[Download] John Adams By David McCullough

John Adams

By: David McCullough
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 30 hours
Release date: May 1, 2001
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In this powerful, epic biography, 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; who thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might; who traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was rightly celebrated for his integrity, and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
Much about John Adams's 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 tin the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits few would have dared and that few listeners will ever forget.
Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, David McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale -- an audiobook about politics and 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.
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70 Responses to “[Download] John Adams By David McCullough”

  1. Jeannetta Crittle

    Rivotting
    it was a wonderful balance of historical fact and human interest. This book should be required for All American High School students. I highly recommend it to any who love history and love to learn from it. The narrator did a superb job.

  2. Eric Oehlenschlage

    The most enjoyable history lesson I have ever had
    The narrator’s performance is flawless. The quality of the book exactly what we would expect from the author. He moved me to be a prouder American and a good citizen while at the same time confirming my religious convictions.

  3. Bernardo Vigil

    History made interesting
    Listening to this audiobook has ignited my interest in history. I set myself a challenge to listen to something that I don’t normally listen to. David McCullough has an ability to bring history to life. His extensive research and his clear and concise recount of events in the life of historical characters is profound. I have felt myself influenced by the character of John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams. It is the gift of a great writer to allow the historical characters to speak for themselves and to present themselves as they were, to readers and listeners of today.

  4. Terrie Shadley

    Fantastic
    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

  5. Diana Sawtelle

    An amazing man
    Well written, thought provoking, inspiring. John Adams was an amazing human being….I enjoyed every minute of this book.

  6. Marline Tacke

    The Guy Who Really Should be on Rushmore
    Where does John Adams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  7. Pat Holzmeister

    Good book, awful narrator
    I gave up and read the book instead – which is excellent. The narrator sounds as if he has false teeth, and suffers from breathing problems and dry mouth. The long pauses, continuous smacks, and noisy breaths were very distracting.

  8. Fabiola Reichelderfer

    Great book
    For anyone interested in US history this is a must read/listen. As we hear people complain about current US Presidents and Congress it was humorous to read that this same problem has been going on since the beginning! Kind of put things in perspective. My only complaint is the narrator read the story slowly. I ended up listening to it at 2x speed.

  9. Tonie Bouchaert

    American History – American Hero!
    If you could sum up John Adams in three words, what would they be?

  10. Luciano Spilker

    Reader Comments
    This is a high quality biography. The life of John Adams was portrayed well. This is a must read for those who love history.

  11. Sara

    A delightful experience
    I completely enjoyed all aspects of this audio book. The narrator was engaging and his voice was pleasant to listen to for the many hours required. The writing style drew me in and I became enthralled with each small detail revealed about the lives of John and Abigail and the early American and European life depicted. I have gone on to read several books of Abigail’s letters with great pleasure. This was an excellent, life affirming, and positive experience. Thank you service!

  12. Tom

    Under-appreciated Hero of the American Revolution
    If your memory of American History is like mine, Adams sort of gets sandwiched in between Washington and Jefferson. David McCullough sets out to change all that in this sweeping biography of the great and humble leader. After gaining an understanding through this book of how important Adams was to the success of the great American experiment in democracy, I felt that he should be carved on Rushmore right up there with the other founding fathers.

  13. Ivan Cobler

    Great read!!!
    Enjoyed this book very much and was delighted to get to know John Adams, his family and his life. At times it seemed like the politics of today but then, at other times, I felt transported back to the late 1700’s and learned a great deal about life in those days. As always, I am happy to be living in this time but equally happy to learn so much about life long ago. Well written, keeps your attention throughout the entire book (for the most part) and wonderfully narrated.

  14. Markus Diffey

    One man among the giants of our nation’s birth.
    Where does John Adams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  15. Doretta Hovanes

    excellent reading and beautifully written
    Would you listen to John Adams again? Why?

