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Abraham Lincoln Audiobook

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years

Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.

Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president.

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Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.

Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president. His extraordinary portrait brings fully to life the country lawyer who would become one of the most influential and beloved presidents of the American republic. Additional information about the author can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/carl.

©2002 Carl Sandburg (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A Lincoln whom no other man than Carl Sandburg could have given us." (Mark Van Doren, New York Herald Tribune Book Review)

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    Joseph 07-14-14
    Joseph 07-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "No Spoiler Alert"

    Yes, we all know how the story ends.

    But this significant book (44+hours) was well worth the listen. Carl Sandburg tells the story of Abraham Lincoln in a way that had me feeling like I knew the man. I learned the good, bad and completely unexpected about Mr. Lincoln, his beliefs, his relationships, his humour and the amazing times in which he lived.

    Arthur Morey was a wonderful narrator, balancing his delivery and dialects in a measured, respectful and, I thought, unbiased way.

    The ending was sad because it felt like I had lost a friend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    William 05-20-15
    William 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sandburg, the master wordsmith"
    What made the experience of listening to Abraham Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    Realizing the gravity of whom the biography was written and who wrote it; both giants in their place in our history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it revealed the common themes of our politics then and now. It also emphasized how close the Union came to dissolution.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Arthur Morey was steadfast - it was a long book - that he brought remarkable sound to the written words of Sanberg.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have a long commute and confess that I drove with wet eyes more than a few times.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Cottrell 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    I'll hardly be able to describe the immense work here but I loved this from start to finish. Thank you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bubba Smith Manassas, VA 11-01-15
    Bubba Smith Manassas, VA 11-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Highest marks"

    Can I give six stars to the story? Apart from Jesus himself there may not ever have been a more remarkable man than A. Lincoln.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    verita 07-11-15
    verita 07-11-15
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    "Fantastic story of an amazing man"

    Very long but worth it. A great, comprehensive look at Lincoln's formative and executive years. Ideally paired with Team of Rivals.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Charlotte, N.C. 04-21-14
    Jeff Charlotte, N.C. 04-21-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Listen to the Book, period!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln?

    All of it


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Great


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is The definitive history of Abraham Lincoln written as writers used to write and by a master. No matter how familiar you are with the life and times of Lincoln, listen to/read this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    christofor 03-09-16
    christofor 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "extremely informative"

    loved this book. I continually listen and learn more every time.definitely would recommend to all

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    Weston Buckhorn 03-12-16
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    "Bizarre pronunciations of common words"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is the only audio book of Carl Sandburg's six volume Pulitzer prize winner which I have read three times so I was compelled to buy it. The book is not on trial in my review, it is Arthur Morey. Is Mr. Morey an American? There were so many affected pronunciations that I suspected Morey learned the American dialect as a second language. How can anyone pronounce the name Rosecrans with three syllables? He says "Roze-ah-kranz" instead of "Roze-kranz" like he started to pronounce the name and had to stop in the middle of it, insert an "ah" before he remembered the last syllable. There are many more examples.
    Secondly, I suspect this book is abridged, not unabridged as advertised. I could not find the vignette about the blind soldier that Lincoln met in his carriage in Washington.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one character in a six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.


    Did Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a good job, professional but not top tier. His pronunciations (Englander?) are distracting but do not ruin the performance.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Carl Sandburg’s life?

    Nothing. I do not care about his wife's goats, his kiddie books, crappy guitar playing,lousy singing, and mediocre poetry; what did do was write a magnificent biography of Abraham Llincoln. He could of died after "The War Years" was published in 1939 as far as I am concerned. Well, he did write the poem "Chicago" but that was before the Lincoln biography.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could prove this book is abridged, but my copy of "The Prairie Years" and " The War Years" was ruined by flood.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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