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.
As a certified High School Social Studies teacher I found this thoroughly satisfying. If I were still teaching History I would use this book in my class.
It ranks the highest of all the books I've listened to
Many biographies tell the story as if it is totally true. Where the truth is sometimes at the author's discression, Mr O'Reilly says so. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee comes to mind when I think of books that held my attention throughout.
Bill does have a loud voice as some pointed out. However, I never once found myself daydreaming, or drifting off, having to rewind to where my last recollection was. He was like a GOOD professor. He held my attention throughout and my recollection of what he said stayed with me. I consider that the hallmark of a good reader. Yes, some people may try to interject that a person says a word incorrectly like Cavalry....but I sum that up as Tomato/Tomatah and don't rank a person's credibility off of how he pronounces a word or two. That's simply the ability to not be too rigid when listening to what is important here and that is, the story.
Yes, I would look for openings of TIME where I could hear several or many chapters at the same time. I carried my Ipod around with me all the time, which I don't regularily do.
This may have been a book written by a Fox news commentator, but it was not a Fox News commentation. It was a well written, well researched book that just happened to be written by a Fox New commentator. I found out things I never knew. Most people know Lincoln was assassinated but why, how, when and just how close was the civil war won? Often history doesn't get into the details, and the details were the most fascinating part of this book. Well done!
I find the whole Civil War Era to be very sad. I have always admired Lincoln, and learned much about his last week in office and in life. Bill O'Reilly writes clearly and makes the history come alive. I enjoyed the audio book, and will now also get the book itself to read for myself.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It is an interesting point of view and it is written at a level that teens and young adults can understand the book. I wish Bill O'Reilly, as a reader, would enunciate all of his words... after awhile I was becoming so distracted by this that it took away from the story.
This was a great book if you have not read many of the other Lincoln books. "Blood on the Moon" & "Manhunt" were both also well done. The means of telling the story in a novel type context made this audio-book enjoyable. I always enjoy hearing the author of the book reading the book. No president, and few other people have had as much written about themselves as Lincoln. New information is hard to find. This account was very well done. I would recommend it.
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I didn't finish
Because Bill O'Reilly is such a well known news commentator, who sells his ideas and viewpoint, I found my familiarity with his voice got in the way of my believing/enjoying the book. I was looking forward to is, but I just couldn't get by the idea that once again we might gloss the facts to sell the point/story.
The topic is fascinating. The book is the product of in-depth research. It is among the best audio books in this regard
The value of the audiobook was lessened by the reading of Bill O'Reilly. He was difficulty to listen to. It almost sounded like he was saying CALvary in place of CAValry. He should stick to writing (which he does very well) and leave the narration to someone else.