  16. Juliane Mcgathy

    great book, but voice imitation was irritating
    the story and writing are superb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! !!

    The only problem was the narrator’s choice to attempt to have vaguely different voices for various characters. In a different genre, like fiction, this may be applicable, but when reading history it’s just irritating. McCullough made a much better reader on his other title, 1776.

  17. Maryanne Elsken

    History is so Interesting
    What made the experience of listening to John Adams the most enjoyable?

  18. Simone Forte

    John Adams is a wonderful audio book
    If you have an interest in American history, or of the American people, this is a wonderful audiobook to hear.

    Well written, superbly narrated, and finely produced, it is a pleasure to hear. It is brought to life by a brave narrator who lends the characters voices and even sings lyrics to a song that was composed to satire Adams.

    A wonderful project.

  19. Dusty Mcghay

    The foundations of the American democracy
    An outstanding book and narration! It puts modern day state of the union in perspective by showing how fragile democracy is, and how much it depends on the integrity of those at the steering wheel.

  20. Robby Bitters

    Mind Changing!
    I have to admit that I had a jaundiced view of John Adams based on some of the other biographies, notably Hamilton’s and Jefferson’s, I had listened to. I was pleasantly surprised that Adams was not the blockhead he was made out to be by some of his contemporaries. Few men could stand in his shadow and not be found lacking in those qualities, which can hardly be found in politics today, and were rare even amongst so many great minds of that extraordinary time. McCullough does his usual master work in bringing to life this amazing man and the astonishing life he lead. The narration stays out of the way and allows the listener to enjoy the book in its fullest. I highly recommend it anybody who loves history.

  21. barbara

    Loved the history
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  22. Krissy Logarbo

    John Adams, Founding Father
    I revere all of the founding fathers, and I suppose I am on a quest to read about many of them, having just finished a book about George Washington, and having just started one on Thomas Jefferson. The thing I am finding interesting is how different each of these men were, yet they all had much in common. Many of them did not even like each other, but they were able to come together to establish the Constitution of the United States, one of the most inspired documents ever written, and who became the founders of the United States of America, the greatest country that has ever existed. What an amazing feat they accomplished.

    I enjoy reading about the details of their lives, the struggles they faced, the heartbreak and the victories. John Adams had his share of all of these. I love the tone of his writings. They crack me up sometimes, but they are always eloquent. Years ago, our community theater presented the play “1776”. I must say the authors of that play captured the essence of John Adams and the color of his writings very well. It was like reuniting with an old friend to read many of his words in this book. And I so admire the love affair he carried on for many years with his wife Abigail. I was heartbroken for him as I read about her death because she was truly his best friend and helpmeet.

    All in all, he is a great example to us in so many ways. I wish there were more leaders like him around today. Lord knows we need them!

  23. Mercedes Hagelgans

    Good book, terrible narrator .
    I couldn’t finish this book because you can hear the saliva of the narrator every time he opened his mouth. Was way too distracting.

  24. Kiera K.

    Loved this service book
    I have tried multiple times to sit down and read this book. I never could get past the first few chapters before I put it down. I knew in my heart it would be wonderful because I love David McCullough‘s writing and have read several of his books and enjoyed each one immensely. This service version was absolutely perfect for me. It got me past the first few chapters without any boredom at all, and I stayed interested throughout. David McCullough has done his magic again in bringing forth a biography that truly helps me understand the character of the people he is writing about. His style is interesting and easy to understand. He has clearly done his homework in studying the lives of the people he writes about. Nelson Runger’s narration is spot on. Great job!

  25. Tegan Rannells

    A little bit too long
    I really like the thoroughness of the story, but felt that it went into too much detail at times. I am grateful for the research that was done into the letters and correspondence and Diaries of John Adams.

