Excellent History Retelling
I haven't read another book that was similar to this
He isn't a professional reader. His performance was choppy with pauses and emphasis in the wrong places.
Too many to pick a single moment.
It was a good story and was well written. What I can't understand is why Bill, who read it and is a Harvard-educated man, constantly read the word "calvary" when the word was clearly "cavalry." Big difference there! Is that something he learned at Harvard?
He really wrote a wonderful book, a whole new book of information, however, he should of hired a professional to read. For the first time in years, I couldn't continue, I found his narration boring. Sorry Bill.
Good, Fast, Easy
the assasination attempt of the secretary of war
The only upgrade that I would give to this work would be a better reader otherwise, everything else was great.
My husband and I listen to books while we travel. I was not looking forward to listening to this book,since history puts me to sleep. I was surprised! I really enjoyed the story and hated to turn it off when we stopped. The only tiering thing was the narrator. Please have someone else read!
I liked the story but O'Reilly was boring, I think I would have enjoyed "Killing Lincoln" better if I read it rather than listened to it. This is one of the few books from Audible that I shall never listen to again.
Probably, after all I now own it. I'd be more likely to read it. I enjoyed the content, and the narrator was easy to listen to, EXCEPT for the repeated transposition of 'calvary' and 'cavalry'. I was surprised to learn after I purchased the audiobook and almost started twitching from the repeated use of calvary, that the narrator was an author as well as the narrator. I'll get the printed book out of the local library to see if the words are misprinted. I also noticed 'pandemoniun' instead of 'pandemonium' and other errors of pronunciation. I realise this isn't an easy job and wouldn't do it myself, but it is a profession, and I expect more.
Other than than pronunciation, which may seem a petty complaint but which definitely detracts from the audio experience, the book was very interesting. I learned some things we never learned about Lincoln's assassination in school. For example, 87 men drowned when searching for John Wilkes Booth in a swamp; the man who shot Booth in a barn was such a religious zealot that after experiencing some lustful thoughts, cut off his own testicles with a pair of scissors.
Definitely worth a listen, just be prepared to twitch. The printed version may be better.
I would reccomend this book to anyone with any interest in American history or even an interest in what really happened to Lincoln. A fascinating story about American history that will entertain while you are learning.
Mr. Booth, although a demented criminal, is a most colorful character. His thought process and relatinships are clearly those of someone out of touch with reality. He was self centered with an ego too big for him to handle successfuly.
Mr. Booth's lover was my favorite character, she was so confused she was clearly lost!
Mr. Lincolns death was too graphic and contained too many unsavory details.
A fasinating read!
Excellent book but I wish the man would learn to pronounce 'CALvary' instead of 'CAValry'. Very unsettling to hear that.
Because its basicially a history lesson, it ranks a little lower than some of the really good stories i've listened to. But it got my attention very quickly, and kept it throughout the book.
One of the most memorable things about the story was the fact that it wasn't just Lincoln the assassins were after, it was the vice president and the secretary of state. I just don't remember learning that in the several american history classes that I took in school.
O'Reilly has great voice for narrating this book, very clear and concise. However, every time he said the word
One has to listen to at least the 1st part about the civil war battles all at one time, or you'll loose track of the battles and the participants.
Get the book, its great!