I'd say it's in the top 10 and I've listened to over 50 books in the last four years.
Being transported into a world that I've only just learned about in history class.
Lincoln of course.
Great book, O'Reilly makes Lincoln real. I'm not in love with O'Reilly's politics or any mainstream media personality. HOWEVER, I love a good story and I love history. You get both with this. There was load of history in this book that was never taught in school.
I absolutely loved this book and have listened to it twice now. It is so packed with information that I learned different things even as I listened to it the second time. Bill O'Reilly really has a knack for bringing history to life, and his voice lends a special touch to the book as he can read it the way it was meant to be heard. I think the book is very well done and paints a very wonderful picture of Lincoln, bringing him to life in a special way. It also tells you a lot about John Wilkes Booth as well as his motivations and history. At the end of the book you find yourself hoping in a way that he won't do it. Then you find yourself sad as if you had no idea what was coming as O'Reilly makes it seem as if it's happening right in front of you. I highly recommend this book!
I was completely captured by the story. Of course I already knew Lincoln was killed by John Wilks Booth. But still, not being a history buff, I felt completely educated by it. The audio reading of the book makes it all the more compelling.
Bill, the word 'cavalry' must have been used 150 times in this book! It is pronounced cav-al-ree! CALVARY is the place of Jesus Christ's crucifixion! 'Century' is a time period of 100 years. 'Sentry' is a guard. Were there no diction coaches to help you? These were just the obvious of numerous distractions.
What I like about this book: Shedding light on an important chapter in history is worthwhile and engaging.
What I liked least was the narration. O'Reilley read this story like the evening news, almost off hand and detached. But the thing that irritated me most was his constant mispronunciation of the word CAVALRY. He consistently read the word as CALVARY. I can't understand how someone who seems to be articulate could repeatedly commit this major league error. It was so irritating that it really detracted from the whole performance. So much that you may want to simply read the book instead of listening to this. It was absolutely painful to hear. A huge disappointment.
The subject matter, and the characters.
Almost anyone else would have done a better job.
This was a great story about one the very best Presidents. It goes very quickly. At times, Bill tells it as though he is trying to getting everything on TV. Quickly. Still, this is an outstanding book and well done. Performance. Shouldn't have been 4 3/4 stars.
Probably wouldn't listen again, but I might read the book.
Day of the assassination Or the meeting between Grant and Lee.
Not much. A professional audiobook performer would have been so riveting. Bill O'Reilly's style is a bit distracting and odd emphasis on words and phrases.
Not sure I'd ever have time to listen to a book in one sitting. Seriously, who has that kind of time?
Mentioned before, but I would love to have a professional perform this book. It would be so much better.