  26. Isaias Tiboni

    One of our Finest Leaders!
    I first read the hard copy of this in 2005. It was actually part of an estate handed down to my wife and one night I picked it up, not knowing the magnificent story it was about to tell. I enjoyed it thoroughly (then) only to be surprised a few years later by the HBO mini-series of the same title. And though the cast does an excellent job of bringing the Founding Fathers to life, they just didn’t tell the entire story. John Adams was an unsung hero in the birth of our country and this book will confirm it.

    From the first chapter, John Adams is portrayed as a modest family man, loboring as an attorney in colonial America. He is then thrust into the spotlight by successfully defending the British soldiers of the Boston Massacre. From there he is asked by the British Crown to join them only to stick with “his country.” He, along with his son becomes an ambassador to the United States, and then, thru the remainder of the book, he is essentially a pain in the butt! And you as the listener will be enthralled. You will enjoy every minute!

    I only wish that Mr McCullough could have narrated or even Grover Gardner. Nelson Runger does an adequate job, though I feel historical accounts should be reserved for those two legendary voices. Nonetheless, don’t waste a moment and pick this one up. You might be surprised. And then watch the mini-series and compare the performances as you may agree that Giamatti though excellent, sells, Mr. Adams a bit short. Enjoy

  27. Darrick Pencil

    Adams character comes through despite narrator
    How could the performance have been better?

  28. Antonia Bruscino

    On my list of most influential books
    Any additional comments?

  29. Stefan Norton

    Great book HORRIBLE audio quality
    The sound quality for this download is horrible I often listen to service 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.

  30. Kira B.

    Great American story.
    Glad I finished reading over the Independence weekend. Adams was truly the bedrock of our nation’s foundation and let God lead his ideals and visions.

  31. Alethia Shankle

    Masterful telling of history
    Master historian, David McCullough, uses the letters of prolific communicators, John and Abigail Adams, to bring to life the origins of our country. This history is supremely told with such credible accuracy. A great read. Unfortunately, it is difficult to listen to this narrator. You will constantly wonder what he is eating. He swallows, chews, drinks, and generally smacks his way through this great book. Truly horrific – but I still recommend this book highly.

  32. Gerald Perryman

    Brought John Adams to life
    Loved the vivid account of his life and the performance. I found myself backing up a lot, though, if I wasn’t paying close attention.

  33. Maxima A.

    I wish I could know the man personally
    For as long as the book is, it was done before I knew it. However, as the book came to a close, I felt such a strong bond to this great man. He seems to have seen himself as a ordinary man thrust into extraordinay circumstances, but in truth he was an extraordinary man. And his right hand was his incredble wife. And as I experienced their life through this book, I applauded their heroism and sacrifice, I raged as close friends betrayed them, and I cried as loved ones were lost. And in the end, I can’t get over the fact that I would love to sit down with him to talk about life philosophies.

  34. Darlena Lents

    great read, but tough listen
    What did you love best about John Adams?

  35. Vicki Sandino

    Mouth noise is very distracting!
    The story was complete, but if mouth noises annoy you, this is hard to listen.

  36. Lorriane Batra

    Beyond Great
    To not listen to or read this book is lessen life’s experience and your own understanding of the United States and where we came from. Its insights will open you up to a much broader understanding of the political reality of our country.

  37. Jesse Artice

    Another excellent David McCullough audiobook
    I love McCullough’s work. His manner of telling stories is great because he always connects the dots and reminds readers/listeners about why something is said or done, and why it is important enough to include in the story. His characterizations and descriptions of people leave vivid images. It helps the reader/listener visualize what the moment was like. The story of John Adams is a great story to tell. McCullough does a good job of appearing to be fair in his assessment of Adams. I say “appears” because I am sure that some points of Adam’s life are debated by historians. McCullough, however, does not imply that his assessment is the only view. He seems to want to be balanced and fair-minded. This is probably best seen in McCullough’s description of all that went on between Adams and Jefferson. The reader is good. He does seem to mispronounce some names, but who knows – maybe I’ve had it wrong all along. The book is a solid A+ and the reader is a good A-.

