The titling of each chapter by date and time lend suspense to the story.
The book is obviously well written, but it seems as if O'Reilly didn't prepare for the reading. Instead, it's like he's relaying some info from a newspaper - as in, "Hey - listen to this..." Very uninspired and uninspiring. There are many awkward pauses as he reads commas as periods and then picks up again - confusing.
This really was a good book - a concise, fact-filled telling of a story that we all know - and I found myself listening with rapt attention. But come on, Bill - if you mispronounce a word that's used hundreds of times maybe you shouldn't be narrating the book, ya know? I would recommend this book and I don't think anyone should keep from listening to it, but be prepared to be bothered occasionally when it happens. It's a shame, too - as I said, it really IS a good book ...
This is an excellent companion for anyone planning to see Spielberg's "Lincoln" since they are both set near the end of the Civil War. They are complimentary to one another and are very informative. While I generally like Bill O'Reilly, he should not have narrated this. My "no spin" take is that he does an okay job, but his television voice simply doesn't compare to some of the better Audible narrators. The book deserves a more serious and historical tone.
Absolutely! So full of new information and very entertaining.
It was natural and funny.
I wish there was another one. I had to read Killing Kennedy immediately afterward and then I still wanted more. I love his writing style.
Way in the top 10
Different from other books no comparison
His voice and inflection was really good and easy to listen to an relate to
When Lincoln gets shot the way it is depicted and the aftermath is excellent
Thank you Bill for showing us why you made a good History teacher
Lincoln...he just knew his days were numbered. BUT he pressed on, not for self but for God & country.
No but I intend to.
Lincoln's life was not for self, but for others.
I can't seem to go back to my saved bookmarks & make corrections or additions on a particular bookmark...w/o making a new bookmark. Any suggestions???
By far, the most enjoyable part of this book was the narration by Bill. Great voice that keeps the reader engaged.
Being a history buff and a profound admiration for our 16th president, I felt this book gave great detail into the man that was Abraham Lincoln. I also got a greater understanding of who Booth was and what led him to that fateful event that happened in Ford's theater.
Whenever you get the experience of having the author narrate his own book, you get the chance to hear how it was meant to be read. Especially a voice such as O'Rilley has.
I read a lot of history and I had read a lot about the Lincoln assasination, but I still learned some new facts from this book. For those who don't usually read history books, I think this would be an enjoyable new type of reading. The events are laid out in a logical and very dramatic way-more like a story than the usual history book. My one objection is the narrator. O'Reilly should not read his own books. He should have a professional do the job. I know he is a TV personality, but being on TV and being able to read a book for an audience are not the same. Also, I have to agree with another reviewer who noted that O'Reilly doesn't say the word cavalry properly. O'Reilly says calvary when he means cavalry and after awhile it really gets annoying because the word cavalry comes up a lot. .
Definitely. Great history, little known facts and details, well done, overall!
Well, Lincoln, of course, but Grant was pretty impressive!
Really decent grasp of the details and made sense of the story line.
Lincoln and Grant. . . The Odd Couple
Overall, good entertainment value, with a valuable learning experience.
This was an extremely enjoyable book for me because history is so often just lists of names and dates for important times, without the human story experiences associated with these. The authors of this book made these facts into an exciting 'story' framework.
A few weeks before the assassination, until the captures and punishments of the perpetrators, this story was told through Lincoln's life parallel with John Wilkes Booth actions. Then the book ended with a description of all the important characters as they completed their lives.
SO MUCH better than lists and lists of facts!! Both facts AND story is my idea of an historical book!! I'll remember this part of history much better now then after all the high school and collage classes I've taken thus far!