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.
Nothing I haven't seen in other biographies of Lincoln but pulled together expertly in a fast paced and engaging style. Well written but O'Reilly narrates like he's never seen the book before. His uneven cadence and mis pronunciation of simple words (cavalry, carotid, harassment) would win him the pinhead award on his own show.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
The detail surrounding the death of Lincoln had been unknown to me. Bill O did a great job and the story was well known but made new.
The story is compelling. I wish I had bought the book and read it though, instead of the audio copy. Bill O'Reilly sounds just like he does on TV, like an announcer, and because of this, its hard to get into the story. A professional reader would have made all the difference.