  38. Faustino T.

    eye Opening
    HISTORY IS EDUCATION
    WE ARE GOING TO LOSE OUR HERITAGE
    NOT KNOWING OUR HERITAGE AND ROOTS

  39. Ambrose Olmos

    Terrific Read
    Well written, well researched and fascinating.

  40. Kasey Puglisi

    What a life
    The story of a great man (and a touching love story) during an unprecedented time of history – well narrated and worth every minute. Go for the unabridged version.

  41. E. Pearson

    Marvelous in Every Way
    Thanks to writers likeMcCullough, history will soon lose its label as long, boring, or dull. I watched part of the movie taken from this book, and became uninterested halfway through. With this book and this reading, I never lost interest at all, but managed to learn much about the greatness (and humanness) of this founding father, and much about the others as well; most dlightfully, I came to a better understanding of the incredible events leading up to the formation of our nation, as well as the precarious years of bringing this great experiment to fruition. Such beautifulluy presented research makes me marvel: never an awkward quotation or unnecessary interpretation. What a gift to modern Americans, who now have every reason to know their origins and understand them at some depth.

  42. Valery Lonsdale

    Wonder!
    This was a great biography. I’ve studied a lot about the Revolutionary War, and I still learned a great deal from this book. I think it is far betther than 1776. I highly reccomend it.

  43. Annita Kahao

    Fantastic book and performance!
    I loved this book! McCollough tells Adams’ story as if he were there. Many times I was so transported back to the late 18th century I missed my exit! The performance on the audio is excellent, although I was a bit disappointed that, at times, you could hear the narrator breathing like he was a 900 operator. No dry memorization of facts here, rather you are sucked into the narrative as you are into a great novel. Not sure if Jeffersonians will be too pleased with the content of the book, but it has kindled an interest in investigating the other side of the argument.

  44. Jarod Emerick

    Do you like to hear saliva and lip smacking from your narrator?
    I am only 3 hours in and while the story is great, I can hear this guy’s saliva in every pause. I can literally HEAR him move his tongue and wet his lips. This is turning my stomach. I may ask service for a refund… So so so gross!!!

  45. Alesia Baters

    worth every word
    an excellent look into the mind and actions of a man very much responsible for the birth of the greatest nation known to man….

  46. Chante B.

    The Greatness of a Man
    David Mc Cullough has written an epic history about John Adams and the times in which he lived. This book, along with the others of Mr Mc Cullough, present us with a penatrating view into the life and times of our Founding Fathers. He provides insights, not only into their great achievements, but the character of the men who behind these sustained accomplishements. I came away from listening to this book, not only knowing more about the history of America, but the incredible sacrifices made by the men and women of that time, despite the great likelihood that their efforts would fail, and if they did, that they would be treated as traitors and be sent to the gallows. We are provided not only with their great achievements, but their struggles, political differences and at times brutal treatment of one another. That these men could behave in such fashion and yet still remain focused on their objective and somehow still remain friends or at least admirers, is a testament to their character. We should be greatful for their sacrifices and tenacity, without which we would not be living in the United States of America. If read only to be made aware of what makes up great character, it is worth every moment you listen. Add to that the understanding of the historical underpinnings of the founding of America, and you have a superior literary mastery piece.

  47. Elenore P.

    Trutly Moving
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Adams to be better than the print version?

  48. Aurelio Meriweather

    Stunning
    Listening to this audiobook was pure joy. McCollough tells an engrossing story and the narrator (Nelson Runger) does a great job of relaying it. Adams has become one of my favorite Founding Fathers and his relationship with Abigail is inspiring. Highly recommended for both those interested in a detailed look at this time and individual and those just interested in a good story.

  49. Florinda Schrecker

    Incredible story put together from letters/diaries
    Would you listen to John Adams again? Why?

