While it's important for students to learn to read and evaluate critical commentary, "Each reader has a right-and even a responsibility-to form his or her own opinions, based on that reader's reading and understanding of a piece of literature, and to be able to support those opinions with solid reasons"
The author did a wonderful job at drawing me into the sights, sounds and even the smells of these historic American days.
It was told in way that made it unforgettable.
Hard to choose. Probably Abraham Lincoln.
For the most part, yes.
I would love to hear more historical accounts told with this quality of story-telling artistry!
THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE MR. O'REILLY!
Day to day events
Capture of the assassins
Timeline of Terror
Want to read more about Lincoln now
Yes and I have. For history fans it is seldom we get an accurate book that reads like a novel. There are some points of conjecture, rather than detract, they make the book better.
Not applicable, rather, the character development of the historical figures was extremely well done. I learned something about each of them I did not know before.
Whenever the author reads his/her own book they provide emphasis where they intended it; if you will, O'Reilly adds depth to the book.
You thought you knew John Wilkes Booth?
Audible should figure out how to make the pictures from texts and non-fiction available to its listeners.
My first audible book
the whole conspiracy group
His ability to emphasize with emotion and yet narrate the truth
no, just very interested in the history and bringing the characters to life
Teach me more history Bill!
I so looked forward to hearing Bill O'Reilly read his own book. Then, listening to it, I was shocked that O'Reilly did not know how to read his own words.
Again and again, whenever speaking about the Union or Confederate cavalries or any cavalry unit or officer, O'Reilly says “Calvary” instead.
There was no such thing as the Union Calvary.
There was no Confederate Calvary, either.
This did not happen only once, or only a few times. There are countless references in the written work to cavalry engagements. And every single time we hear O’Reilly speak the word Calvary instead of cavalry.
Isn't he supposed to be a history professor?
Would you not expect a history professor to know that Calvary is a hill outside Jerusalem – famous for certain people said to have been crucified there by the Romans?
Even if he were somehow miraculously ignorant of this, does he not know how to read English?
The word cavalry starts with “cav” like cavity not “cal” like calendar. Duh.
This was a continual irritant and distracting to say the least. How could you trust history written by any man who says Calvary instead of Cavalry?
All that aside, was there not some producer or director — maybe even an audio tech working the booth while O’Reilly was at the microphone — to clue him in?
Nobody said anything to him at the time? Really?
Although reasonably well written, there was nothing new or unique about the President, his assination, or events surrounding it. He included a lot of "filler" in the form of details of the final battles and events surrounding Lee's capitulation.
O'Reilly narrated. Although he reads well, his mispronunciation of technical words was annoying. Most annoying was saying calvary when he should have said, cavalry. He's paid way to much to not know the difference.
Miracle in the Andes
Pleasant, well-modulated, appealing
The somewhat irrelevant details of the ending of the civil war.
Many authors make the mistake of thinking they are good narrators. O'Reilly is one of those.
The day by day account the last battles of the Civil War and of Lincoln's movements as it corresponded with the action in the field of battle.
Typically condescending tone
Bill O'Reilly repeatedly mispronounced the word "Cavalry," meaning "mounted soldiers", calling it "Calvary," "the place of Jesus' crucifixion." I found that very distracting, even though I enjoyed the story.
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
I was a little skeptical about this book, even though I like Bill O'Reilly. I've never been too interested in history - in school it was all about memorizing dates and names. Bill really brings the details to life and I was drawn into the story. Very good.
Back in time.
The character depiction of Booth and Lincoln and Grant.
The book was very well written and performed by Bill O'Reilly and I would recommend it to all United States citizens.