I loved this fresh look at President Lincoln's life and death. There was humor (powerful Lincoln & Grant were both intimated by their wives), intrigue, and MANY new historical details that enrich the story. I was concerned that Bill O'Reilly would make it sound like a weekly news show but he did a good job. A co-worker's enthusiasm for the book made me download it and I am very happy that I did.
I enjoyed this book very much. Bill O'Reilly does a good job of presenting it and kept my interest the whole book. I recomemnd this book to anyone who loves American History.
I really enjoyed Killing Lincoln. I found it especially wonderful that Bill O’Reilly was reading his own co-authored book. He brought the subject to life as if it just occurred. Some may not like this reading form as it is not a monotonous historical read but rather the unveiling of history as if it just occurred as if it was fresh news being just reported. I had always thought of myself as something of a history buff, but I found myself stopping at points in the book when some new point of history was revealed and I had to go check for myself further details. Many details about the closing days of the Civil War I found fascinating. The story surrounding High Bridge was one that I researched after hearing more about the battle in Killing Lincoln.
I really can’t wait for Bill O’Reilly to tackle another historical novel. This seemed such a departure from Pinheads & Patriots, which I also enjoyed, but this was a new perspective on history on a subject that I thought I knew well. I was pleasantly surprised at the fresh look at history.
This is a great book about a tragic event. It is thoroughly researched and very comprehensive. It is well written and the author does a great job of reading the audio book.
Great Book! This is the way history books should be written! Would have give 5 stars overall with a good narrator!
Other than O'Reilly's constant mispronunciation of the word Cavalry, the book was very entertaining and educational. O'Reilly did a great job of presenting the gruesome and stark conditions during the Civil war for both sides, but particularly the Confederates. As a southern bred person that finds the Civil War very interesting, I found O'Reilly put faces to the characters and filled in the blanks about Booth. Without ever saying it, O'Reilly painted the picture of an obsessed narcissist that changed the course of our nation while also painting a depressed but prescient Lincoln. I just wish he could pronounce Cavalry properly while reading his audio version of the book.
This book does a marvelous job of painting the picture that is missed by so many others. Enjoyable, well written and Bill does a nice job on the narration as well.
Despite recent news stories alleging factual errors in Bill O'Reilly's accounting of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, I thought his book was fascinating. However, I was greatly disappointed in O'Reilly's narration. He sounded pedantic, professorial and, frankly, bored with his own work. He spoke too rapidly, without the ever-effective pauses, vocal variations and drama that a professional narrator could have injected. (I kept thinking "Gosh, I wish Scott Brick were reading this one!")
This book is difficult for me to rate, as I think the story is a good one, but in my opinion, Bill O'Reilly hurt the book by reading it himself. While he may do well on a television news show, he is not an actor, and his reading lacked both inflection and feeling. He droned... which I felt made the material uninteresting, no matter how good the text was, and I found myself falling asleep. As I have just purchased a Kindle Fire, I will purchase this book in that format.