  50. Darius Pede

    Excellent
    “John Adams” is an excellent book! The author did an excellent job compiling, what seems to be, unbiased facts.

    The narrator did a good job as well. There were a few instances where you could hear unwanted noises from the narrator. Regardless, this experience did not take away from the overall book.

    If you are interested in early USofA history, then, this book is a must listening experience.

  51. Estell Hultz

    Entertaining–Keeps Your Attention
    This was a very good audio book that kept my attention for the entire 30+ hours. I thought the narrator was good and did not notice any of the complaints that were addressed in the other reviews. I read 1776 by McCullough and this was just as good or better. This is definately worth the two credits.

  52. Celina Vintinner

    Best Audio by David M.
    Really did enjoy. See why this mom is so lauded.

    John A. Was really a remarkable study… This book does him great justice.

  53. Kent K.

    The Letters of John, Abigail, and Thomas
    I found this book painful at times to continue and I’m not sure if it was the writer or the subject John Adams. I was amazed that the title was “John Adams” because so much time was devoted to Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson. If you want a quick take on John Adams read chapter 30 of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I think Mr. McCullough used way to many sections from letters which made for a disjointed story. I would still urge people to read the book just to help understand the men and women of the time but I would first read Ron Chernow’s books on Washington and Hamilton.

    On performance I hated the long pause between sections and chapters. I also had a low hum when using headsets.

  54. Risa Sloter

    Engaging biography and narration
    I had been reluctant to start with a biography of Adams after listening to Chernow’s Hamilton and a bio about Ben Franklin. Adams despised the former and didn’t care much for the latter, which left me with an impression of Adams as snobby, churlish, and spiteful. Then, while listening to a bio of John Jay (whom Adams liked and admired), I caught glimpses of Adams’ wonderful sense of humor and earthiness.

    This book is well-paced (I prefer long biographies like this over short ones) and presents a John Adams who is very different from the one portrayed by his political enemies. The author didn’t have to work hard to make it entertaining and funny; Adams did all the work for him. While some of Adams’ less-than-honorable actions (like continuing to smear Hamilton with unsupported allegations for years after Hamilton’s death) were glossed over, that knowledge just makes a great man seem only slightly less great. If anything, I was left feeling that Adams’ and Hamilton’s feud was a tragedy, since these two men were quite similar in some ways – and even more so in their beliefs. They would have made a formidable team.

    The narrator was well-chosen. My only quibble is that the way he read Abigail’s voice made her sound like a simpleton rather than one of the most intelligent women of her time.

  55. Alonzo Flumerfelt

    The Private History of the 2nd President.
    A well written and well read account of the life of John Adams, Farmer, Lawyer, Statesman. referencing the rich collection of correspondence that John and Abigail Adams took part in during their long and busy lives, John Adams and the historical figures who surround him, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton etc. come into focus as real people, both more and less then the sum of their public works.

  56. Clemente Krous

    Excellent!
    What an excellent look at a truly remarkable period of history. As a Canadian, I have not been immersed in the history of the American Revolution. This novel brought it to life in a way that made the characters breathe and gave a humanity to people who are often cast as unflawed super-beings in movies and TV. Quite apart from the historical content, it was a true love story from beginning to end and it showed the influence that strong women had in shaping America as it is today.

    I will be listening to this fascinating book again. Very well done indeed!

    Nui

  57. Jame Reul

    a view from Canada
    While I know my Canadian and British 18th century history, before I listened to this, my knowledge of the U.S. in that period came from pop culture and sixth grade. This broadened my understanding and interested me in downloading more McCullough and U.S. history. Any book that invites nonAmericans to do so is good for the world!

    Although long for nonfiction, the listen compares very favourably to a novel. However, I think McCullough strikes a balance between documentation and narrative that is easy on the ears but still seems to present sound history. The book draws on much more than the charming correspondance between the Adams’ mentioned in the publisher’s blurb. My head spins when I think of how McCullough combined sources to come up with this portrait.

