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.
The underlying text here is great - good research, compelling characters, fascinating historical storyline. And I like Bill O'Reilly on TV. But he is just not cut out to be a book narrator. He rushes through whole chapters, mispronounces words, and in many instances is clearly reading from a prompter, because he finishes a sentence and then realizes that there's more sentence yet to come on the next line, and mumbles the remaining words. Many of the grating errors would have been easy to catch and re-record... was there no post production or editing here?? Awful, awful, awful. Almost unlistenable.
I went into this book after it had been on the market for a while. I didn't think I wanted to read yet another book about Lincoln in general or his assassination in particular. After all when I went to school we were required to do a lot more reading, and a lot of it was history. But, I'm a Bill O'Reilly fan and after hearing him talk about it; a lot. I thought well, I'll give it a try.
Am I glad I did! This book goes into details that I don't remember ever being addressed much studied in any depth. As I listened this book the one single most common thought that punctuated my thinking was; "I've never heard that before".
The book is an easy listen. O'Reilly narrates it, and it's done in style that's easy to listen to, and holds your interest. I didn't want to set the book down (so to speak), but I also dreaded getting to the end; I was enjoying it that much.
I'm not going to get into specifics of the book here. I'm going to say that even if you think you don't like Bill O'Reilly you need to give this book a tumble. You won't learn one thing you didn't know before; you'll learn several.
And excellent book; I'm really glad I set aside my thought that I couldn't possibly learn anything that I hadn't heard about before.
very well written lots of information about the assassination and possible conspiracy. O Riley did a nice job as narrator.
This shouild be required listening for school kids. Done very well and would hold their attention. Adults will find it very interesting with a couple of little know facts that come to light. In fact will listen to it again.
Although I enjoyed the book, there was nothing new in my understanding of the Lincoln murder. There have been a variety of other authors that I have read, that provide a more comprehensible analysis of the capture on John Willkes Booth and the subsequent trial of the other conspirators.
Well written and expertly narrated. Well worth the time for any history buff or lover of great stories.
Just a real good book. Took no time to listen to it. I like that Bill actually narrated the book.
Book was okay, if a bit pedantic. However, Bill O'Reilly is a terrible narrator. Hard to believe he has ever read a book, much less gone to Harvard.
Note to O'Reilly: Word of the day - CAValry. Not CALvary, which is where Jesus died. If you are going to use a word in an audio book 70 or 80 times, you should learn to pronounce it.
Poorly written and poorly read.
His style is not appropriate to the subject matter. Needs a professional reader rather than O's hard boiled news style. He sounds exactly as he does when he reads his talking points on TV. Some laughable mispronunciations of rather critical words like dura mater (he calls it dura matter--if you are going to seem erudite by including anatomical detail, then pronounce it correctly. This type of thing typifies the whole enterprise.
A few new nuggets, but their reliability is unclear. Many superficial chapters about battles before getting to the conspiracy. Casual, twenty first century colloquial style inappropriate to the gravity of the subject. Lincoln "scarffed" his breakfast?? Some stories don't recount interesting facts like the actual conversation Lincoln had at breakfast on the day of Assassination. Rank speculation not excusable by saying "hey this is just speculation." Not a serious book. Save your money for the myriad excellent Lincoln books available.