Regardless of whether you agree with Bill O'Reilly's political views or not, this book has NOTHING to do with them. It is simply a good book on the assasination of Lincoln. It is well written and well performed (by Mr. O'Reilly himself, who is a good reader of his own material). Many will buy it or not buy it simply because it is written by Bill O'Reilly. Remember that he taught history long before he became a political pundit. This book is about history, not political views (except those in place during the Civil War). Even speculations of a conspiracy theory are presented as just that - speculation. I strongly recommend reading it.
This book took me there, it took me to that time and that place to watch the last days of Lincoln and thus America as it was... come to an end. Interesting side stories and follow ups on the many people that played a role in this amazing story. Many interesting and surprising details.
Well done Bill! Now, how about another!!!
Bill O'Reilly was a wonderful reader! I was the 4th in my family to read this book (I listened, the others read), and we all recommend it!
We usually learn about events like this without much context. This book filled in a lot of information that I never knew. While I didn't do very well in History class, I now read a lot of historical books. The information and the storyline in Killing Lincoln were much more fascinating than the dry textbooks from my school days.
The pacing was very good, but I was very distracted by many words being mispronounced. The worst was cavalry, which he kept pronouncing as Calvary. It was so distracting that I kept losing track of what was going on. Doesn't he have anyone edit these recordings? I don't know whether any of the offending words were correct in print, but I would expect that they would have been caught by a good editor.
I listen to many books while I'm out walking or working in the yard. I would have given 5 stars for the content and the reading, but the mispronunciations were happening so frequently in the middle of the book that I was greatly agitated, and sometimes had to stop it and listen to music instead. Knowing what I know now, I would buy the book, but not the audiobook.
Time well spend to remember the events, nothing new to learn. First third of the book is the military history of the final defeat of Lee. Since Booth was not a soldier, nor under military command, it was filler to make the book longer not deeper. History buffs would think,
He's a good expressive voice.
This was a great listen for somebody who likes history. The story was told well and I definitely learned some new things and got a better idea of our history as a country.
I think for me, it was hearing how people used to sleep on the floor of the White House to get a word with the president.
Since he is the author there is a lot of passion in his telling, plus he knows exactly where to put the inflections and can read the book the way he meant for it to be read.
No extreme, just really interesting.
I would try another book, but will be more guarded next time.
I love audible books because I can drive and listen.
No followup necessary.
This was one of the better ones.
I liked that I felt like I saw from a personal point of view, that time in history. Who knew how divided the country was and how that framed their actions? To think that our country went from war to being united again in such a short amount of time. How can a people put themselves back together again, without time and guidance. I saw what a visionary Lincoln was and how sad that he could not help with the healing of a torn nation.
O'Reilly is O'Reilly. I think he did a good job narrating, although his intonation is exactly the way he does his show, without the shouting.
Yes, there were several items that I had never heard before in my reading and found very interesting.
The new facts, items that I had not heard before having read a couple of other books that focused on the Lincoln assassination.
O'Reily has a very engaging style and tone making listening a pleasure. His cadence is very good and can easily be listened to at 2x for those of you, like me, that listen at that speed.
No, I travel extensively and tend to listen to my books an hour or so at a time. This was not an issue with this book.
Excellent emotional riviting
On Wings of Eagles both brought a real life historical event into finr focus
When Lincoln breathed his last breath. I cried.