    I did not mind the narrator as did some other listeners — He did sound a bit corny, but he read with enthusiasm for and appreciation of his material.

  58. Nereida Palfreyman

    John and Abigail lived at my house
    While I was listening to this book, John Adams and his family came to live with me. I was so absorbed in the history, I thought about it even when I wasn’t listening. I am impressed with McCullough’s skill at bringing history to life. It’s a fascinating time with relevance to today. The time and thought put into the Constitution should never be taken for granted. Also, the knowledge of these people and their efforts to continually educate themselves and engage their intellectual lives is beyond anything we see today. While this will appeal to history buffs, I highly recommend it for anyone interested in people’s lives and an in depth view of the minds of brilliant people.

  59. Morton Preiss

    great book, distracting narrator
    The book is a wonderfully written, interesting portrait of an American founder. The narrator speaks well and pleasantly. However, his long pauses to apparently take a drink of water accompanied by the sound of swallowing is disgusting and extremely distracting. I wonder why it was not somehow edited out!I have listened to 9 hours so far but I am not sure if I can continue to listen to all 30 hours if it continues…

  60. Wilfred Macchia

    Great Man, Great Book, Marginal Narrator
    David McCulough’s research, analysis and writing style are all very much to my liking. I enjoyed everything about this book, but the narrator’s lapses in concentration. His voice was very , but I thought at times it was John Adams himself come back from the dead, but only just. I estimate that the pauses and heavy breathing took up almost two hours of the book. For the first few times, I thought my iPod had run out of battery. It seemed as though they kept the tape rolling while he found his place or took a break. It would have been a much better experience if they simply edited out these pieces or non-pieces. I give the book a 5, but with the narration I can only rate the audio a 3.

  61. C. Howe

    An Extraordinary Life Told By An Extraordinary Writer
    I found it fascinating and informative. A great deal of personal interaction told in the words of the people who lived and shared their lives. The book does a great job of upholding the founders as exceptional men while expressing their flaws, apprehensions and humanity.

  62. David I. Williams

    A Classic Work for Our Time
    This Pulitzer Prize winning biography by David McCullough has become a classic work. John Adams is one of the most interesting and, before this book was published, one of the least known of the Founding Fathers. Born to a farmer in Braintree, Massachusetts Adams went to Harvard and then studied law. He became a respected attorney in the Boston area. He met and married the brilliant Abigail Smith he proceeded to and they produced four children who lived to maturity. From there his career took off. He defended the British soldiers who fired on a mob. He served in both Continental Congresses. He served on the diplomatic mission to France. While in Europe he helped to secure loans from Dutch bankers to keep the American Revolution going. He served on the peace commission. He was named the first ambassador to Great Britain. Returning home he become the first Vice-President and the second President of the United States.

    McCullough bring out the brilliant and irascible character of Adams. Adams was brilliant. In fact he was one of the most brilliant men of his age. A man of passionate and fiery temper he often rubbed people the wrong way. He was well known as one of the great orators of his time. His speeches on behalf of Independence helped to lead the way to the Declaration of Independence. As brilliant as he was as a thinker and a speaker he always seemed to have a hard time getting his thoughts on to paper. He tended to write material that was long and rambling. He also never seemed to grasp that other people were not as well read as himself, nor were they capable of understanding some of the subtleties of his thought. A thoroughly practical man he seemed to not understand that he lived in a day of rhetoric and idealism.

    The period that Adams lived in and helped to define was a complex period. New ideas were coming together that would change the world forever. So many things that we take for granted, the idea of individual rights, freedom of speech, even freedom of thought, were not accepted as the norm. In fact many believed that a society founded on such ideas was considered dangerous and unlikely to succeed.

