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Elizabeth

Eugene, OR, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (331)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall


    This was a natural after reading The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage. The story of the plotting of Lincoln's assassination, from the point of the assassin, and the ensuing account of his escape, 12 days on the lam, and eventual capture and death are told so well that it keeps the listener on the edge of his seat. The unwitting errors in navigation that led to Booth's capture make the reader realize just what a fluke it was that Booth was brought to justice, rather than disappearing into the deep South where he might have been hailed as a hero, rather than the cold-blooded killer that he was. On the flip side, the listener gains insight into the fact that Booth believed he was a patriot to a righteous cause, that of the lifestyle embraced by the South, and that his actions were justified. This is a "must listen" for any reader who enjoys American history or biography.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1210)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Some of the most valuable 42 hours I've ever spent"
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    I've read and listened to many biographies of George Washington, his wife, and other characters important to the Revolutionary War period with whom Washington had intimate and political dealings. This was absolutely the best and one of the most spellbinding books I've ever listened to. And the narrator did a superb job. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the man, anyone who loves to learn about the history of our country, and anyone who thinks they know quite a bit about General Washington. I learned a lot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nancy Moser
    • Narrated By Linda Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Nancy Moser, Christy Award-winning author of Mozart's Sister, distills the life of Martha Washington into a revealing first-person historical novel. As a financially secure widow who has felt death's sting six times, 26-year-old Martha determines not to remarry. And then into her life strides a heroic colonel, and she dares to love again. But soon she must envision an even greater dream than domestic bliss.

    Elizabeth says: "Engrossing!"
    "Engrossing!"
    Overall

    I will count this among the very best books I have listened to. It was completely engrossing, and I dreaded having to stop listening to finally go to sleep. It was a tender look at both Martha Washington's thoughts and actions in her personal life AND her husband's little-known private words and feelings. For the majority who never realized what an inspiration she was to her husband, and how great impact she had in his life and our country's history, it is a real eye-opener. I never knew of the private heartbreak that Martha Washington endured in her life, having lost every one of her children over time, and the many other loved ones in her life that died. It was so typical of the times in American life, though, that illnesses, injuries, and diseases that we now have treatments and cures for were life-threatening just 200 years ago. Her strength in the face of those many losses was really inspirational to me. She made a conscious choice more than once to rise above the socially acceptable response of grieving, taking to bed, and generally becoming depressed. Her service to others, her husband, family, friends, and total strangers was also keenly inspiring. Her life was consumed with hostessing, nursing, and nurturing, and the author did a superb job, as did the narrator, of capturing her for the listener. Bravo!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In 1974 the historian Fawn Brodie predicted that a "sensitive study of the Lincoln marriage will not always defy biographers". Until now, it has. The only book-length treatment of the marriage was published in 1953, when scholars lacked today's resources and were still struggling with deep-seated prejudices about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. Now Daniel Mark Epstein has produced an incisive and balanced portrait of the Lincolns.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    This was one of the most interesting books, full of historically accurate and intimate details, that I have ever "read." The lives of two individuals and their subsequent marriage, when the two people are as interesting in their own right as Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, is immediately engaging. Toward the end, this book brought back vivid memories of a childhood trip to Washington D.C. and our visit to Ford's theater and the boarding house bedroom in which President Lincoln lay dying. The intensely personal view of Mary and Abraham and their relationship was so well written and narrated that when I finished listening, I could not wait to learn more. I went online and researched multiple topics about the Lincolns, Abraham Lincoln's assasination, burial in Springfield, and the available accounts of those involved in the assassination conspiracy. Of course, my next listen was another Audible offering, "Manhunt", the breathtaking account of the 12 day hunt for John Wilkes Booth. I highly recommend The Lincolns:Portrait of a Marriage for readers who enjoy American history or any biographical works. It will leave the reader anxious to know anything more that he or she can find out about this complex couple.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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