Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.
The narrators are very important to my listening and can make or break my enjoyment, so I was disappointed with one of the author's presentation. It was static with a repetitive speech pattern that shot out the facts as though he was reading lists of bulletins. It is the only book in my audio library which I would have preferred to personally read but at least I now have knowledge of the machinations leading to the violent and untimely death of this great man.
Great story, well woven. I'm always taken with books, whether non-fiction or historical fiction, that revolve around Lincoln. So I was a sucker for this book, and would absolutely recommend it to all of you who are similarly smitten. But be aware, it's O'Reilly himself reading it. And if you find his antics on FOX to be at all distasteful, you'll enjoy yourself through this book, despite his tone...that same snotty, punk. If you are not a Lincoln-phile, you'll probably not be that interested. Detail is good in most places, and since it's an audio book, I can't read citations. Since it's O'Reilly, I have no idea if the facts are real, or if he's just making them up, since he seems to do that on TV (or perhaps, better said, his opinion or version of the facts are stated as fact).
For Lincoln junkies, I actually appreciated the description of Booth.
Made it feel, as if I was right there with Lincoln seeing him struggle with his decisions.
That President Lincoln stood by his convictions instead of playing politics.
I bought the book also. I wanted the narration to go along with the printed words. I felt it made the experience very enjoyable.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is the best book I've ever read on Lincoln or the war. I've bought it for a Christmas gift. The details and the way it is presented was wonderful. Everyone should read this. Well done.
Very good book, loved the style of writing for the story. I learned more about the Civil War era than I ever learned from a college course.
I do not know much about the specific battles and events leading up to the assassination of Lincoln. This is an interesting presentation of history.
I would read reviews before spending money on another Bill O'Reilly book. He says that the book is written in a entertaining style. I would not give it that much entertainment value.
The performance was dry. Bill described the men on horseback as
In the top tier
it was non-fiction write as a story and not restating facts. Very interesting. You know the story by tell DID AN GREAT JOB of putting this together
His unique story telling ways
The first and the last part of the book are true to the title; however, the bulk of the book revolves around military maneuvers. Not being a big fan of military history this section moved slow for me--others might enjoy it. The authors have excelled in giving a vivid picture of the events of the assassination and the aftermath, it just takes awhile for them to get to it.
I enjoyed the work, and found it entertaining. However, for a hardcore Lincoln junkie, the story was a bit thin. It was not even in the league of Goodwin's Team of Rivals, but overall, the history was sound. The performance was excellent. It did keep you on your toes and wanting more.
The details of the story behind Lincoln's assasination are fascinating, but it was made less compelling by Mr. O'Reilly's reading of his book. He read it as if he was setting up a news program or an expose, not in the voice of a good storyteller.