This book could have gone on forever and I'd still be listening. I absolutely loved it.
Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite Americans, and I've read several non-fiction books about him, but this is truly the first time I ever got a sense of what he may have been like as a young man. This book was not only entertaining but woven so well with historical fact that at times I actually forgot I was listening to a fictional book.
I disagree with the complaints about the narrator. Most of the history books I've listened to on audible are exactly like this: a sort of dry reader who conveys little emotion. I thought he was perfect and it added an interesting contrast to the dramatic events unfolding.
Do yourself a favor and try this out. I liked it so much that I bought the hardcover edition for my history buff boyfriend. He loves it.
I really was not sure what to expect on this - campy was a word that came to mind. But that was not the case. It was faithful to the history (as far as my limited knowledge) and provided "explanations" for some of the mysteries about Lincoln's history. A must-read for vampire fans and Lincoln fans who don't take history too seriously.
It's difficult to say just why I didn't like this book--it's not poorly-written for the most part, and well-researched. From the start, however, this book left me feeling flat.
There are some novel twists (the concept itself is novel), but the story is overlong, particularly in the second half.
At times this reads too much like a history book, but not a particularly exciting one.
I didn't hate the book, and the short interview with the author is interesting.
Abe Lincoln has been my favorite president since grade school and now i think i love him even more. This book took two of my favorite things ( Biographies and Vampires) and mashed them together in a fun way. I highly recommend this for someone looking for a fun read.
This is not another vampire/twilight story but an incredible mix of fiction wrapped around well researched history. I am unable to explain it better without giving away the plot but do not be surprised if you find yourself giving anyone in sunglasses a thoughtful second look.
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Seth Smith took the literary interest of Lincoln, mixed in the popularity of the Twilight series, and told it along a story line that paralleled The Da Vinci Code, and out came an interesting idea but marginally performed. The narration and story was good enough to keep me listening until the end. If you enjoy vampire books then it is likely worth a listen, otherwise spend your money on something else.
I found the story dull. Read more like a history synopsis rather than a story. The opening prologue leads you to believe there is more to this part, but it is just dropped and the ending was quite anti-climatic.
I thought, when I saw this listed, yea right this isn't going to be cool. WAS I EVER WRONG!!! This Audio book was very cool, so cool that I just ordered the hard bound print for another go at it, My wife and Kids should enjoy this more than the twilight series, ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS GIVE US MORE!!!!!!!
This book was so well written and contained so much writing based around historical events, that if you were inclined to believe in vampires, you would have thought this book was a biography, not historical fiction. I listened to it almost straight through, glued to my headphones.