This is not my usual genre but I loved this book. The story is enchanting in a creepy kind of way. I could not wait to see what happened next.
The book is read by the author. I must admit, the writer is always my favorite reader. It didn't feel like Neil Gaiman was reading a book, it felt like he was telling me a story. Sometimes I wanted to say "and then what?" It kept me on the edge of my seat.
As a fan of both Bill and Willie Geist, I enjoyed this look at their family. Their humor is somewhat bawdy at times but the stories seemed real and were definitely entertaining. It is a very quick and lighthearted glimpse into the relationship between father and son.
I loved this book! I learned so much about the world in the WWI time period. It's very interesting to see how the different factions all around the world drew each other into the first world war.
I found the characters and their stories easy to follow even though this is definitely a book of epic proportions.
Killing Lincoln tells not just the story of John Wilkes Booth and his plan to kill Lincoln. It paints a broad picture of America in the last days of the Civil War. Mr. O'Reilly does a brilliant job of tying together the main characters on both sides of the war and those who plotted to, not only assassinate Lincoln, but cause anarchy in post-Civil War America.
The story of the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward was especially well told. Prior to this I only knew of his role in the acquisition of Alaska. I did not know of the attack on him and his family that occurred at the same time that Lincoln was shot.
Overall, I liked Mr. O'Reilly's performance. He did a good job of dramatizing what could have been a very dry history lesson. But, I did have a hard time separating his reading of this book from his television persona.
The multiple tragedies of Mary Lincoln's life was a thread that ran throughout the background of this story. The reader is reminded over and over of how many sad and tragic events she survived.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in American History and the Civil War era. I was particularly interested to learn that John Wilkes Booth's action to assassinate President Lincoln actually made post-war restoration much more difficult on the South than it would have been had Lincoln remained in the Presidency.
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