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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (68,624 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"John Adams", the Pulitzer Prize winner for Biography, tells the sweeping tale of one of America's greatest historical figures.

John Adams was known for his brutal honesty, his brave autonomy, and his sometimes irritable nature. What he thought of as the "Great Cause" was the United States' freedom, and what he questioned was religion, the meaning of friendship, loyalty, and those beliefs which will cast a shadow or light on future generations. It was his heroism that led him to the presidency, our nations second, following George Washington. He risked much in journeys across the Pyrenees mountains and over the ocean of the Boston frigate in the freezing temperatures of the 1778 wintertime.

In his personal life he was known for his loving and passionate marriage to Abigail Adams, a woman regarded as possessing great valor and wisdom. Though many also regarded John as a man of integrity, he may have been known for his wild ideas, as much as his ideals. These very values, and John's approach to communicating them to his countrymen, could be what protected America from engaging in another war after the Revolution. Even the turbulent relationship between Adams and Thomas Jefferson is discussed here in a captivating, sweeping style of narration, one meant to be read aloud.

David McCullough, born in 1931, has won the Pulitzer and the National Book Award for his biographical works. His voice is well known to fans of PBS's American Experience series, as are his other non-fiction narratives Truman, and 1776. John Adams and Truman were both adapted for television mini-series.

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 Adam'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 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.

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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Lucid and compelling…[Written] in a fluent narrative style that combines a novelist's sense of drama with a scholar's meticulous attention to the historical record.”

    New York Times

  • “By far the best biography of Adams ever written…McCullough's special gift as an artist is his ability to re-create past human beings in all their fullness and all their humanity. In John and Abigail he has found characters worthy of his talent.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A masterwork of storytelling.”


  • “McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography
  • Winner of the 2002 Audie Award
  • Winner of the 2002 Ambassador Book Award for Biography
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2001 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful biography. I gained a great deal of appreciation for Adams. And, a bit more critical appreciation of Jefferson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan Dunning | 2/17/2014

    " I'll be honest, this book took me quite a while to read. It was super informative, but sometimes it just couldn't keep my attention. I am definitely glad that I read it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Berto | 2/14/2014

    " Very interesting, learned a ton more about life and politics during the birth of America than I did from any "official" history text book! Reads like a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frank | 2/13/2014

    " John Adams, our 2nd President (and Washington's Vice-President), is much over-looked. This excellent biography gives us the details of his incredible life, as well as the surrounding events of the American Revolution. "

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