

    History addict

    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    102
    59
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a time what a city"

    Of course great writing, never a book by the author but what is terrific reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pat 10-24-16
    Pat 10-24-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A few of my favorite things."

    This book combines art, science, history and Paris into a wonderfully different view of life. It entertained and expanded my knowledge of American history and artists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.