    As alway, McCullough’s prose is masterful. He has the writer’s gift of making complex issues come alive and seem easy to understand. So many scenes remain with you. You can see the rage of the mob and the fear of the British soldiers as they fire on the crowd at the Boston Massacre. You feel the cramped and stuffy conditions of the Congress as it debates the idea of independence. Most of all you get to know the characters. You get to know, and love the irascible Adams. You get to know his brilliant wife, Abigail, who was the great love of his life. So many other people come out. You feel the friendship that he had with Thomas Jefferson. You feel the pain that he felt when Jefferson chose party ideology over friendship. The pain that his children, except for his oldest son John Quincy, brought to him is heartbreaking. If you have never read this book you should do so. It is a brilliant work of history, and a wonderful work of literature.

  63. Krystin Janicke

    David McCollough is the Herodotus of our time
    I’d never found John Adams to be a very interesting figure, and bought this book purely on the strength of McCollough’s ‘1776’.

    I had no idea how deeply engrossing the story of John Adams’ life would be, nor how adeptly McCollough would manage to tell it. This is a shockingly thorough work of tested, evidence-based history, objectively presented.

    I can’t say enough to recommend this book to anybody interested in understanding the multi-dimensional political and diplomatic drama running in parallel to the military drama of the American Revolution, as well as the often awkward foundations of our two party system; all told through the life of an unusually likable and relateable man (as well as his remarkable wife and son).

  64. Ian

    Second-rate Production Deflates a Great Bio
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Adams to be better than the print version?

  65. Queen Geister

    200+ years – some things never change
    Very much admire John & Abigail Adams and how they conducted themselves throughout all the many changes life threw at them. Amazing to hear the history of our relatively young country, that in over 200 years we still have some of the same arguments, politicians still will not see eye to eye, and it still gets pretty ugly. Well Worth the listen!

  66. Emilio L.

    Fascinating History!
    Quite simply, this was the most fascinating history I have ever read. I am grateful to David McCullough for his meticulous research and masterful writing. He has allowed me to personally know two of the nation’s finest and most noble citizens, John and Abigail Adams.

    I am also grateful to the narrator, Nelson Runger, whose voice fit the subject matter perfectly. It is clear he knew the book, the times and the characters inside and out.

    “John Adams” is now on my ipod, my iphone and on my Kindle; it goes where I go and I intend to listen to it again and again.

  67. Ellis Farago

    A Real Person
    I enjoyed getting to know John Adams as a man, failings and all. It brought home that our nation was started by people, not icons. Anyone who has spent any time working in politics or in a large corporation can relate to the power struggles, manoeuvers and alliances the founding fathers faced as personalities and agendas struggled for dominance. It made our nation’s often glamorized beginnings seem more real and increased my admiration for what was achieved.

  68. Alexander Allabaugh

    Listen or Watch
    I opted for the Listen to John Adams rather than to Watch John Adams on a Cable Network Pay Channel. This was far better. As a history buff I was thrilled to listen to all the ins and outs of the whole story. At times, as with all history I had to step back and do something else; however over all it was an enjoyable listen.

  69. Clotilde Lokaphone

    Overall – well worth the credit.
    I am not a history buff but, for various reasons, recently decided to read or listen to a book about each president, in chronological order. John Adams, like the book about George Washington I listened to, was quite a long book, and with good reason, there is a lot of subject matter to cover. McCullough did a good job covering all the basics, and then some, for a beginner such as myself. Likely because I was listening and not reading, there were times I felt a little confused and had to re-listen to clarify.
    I had a very difficult time adjusting to the narrator’s style and nearly gave up a couple times but, eventually, I somehow got used to the many long pauses; hearing him swallow and breathe was a bit harder to ignore. I have not had this problem in the several other audiobooks I have listened to.
    Overall, I think the book is well worth the credit and the hours spent listening.

  70. Sebrina Mayland

    interesting story well. a master of the peole
    danid mcchullough is an amazing writer and historian. this amazing book tells one side of our founding fathers. The history of our country should always be listened to.

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