I thought that this book very insightful and informative. Someone who read the book told me the author goes off on tangents of speculation. This abridgement is extremely well done and well edited. In my case, I enjoyed it so much that I am reading the full version of the book now. Even so, the author does offer explanations to the things that he speculates and offers other sources of why he is speculating. Overall, a fantastic book. I give four stars because I would have loved to have just downloaded book unabridged.
If you're into over-the-top sensationalism in your history books, then this one might be for you. I was hoping for something a little more reasoned and thoughtful, but I'm guessing that in the text, every sentence ends with an exclamation mark - because that's how the story is read. Either the narration or the writing - or both - is just so hyperbolic, it's hard to bear. Anyway, if you like A&E style documentaries instead of PBS style documentaries, then you might enjoy this one.
This is one I'd like to go back and actually read as well. The narration is wonderful and the author wrote the history like a novel. You can just see everything play out in your head like you are watching a movie.
Can't say enough about it. It's one I'll listen to again.
This was a perfectly paced pursuit of the man that shot Abraham Lincoln. Well written and full of details, some of which I was not even aware, the "story" described the characters with their own degrees of involvement in and around the assassination, as well as the impact that it had on their lives. Booth was more than just the name of a villain in history. Although far from being a hero in the eyes of Americans then and now, he nonetheless thought that he was doing something good. I enjoyed this "chronicle" from beginning to end, despite the fact that it was a story that took place so long ago - one that we all learn about in our earliest years of school, but with limitations that this account surpasses. I think the narration was very good as well.
This was a great audiobook. I was riveted by the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and by the military's hunt for the band of assasins. John Wilkes Booth was an unbelieveable narcissist, and it is amazing to listen to the description of this unstable man, and how he brought down such a great president. The author provides lots of historical details and does a great job of setting up the various scenes. The listener almost can see a picture of what the narrator is describing in the mind's eye. The story of Lincoln's assassin reads like fiction, and it is amazing that it is all true. Sometimes life is stranger than fiction.
I enjoy historical books and this was a great one. You really got to feel what the characters were feeling and thinking. There was great detail thanks to the author's research on first hand accounts. I would reccomend to anyone who enjoys a great story let alone a true one!
If you enjoyed Team of Rivals, you will greatly enjoy this book since it is a natural follower to continue after Lincoln is killed, to see how and why Booth did what he did and how his conspiritors tried to help him. I also enjoyed the Q/A session at the end with the author. This book was well done and well read. You feel as if you are on the run with Booth and one is amazed how many times he managed to slip by the authorities. You will enjoy this book!
This was the first audible book I listened to. I selected it because of the reviews and I was not disappointed. It built in excitement up to the time when Booth was taken. The broad presentation was well-spaced and the details were very good. The last hour, which covered the events after his capture, was a little bit of a let-down. I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it again five months later.