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!
If this book had been read by a "professional" reader, it could have been fantastic. I think Bill O'Reilly is delightful to listen to on TV or radio, but he just droned through the reading of the book. It would be better if he pulled his reading and hired someone else to do it over.
I have to READ the book in order to answer this.
Absolutely not. Buy the book, perhaps........but listen to him read, NO WAY......
If I could play editor, I would have him pause between chapters, give some emphasis to his words, any kind of emotion would have helped.
Please, Mr. O'Reilly........you are a gifted writer and an eloquent speaker........stop reading your own books....please.
Enjoyable, interesting, detailed.
He mispronounces so many words it isn't even funny. I have a difficult time believing it was really him narrating. Voice was quite sharp, irritating and WORDS NOT PRONOUNCED CORRECTLY. I did not feel this way with previous books of his I have heard him narrate.
I enjoyed the story line. While it didn't provide anything earth-shattering, it was factual and very detailed giving me a great deal of information that I had not heard before and found very interesting. I enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
It's OK, but it would make a better movie than a book.
For Lincoln to have lived instead of dying would have made it more enjoyable, but that would have changed history!
No. O'Reilly's mega-ego is just too much. He mispronounced
It was only so-so. I can think of many audio titles which were more worthwhile. If you like history, try
Only if it's read by someone else
His reading is too dry, emphasis is often on the wrong parts of the sentence or word, and he apparently cannot pronounce
I really want to finish this audiobook, but am struggling with Bill O'Reilly's narration. Someone needs to tell him to leave this to a professional.
Excellent Read/POOr narration.
In reading it, no.
Loved reading the book but hated listening to it.
While I heard about some horrible Civil War battles, the book did not deal enough with Lincoln. It was not a Novel.
It wasn't anything new and didn't really need to be written. I felt taken because I wasted a credit to listen to a book that did not deliver the story it promised.
Really any of your regular narrators would have been better. O'reilly has an clipped, angry way of speaking and it made me uneasy.
Yes. Not read anything else written by O'reilly or Dugard.
I was so disappointed. I wasted a credit and I consider them precious.
Loved it Bill. Although I had to buy a hard copy. Audible charged me 15.00 for one half of the book.Will not use audible again.