As a longtime devotee of Bill Bryson, I was hugely disappointed in this book. Mr. Bryson somehow left his sense of humor on the dock at Liverpool and returned to America expecting to be disappointed, disillused and dismayed. He was not disappointed. His journey throughout the heartland, south and west of the United States is related in condescending, humorless, and unforgiving fashion that leaves the reader wondering why he did not catch the next plane back to the UK. Predictably nothing he finds approaches the quality, charm, beauty or intelligence of the UK or Europe for that matter. It is an unhappy journey amongst people he finds it impossible to respect and through a land barren of charm or beauty. Worst of all, Mr. Bryson does not narrate this but it is done by Mr. Roberts who seems to turn even the slightest bit of humor into a long, cold look down his long English nose. I couldn't wait to finish this audiobok and would not recommend it to anyone not looking to bash the US at every turn.
This was a page turner and a murder mystery of the first rate. It is almost an hour by hour detail of what happened in the Lincoln murder. I was surprised at how broad the plot to kill the President was. The narrator and author left something to be desired. Mr. O;Reilly spoke so fast that I often had to rewind and listen again to get an important point. Painfully, he constantly used the word 'Calvary' (the hill upon which Jesus was crucified) when he should have used 'cavalry' (horse soldiers). At first, I thought I had misunderstood him, but as he consistently confused the terms I became initially, irritated and eventually, amused. He also mispronounces several other terms, e.g. carotid. Unfortunately, I ended up distracted by anticipation of his next malapropism.
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