Who better to read her book than Carol herself? I found myself laughing out loud at some of her stories. It's worth it just to hear her reveal the evolution of the "tarzan yell". This isn't a long book but it's one I'm glad I have in my library.
While I wouldn't say this was a waste of time, I would say that the book was more about the life of Allan Pinkerton and the genesis of his detective agency than it was about the plot to murder Lincoln. In my opinion the title of this book is rather misleading.
Perhaps if the author would have focused more on the the veracity of the specific plot there would have been more energy in the book. There are too many details about Pinkerton and too many details about the politics of the time all trying to set the stage for this story--but then the story-line nevers quite develops. I'm disappointed because I enjoyed this authors mystery books so I expected more suspense.
I enjoyed his delivery of a sometimes bland narrative.
One thing that did intrigue me was the story of Kate Warren-who was the first female detective in the US. I began doing some research about her as I finished the book because I find her story rather compelling.
I really enjoyed listening to the interview with the author at the end of the book--although he initially sounds like he's reading from a script to answer the questions. It was curious to me that when he asked about his motiviation to write the book he mentioned that he was having lunch with mystery writing colleagues who suggested he write something about Kate Warren. Het never does tell how he got from Kate Warren to the plot to kill Lincoln which I found amusing...since he essentially does the same thing in this book. He talks about Pinkerton but never quite gets to the suspense of this murder plot.
The story is great and the narration by Mr. Hecht is enjoyable. My only complaint is that the editing was quite noticable due to a clear distinction in voices when ever something needed to be added or corrected. I found the voice over to be a bit distracting--but don't let that stop you from missting a good story.
A timely and thought-provoking book that looks not just at the events that led up to the shooting but also the aftermath for the victims, the families and the community and what has happened to them in the past 10 years. At times this was hard to listen to, not because of the reader (who was ok) but because the content was graphic in its detail. I work in the mental health field with children and adolescents and there is always something society can glean from a book written retrospectively. I have recommended this book to my staff and highly recommend it to audible members.
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