Its not the greatest book but its good. The story itself is a factual history book and it was written as entertaining as a history book can without deferring away from the story too much. There are a lot of things about Abraham Lincoln that I did not know that are in this book. He really is the gold standard of leadership in this country. Not a perfect leader, but the greatest one America has had.
Having Bill narrate it was interesting. He wasn't the best and his voice isn't the most soothing but hearing a book read by the author is a very interesting experience. He shouldn't go around reading other books for audible but he fit this book.
I thought the research for this book and the storyline was fabulous. It was so informative, I couldn't stop listening. Mr. O'Reilly's performance was anything but a performance, he just read the book in his famous "Bill O'Reilly" voice, which was fine but it was "what" he was reading and not" how" he read it that kept me coming back. This should be a book that is read in every American History class in America. You will not be sorry if you get this book. And you will be smarter after listening to it!!!!!
Very informative! One of Orielly's best books yet. He reads a little to fast so it is hard to comtemplate and meditate on what he is saying. Probably because he is use to the time constraints of a TV show and that he is a New Yorker!
Marginal. O'Reilly's generally arrogant tone distracts from narration in a major way. His lecturing diminishes the story, which is interesting but certainly not the 'thriller' O'Reilly claims. Also, O'Reilly uses a wrong word multiple times in his narration. I stopped counting the times he spoke 'calvary' for 'cavalry'. Surely O'Reilly knows the difference!
Learning about some of the supporting cast of Booth's plot to kill President Lincoln.
Just about anyone who read for his readers's benefit rather than his own.
The book is a good idea. O'Reilly and his ego get in the way of the story. He seems so pleased with himself and his owned narration.
Yes. it was very interesting and informative piece of history.
Details that I never knew.
It was more like a news cast so it didn't sound much like a thriller as it is advertised.
No. I think we got enough info from the book.
Yes, the audio edition is better than the print edition because you get the effective narration by Bill O'Reilly which basically brings you to the Civil War and next to President Lincoln and John Wilkes Boothe up until the minute of their deaths.
Being George Washington and Killing Lincoln are very similar and both great books to listen to because the narrations bring you to those historical points in time.
I have listened to two of Bill O'Reilly's books and although they are all very good, this is by far the best.
Yes, but I could not because it was over 7 hours long.
Purchase it for you, your kids and any family members because people need to read and comprehend history or they are doomed to repeat it. Right now at this time, things are happening to our country that could ruin it and hurt us, our future and our children's futures. The United States needs a leader that is similar to Lincoln because he looked out for the good of all Americans and not just a certain group that voted or liked him. That is the main problem with our President now. Lincoln could have hurt the South and made them pay for the war, but he didn't and opened up the country's arms back to the South even though many in the North and many in his party and cabinet wanted him to make them pay. Lincoln knew in his heart and through the guidance of his higher power, that was not the best thing for the future of the Republic and he lost his life for those beliefs.
After winning Independence and working on it for 6 years, each state sent a group of representatives to meet in Philadelphia and hammer out a new agreement. The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended, eager to learn what had been produced behind those closed doors.
As the delegates left the building, a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got?”
With no hesitation, Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Our current President is not helping the cause in keeping our Republic, I can only hope a man in Abe Lincoln's stature can take over and help our country to keep our Republic.
Great Historical Perspective of Events
Insights of personalities and situations
Lincoln's visit to Richmond
Liked the details and how different events were woven together to make this more than a historical report.
A great listen.
An easy listen to well known history. A few minute details not heard before (but not sure how they were verified). More information on the participants in the conspiresy than I had known before. Worth the time, but not a five.
I listened to this book and really enjoyed it. Until this book, all I knew about Lincoln's assassination was that John Wilkes Booth did it in Ford's theater. There are many new exciting details found in Killing Lincoln, which is structured like a journal, reading day by day starting a few weeks before the end of the Civil War. The story is pretty exciting, especially the dramatic last days of the war, the conspiracy around the assassination, and the pursuit of Booth and others.
Here are just a few things I learned which I did not know... (I wouldn't consider this a spoiler alert because this is history)
- There was a conspiracy to simultaneously assassinate the president, VP, Secretary of State, and Ulysses Grant. The SoS was almost killed in the attempt. The others didn't happen for various reasons.
- The assassination occurred less than a week after the end of the war.
- Lincoln tried to get several other couples to attend the theater with him and Mary, and was turned down numerous times! Can you imagine turning down an invitation from the president to attend a play?
- Booth tripped while making his escape, injuring his leg.
- There 2 other presidential assassinations after Lincoln and before Kennedy.
There are various "other" conspiracy theories out there, which O'Reilly addresses, and is clear to say which are facts and which are merely speculation.
For those who like or don't like Bill O'Reilly, there was absolutely nothing political in this book. It was strictly a historical account, written in the form of a very exciting story. O'Reilly narrates the audio version, and though I am a fan, I think I would have liked a less familiar voice better.
A nice refresher. A book that everyone should read
Bill is a very dynamic individual.