The facts and details that O'Reilly brings out are presented in way that keeps your attention and leaves you wanting to find out what happens next. Always nice to listen to how the author wants you to hear the dialog in the way he has written it and expects the reader to interpret the importance of a particular line/sentence. Found out things I wasn't aware of about Lincoln, the generals and family. Very interesting to learn about who was involved and died because of their involvement.
The details surrounding Booth and his life. Plus how many people were in line to kidnap or assassinate Lincoln. Amazing he lived until the end of the war and how fortunate we all are that he did. People tend to forget it was less than two lifetimes ago. Slavery would still be practiced in some form if the south had won because it would have been a mandate and part of the new constitution.
Being a former history teacher, you can feel the passion he has when explaining the events, but leaves out the boring reading of speaches etc.... which was good... Summarizing them was really the way to go. You also can tell he really loves history and the information he's found.
Not really. It was just good historical capture of what was going on at the time. Very good.
Looking forward to a movie.. :)
This was my first Audible book and I truly enjoyed it. It's a great history lesson but also reads like a novel. The listener feels really connected to the characters. We all know the story of the Lincoln assassination, but this book goes into great detail, building anticipation and intrigue as it describes the days in the lives of the characters leading up to the fateful night and the days and months thereafter. I highly recommend this book -- great narrator, too.
The detail about the members of the assasination team.
The day and evening of the shooting.
John Wilkes Booth
The attempted assassination of VP Johnson.
This was great when combined with the Movie Lincoln. I completed this book before seeing the Film.
Best book so far.
Does not compare. This is the best story I have ever read.
A compelling story.
There is no denying the compelling history relayed in Killing Lincoln. I wish I had read the book rather than listened to it as recorded by Mr. O'Reilly. His voice and delivery were a constant detraction and reminder that he is television personality. He mispronounced so many words that I started a list. My guess is that someone along the way must have suggested to Mr. O'Reilly that he might want to turn the narration over to an actor but Mr. O'Reilly's ego would never permit that.
I recently listened to The Cat's Table on Audible. It was read by the author and it is a beautiful example of the author's voice enhancing the story. Angela's Ashes is another. O'Reilly take note.
Devil in the White City
In the Garden of the Beasts
Just about any actor, male or female, would have done a better job.
I enjoyed the story of Lincoln's assassination. It really only deals with the last couple of weeks of the president's life. That's a pity. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I'm not from wherever Bill O'Reilly is from and I find his accent very annoying. His reading style is a little too "I'm super smart" smug.
Easy to read.
Killing Kennedy. It is written in the same easy flow style that holds your attention and leaves you not wanting to put it down.
I liked all of the Civil War descriptions.
I strongly recommend this book. The Audio version is great.
I did like this, but was perplexed in that O'Reilly reviews the events from 14 days out to July after the assassination; he didn't link events on the battlefield to the assassination and you had the feeling that Wilkes-Booth would still have planned on assassination regardless of the last desperate battles between Union and Rebel armies. He also tantalized us with evidence that Sec of War Stanton might have had a bit to do with the assassination, but there was no link to the conspirators that was explained. I dislike writing in present tense, and it worked all right here, but I thought this was a good book rather than a great book. Interesting content.
Steady, however it was odd that he mispronounced words like gelatinous and endometriosis--would have thought he would have looked those up!
It has been on the New York Times best seller list, and while better than many things you could listen to, couldn't quite see why it was so far up. Buy this on sale and you will really enjoy it!
I Loved the presentation of historical facts! I learned the background of the story that I did not know about!
I wish it had been possible!
yes to compare to the move.
The Killing of JFK
no but I could not put it down.
I think any one who likes History , will Love this Book