There's been a lot of controversy surrounding this book which seems to me entirely undeserved: there is nothing in this book worth arguing about. The beginning of the book where the authors talk about the last battles of the war and the surrender of Lee is interesting and well done. Unfortunately, after that it is dull.
This book does not proffer any new theories nor add any new historical revelations. As history, it is bland.
As an audio book, it is pretty bad. Bill Reilly is not a good narrator. His voice isn't pleasant and his reading is flat as a pancake. Flatter than a pancake, actually. Celebrity is not enough to make a good narrator.
There are many other books written on this subject that are much better than this one. There are much better analyses of the available materials. If it weren't a Bill O'Reilly project, the book would have been dismissed as inconsequential. But I did enjoy the first couple of chapters ... pity the rest of the book was so dismal.
Don't get me wrong. I love Bill O'Reilly as a comentator, but as the narrator of this book, he is a poor choice. Listening to him is like listening to his broadcasts: strident declarative sentences, sardonic tone, and inappropriate inflections. His narrative voice has a sharp edge that in my opinion detracted from the storytelling. And call me picky, but I grew increasingly irritated every time he mispronounced CAV-alry as CAL-very. It's a war story -- that word came up a LOT!
In short, Bill should stick to broadcasting.
This story was introduced in the prologue as a thriller, but I really didn't find it thrilling at all. Interesting, yes, but nowhere near what it has been built up to be. This was not the best choice I've made at Audible. And I won't try "Killing Kennedy" because of my disappointment with this book.
Very entertaining and informative presentation of this period in history. Lots of interesting facts and relationships I learned about for the first time. The narration was at first annoying, but it either got better as the book went on or I ignored it because book was so interesting. Author/Narrator sounded like he does in his TV show, the factor, talking fast to get as much in as possible before the next commercial. Lacked cadence, timing, and properly placed pauses, and was difficult to listen to at first, until I got used to it. Listeners are not in a race to get through a book quickly; we want to have time to savor and digest the information or story, and to be entertained. Listening was not easy, but interesting look at inside history made up for it.
Narration got a little better in the next book, Killing Kennedy, or maybe I just knew what to expect. But Kennedy book was just as informative as Killing Lincoln. Note to Author - next book, please hire a professional narrator.
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.
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!
Well written, well read and historically fascinating. The level of research will entertain and educate the listener.
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"
If you are anything near a historical buff you need to read this book. The authors present a complete picture, in you mind, and you feel like you are behind the news cameras as it happens.
This books deal with the facts. Pure and simple. The authors takes these facts and presents them in a plain and simple style that captures the reader's interest.
An extremely entertaining telling of the conspiracy to kill President Lincoln. The information presented about prior attempts to capture or kill Linclon and the possibility of a conspiracy within the government was very enlightening. A must for history lovers.
I am a technology / computer geek and have been since I was 14 years old. Now 33 years old at the time of this description. I enjoy listening to books just before I fall asleep.
I usually do not read books or watch movies more than once. Even though I throughly enjoyed this book nothing stood out enticing me to re-read / listen to this book.