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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,566 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: David McCullough, Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The New York Times bestseller from two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author David McCullough—the inspiring, enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900

After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history.

Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, who would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate, almost at the cost of his life.

Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all “discovering” Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city’s boulevards and gardens. “At last I have come into a dreamland,” wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom’s Cabin had brought her.

McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women. The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An epic of ideas as well as an exhilarating book of spells…this is history to be savored rather than sprinted through, like a Parisian meal.”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “A lively and entertaining panorama…By the time he shows us the triumphant Exposition Universelle in 1889, witnessed through the eyes of such characters as painters John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri, we share McCullough's enthusiasm for the city and his affection for the many Americans who improved their lives, their talent and their nation by drinking at the fountain that was Paris.”

    Washington Post

  • “From a dazzling beginning that captures the thrill of arriving in Paris in 1830 to the dawn of the 20th century, McCullough chronicles the generations that came, saw and were conquered by Paris…The Greater Journey will satisfy McCullough's legion of loyal fans…it will entice a whole new generation of Francophiles, armchair travelers and those Americans lucky enough to go to Paris before they die.”

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “There is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development…Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail.”

    Chicago Sun-Times 

  • “McCullough’s skill as a storyteller is on full display…The idea of telling the story of the French cultural contribution to America through the eyes of a generation of aspiring artists, writers, and doctors is inspired…a compelling and largely untold story in American history.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A gorgeously rich, sparkling patchwork, eliciting stories from diaries and memoirs to create the human drama McCullough depicts so well.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Marian Ferguson | 2/11/2014

    " A joy to read, somehow lacking in thematic unity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sharolyn Griffith | 2/7/2014

    " McCullough write history more like a novel. I learned so much about Americans going to France, and was especially moved by the story of Augustus St. Gaudens. I do think he could have focused more on some of the women, but he did well with Mary Cassat, and I enjoyed the book greatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Glenn Bell | 2/1/2014

    " I like McCullough. Makes history fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Kay | 1/14/2014

    " I love the time period and what I learned about the various artists and writers. What a time that must have been and what a sacrifice families made to keep them in Paris, not to mention the risk it took to even get there. Trouble is, there was so much information, each Chapter could have been a book. I was overwhelmed. "

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About the Author
Author David McCullough

David McCullough, an accomplished author and historian, has won the National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize twice, and he has been honored with the National Humanities Medal, the New York Public Library’s Literary Lion Award, and the Carl Sandburg Award, among others. His books, include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Morning on Horseback, and Truman. A gifted speaker, he has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad; he is also one of the few private citizens to be asked to speak before a joint session of Congress. He has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, McCullough is a Yale graduate and lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.