upper middle of the pack
the pace - easy listen
You have to like Bill O'Reilly to like this book.
Although I did pay attention to my history class studies, I evidently either didn't get all the details or failed to remember them. O'Reilly does a good job of setting up the scene and filling in the characters. I was completely unaware that William Seward, of Seward's Folly was also attacked. There were many details like this that were brought out in the book. It was such a good read, that I had to read Killing Kennedy, which also proved to be thought provoking.
This is not my typical genre of reading material, but it was great. So much I never knew, and it’s reads like fictional novel. Given the 50/50 political split in our current political situation, there are lessons to be learned from our history.
The book contained the well-known events associated with Lincoln and his assassination, but it did a great job setting the historical perspective of this highly charged period of time.
reads like news
Bill, Mr. O, come on big man! Add some EMOTION when you READ!!!!!!
The audio is not better, just a different atmosphere when listening to the story.
Taking Lincoln out of the theater on a plank, of all things, and the horrible trip finding a location for doctors to care for him!
His voice was clear and his enunciation distinct, exactly what's expected from him and needed for good audio!!
The titling of each chapter by date and time lend suspense to the story.
The book is obviously well written, but it seems as if O'Reilly didn't prepare for the reading. Instead, it's like he's relaying some info from a newspaper - as in, "Hey - listen to this..." Very uninspired and uninspiring. There are many awkward pauses as he reads commas as periods and then picks up again - confusing.
This really was a good book - a concise, fact-filled telling of a story that we all know - and I found myself listening with rapt attention. But come on, Bill - if you mispronounce a word that's used hundreds of times maybe you shouldn't be narrating the book, ya know? I would recommend this book and I don't think anyone should keep from listening to it, but be prepared to be bothered occasionally when it happens. It's a shame, too - as I said, it really IS a good book ...
This is an excellent companion for anyone planning to see Spielberg's "Lincoln" since they are both set near the end of the Civil War. They are complimentary to one another and are very informative. While I generally like Bill O'Reilly, he should not have narrated this. My "no spin" take is that he does an okay job, but his television voice simply doesn't compare to some of the better Audible narrators. The book deserves a more serious and historical tone.
Absolutely! So full of new information and very entertaining.
It was natural and funny.
I wish there was another one. I had to read Killing Kennedy immediately afterward and then I still wanted more. I love his writing style.