Bill uses the word
I was frankly embarrassed for Bill listening to the book.
Overall, the book was historically (factually) accurate, and his treatment of Booth was fair. Lincoln was the best friend the South had in the North. Booth not only murdered a good man, but he insured a despotic reconstruction in the South. That point wasn't ever made in the book.
I haven't read the print version yet. The audio gave you the feeling of
One of the most memorable moments in the book was hearing about the devastation of Richmond VA caused by the citizens and not the armies.
The narration could have been a little more enthusiastically read. At times it seemed to need more influctuation in O'Reilly's tone of voice.
As a great fan of Lincoln's, the whole suspense of Booth's actions at Ford Theater and then moving Lincoln's body across the street brought tears to my eyes and gave me a heavy heart. O'Reilly's descriptive narrative made you feel the emotions as if you were an eyewitness, but unable to do anything to stop the inevitable outcome.
I would highly recommend this book. You learn as much about the political atmosphere and Civil War battles of the time, as you do about the assassination itself. The detail is amazing and I can only imagine the hours, months and years of research that went into such a detailed descriptive narrative of true history!
Bill's cadence gets too quick at times. He often narrated faster than I could absorb the content.
Little known facts
Booth preparing for the assasination
The mystery behind the story
Unique Perspective on the Lincoln Story
listened to it with my husband on a car trip---it was very enjoyable.
good history lesson
I enjoyed hearing Bill O'Reilly read it and didn't mind that he wasn't as polished as perhaps some
I enjoyed getting a closer glimpse of the man Lincoln and his impeccable character while struggling to keep a nation together during its darkest days.
Regardless of whether you agree with Bill O'Reilly's political views or not, this book has NOTHING to do with them. It is simply a good book on the assasination of Lincoln. It is well written and well performed (by Mr. O'Reilly himself, who is a good reader of his own material). Many will buy it or not buy it simply because it is written by Bill O'Reilly. Remember that he taught history long before he became a political pundit. This book is about history, not political views (except those in place during the Civil War). Even speculations of a conspiracy theory are presented as just that - speculation. I strongly recommend reading it.
This book took me there, it took me to that time and that place to watch the last days of Lincoln and thus America as it was... come to an end. Interesting side stories and follow ups on the many people that played a role in this amazing story. Many interesting and surprising details.
Well done Bill! Now, how about another!!!
We usually learn about events like this without much context. This book filled in a lot of information that I never knew. While I didn't do very well in History class, I now read a lot of historical books. The information and the storyline in Killing Lincoln were much more fascinating than the dry textbooks from my school days.
The pacing was very good, but I was very distracted by many words being mispronounced. The worst was cavalry, which he kept pronouncing as Calvary. It was so distracting that I kept losing track of what was going on. Doesn't he have anyone edit these recordings? I don't know whether any of the offending words were correct in print, but I would expect that they would have been caught by a good editor.
I listen to many books while I'm out walking or working in the yard. I would have given 5 stars for the content and the reading, but the mispronunciations were happening so frequently in the middle of the book that I was greatly agitated, and sometimes had to stop it and listen to music instead. Knowing what I know now, I would buy the book, but not the audiobook.