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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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    Jamietats 11-15-15
    Jamietats 11-15-15

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    "Very done"

    Very well told and well performed by the author. I learned a lot and the people I heard about in history class became real.

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    Alexis C. Martinez 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wish they'd teach these details in school"

    History was never one of my interests. May be because my school system left out such great details this book told. I loved it. Im going to listen to it again to catch more details i missed. Its amazing and i appreciate this country much more when more real details of what happened are told and this book does that. Thank you David McCullough. Now if they'd make better movies with this information, more ppl would fight what this country was created for.

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    Coramdeo540 11-13-15
    Coramdeo540 11-13-15
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    "The voice of History to walks us brilliantly through 1776"

    David McCullough gets 5 stars for bringing 1776 to life.
    This book shows the ups and downs and real nail biting struggles American independence was.
    What a great and true historian, told in away that puts you in the front lines

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    James1776 11-06-15
    James1776 11-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant and Inspiring!"

    A beautiful summary of the seemingly impossible obstacles and war that we shouldn't have won given the odds. The divine hand of God certainly played a part in the independence of this great nation!

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    "Amazing year of perseverance"

    I never realized how dark those days were for Washington and just how important Knox and Greene were to him.

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    okee 10-21-15
    okee 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "slow start"

    I returned this one around chapter 2. I'm new to history on audio books, so maybe I'm not cut out for it, but all the descriptions of seemingly inconsequential people and items was too boring for me. The narration was rather droning which only made it worse. Who cares what renovations George Washington was working on at his house, what does it have to do with the struggle for independence?

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    M. H. 10-12-15
    M. H. 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational story of perseverance."

    Great details, as always in a McCullough book. It really gives an understanding of the events that we should be appreciated by all Americans. Really enjoyed it.

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    Where does 1776 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above the middle of the pack.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ole George Washington, as he was the center character.


    Which character – as performed by David McCullough – was your favorite?

    As above, George W.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enjoyed visualizing various revolutionary battles as they played out in the narrative. Much better than dry history books.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprised that the author quit narrative so early in the war. But this book was a good listen giving perspective from loyalists, British and rebel (eventually the USA) sides.

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    Mike 10-04-15
    Mike 10-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great When Paired with Supplementary Material "

    This book does not stand on its own- I found I wanted deeper background information from the start. Ideologies of the American Revolution by Peter Mancall makes an awesome pair with this book.

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    Dustin Coleman 09-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great historical detail!"

    This book caused me to have a much greater appreciation for the early Americans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and independence!

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  • Tom
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    4/29/09
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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