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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael O'Brien Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400186310
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Bancroft Prize–winning historian Michael O'Brien presents the first full account of a dramatic journey by the wife of a future American president. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/11/2014

    " I've always been fascinated by the Adams family, and Louisa and John Quincy are no exception. The story of Louisa traveling on her own from Russia to meet her husband in Paris offers not only the opportunity to learn more about this complex woman and her marriage, but also about male-female relations in the early 19th century, and world politics in the Napoleonic era. It was very well written, and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/16/2014

    " Listening on CD. Not so much a story of Mrs. Louisa (John Quincy) Adams as a portrait of the times, the early 19th Century in Russia and Europe. Wanders all over the place, going down rabbit holes (15 minutes on the types of carriage conveyances available to Mrs. Adams) but just the thing for my long commute. Toward the end you get an intimate portrait of the lady, her husband and her marriage. Manages to reflect on women's rights at various times and places in history as well. A veritable smorgasbord. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 1/1/2014

    " Picked this up on March 21, 2010 - so glad to see books being written about the lives of First Ladies, and this promises to be a gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/21/2013

    " The first half is fascinating. The second half reads more like a text book. And the author just stops writing at the end, not a real ending. All that being said, I enjoyed reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 12/17/2013

    " It seems that just not enough is known about her fascinating journey to fill a book. Three stars because I learned about Louisa Adams, but the book jumped around a lot in time and I got confused. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 12/14/2013

    " Author's style is dry. He presents a lot of historical detail but not in a very gripping way. It was not a page turner, more of tedious read, at least in the first 50 pages. I didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthmarie | 9/14/2013

    " Absolutely engrossing reading, for the historical and geographical details as well as for the insight into the married relationship of Louisa and John Quincy Adams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Jenkins | 3/20/2013

    " So enjoying this book! It is beautifully written and wonderfully researched. I feel as if I am sitting in the corner of Mrs Adam's carriage as she rolls across the landscape of Northern Europe, picking up rumours of Napoleon's return and massing army. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/12/2013

    " Very interesting way to make learning about a former presidents wife engaging. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody | 11/25/2012

    " I finished about 2/3 of the book, with a lot of skimming. Too many details "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 7/29/2012

    " Very interesting book though sometimes there was so much information packed in it was a little hard to wade through it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Pole | 4/23/2012

    " Two words say it all ... Stunning. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrine | 8/4/2011

    " Good read to learn alot of Louisa Adams and be impressed with her journey. includes 'back flashes' to her life so you get a good idea about her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/30/2011

    " Exceptional account of Mrs. John Quincy Adams making a hazardous journey from Russia to France and all the dangers incurred in such an undertaking. Insights into the age that forged the present. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody | 1/25/2011

    " I finished about 2/3 of the book, with a lot of skimming. Too many details "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 8/7/2010

    " It seems that just not enough is known about her fascinating journey to fill a book. Three stars because I learned about Louisa Adams, but the book jumped around a lot in time and I got confused. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 5/29/2010

    " Author's style is dry. He presents a lot of historical detail but not in a very gripping way. It was not a page turner, more of tedious read, at least in the first 50 pages. I didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/8/2010

    " Very interesting book though sometimes there was so much information packed in it was a little hard to wade through it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthmarie | 4/1/2010

    " Absolutely engrossing reading, for the historical and geographical details as well as for the insight into the married relationship of Louisa and John Quincy Adams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 3/21/2010

    " Picked this up on March 21, 2010 - so glad to see books being written about the lives of First Ladies, and this promises to be a gem. "

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About the Author

Michael O’Brien is a professor of American intellectual history at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810–1860, which won the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.