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1776 Audiobook

1776 [Audiobook]

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: McCullough has multiple Pulitzers and an AudioFile Earphones Award for a reason. His journalistically rich account is perfectly paired with his pleasant and matter-of-fact narrative tone, revealing the complicated realities of the most pivotal year in American history. If you are even slightly interested in the Revolutionary War, then this is a must-listen. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.

The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

©2005 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction

"A first-rate historical account." (Booklist)
"A narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research, and detailed, graceful prose....Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners." (Publishers Weekly)
"A stirring and timely work, reminding us that it's soldiers rather than 'tavern patriots and windy politicians' who have always paid the price of American idealism and determined its successes. (The New York Times)

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    Dean 04-26-16
    Dean 04-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Sounded like a Textbook"

    Enjoyed The Wright Brothers, Boys in the Boat, Unbroken, etc. This book did not hold my attention nearly as well as the aforementioned. Historically significant, but read very much like a textbook.

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    BJD 04-24-16
    BJD 04-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Close call for America."

    Great narration great story and explanation of how close it came to not having a successful revolution the narration was nostalgic in having the author reading.

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    tristan buras Salt Lake City, UT 04-19-16
    tristan buras Salt Lake City, UT 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "well written"

    a fantastic story of perseverance and bravery. I highly recommend this book to anyone who studies history.

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    Nicholas D. Lahar 04-10-16
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    "Fantastic sampling of a pivotal year in our nations history"

    Really enjoyed this audiobook written and performed by David McCullough. I am not much of a history buff but I had heard good things and wanted to give it a try. General Washington has always been mostly a face to me on my dollar bill but it was both humbling and amazing to see what our forefathers endured to create this country. The 'American spirit ' really shines thru and I couldn't help but to be proud. The revolutionary war doesn't get the press it deserves I realized after finishing the book.

    Anyway, the audio is great, McCullough is clear and grandfatherly. It's a relatively fast read. Very much recommended

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    Thomas Touchette 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting, detailed history of year of 1776"

    Will buy other books by this author. Great read! Audio adds another reading dimension. Buy!

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    Brian N. 03-31-16
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    "A book every American should read"

    Through much suffering Washington put the posterity of our nation on his shoulders and carried it to victory. This is a book worth reading.

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    L'abeille 03-31-16
    L'abeille 03-31-16

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    "Loved it!"

    I have read and reread this book many times, both for the better understanding of the timeline of events, and for the enjoyment. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this period of history. Very interesting !

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    M. Contreras 03-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good stuff"

    You can't beat this author for narration. He has the best voice. The story itself dragged in parts, and I thought he rambled at length on some things, but overall it was really interesting and he painted such a vivid picture of some of the most famous moments in the beginning of our country's history. I highly recommend!

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    Chad 03-22-16
    Chad 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring"

    Excellent accounting of the events of 1776. I'm ready to go take on the lobster backs myself

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    Mimi-OV Norfolk, VA, US 03-21-16
    Mimi-OV Norfolk, VA, US 03-21-16 Member Since 2016

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    "boredom..... and I love history"

    Just so awfully read. I could not keep with the content. This was an emotional compelling time.

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    "Absorbing and well narrated"

    David Mccullough is a fine popular historian; his books are always enjoyable and informative. He has a knack of combining the big picture with the stories and experiences of those who were going though it at the time, and weaving it all into a tremendous narrative. The book focuses on the first year of the American revolution - not the whole history - and paints a vivid and absorbing picture of just how close things came to disaster for Washington and his rather raggle-taggle army,and how they dug themselves out of the mire - stirring stuff.

    My only bugbear - and it's nothing to do with the book itself - is that it is frustrating sometimes listening to history books where the content is to do with military exploits, and that is one wishes for a map! I am not all that familiar with american geography so kept rushing to an atlas so that I could better keep track of what was going on. But dont let this put you off what is a fine and enjoyable book - very well narrated by the author himself.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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