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Killing Lincoln Audiobook

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega best-selling author Bill O'Reilly.

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt.

Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.

©2011 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you’ve read Killing Lincoln. Add historian to Bill O’Reilly’s already impressive résumé." (Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast)

"[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style." (New York Post)

"If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln." (Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek)

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    claire SEBASTOPOL, CA, United States 04-10-12
    claire SEBASTOPOL, CA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Histroy comes alive"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Interesting, Complex


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

    The hours prior to and following his death


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He is a great storyteller. He provides facts when available and also highlights unanswered questions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    descriptions of battles and bloodshed


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Greensboro, NC, United States 03-31-12
    James Greensboro, NC, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Shocking Assassination That Changed America"

    While it's important for students to learn to read and evaluate critical commentary, "Each reader has a right-and even a responsibility-to form his or her own opinions, based on that reader's reading and understanding of a piece of literature, and to be able to support those opinions with solid reasons"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tahlequah, OK, United States 03-19-12
    Amazon Customer Tahlequah, OK, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Riveting! Kept me on the edge of my seat!"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The author did a wonderful job at drawing me into the sights, sounds and even the smells of these historic American days.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was told in way that made it unforgettable.


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    Hard to choose. Probably Abraham Lincoln.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For the most part, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear more historical accounts told with this quality of story-telling artistry!
    THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE MR. O'REILLY!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marge United States 03-12-12
    Marge United States 03-12-12
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    "New insite on the pre & post Lincoln assassination"
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Day to day events


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

    Capture of the assassins


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Timeline of Terror


    Any additional comments?

    Want to read more about Lincoln now

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 01-02-12
    Lee 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "History buff absolutely recommends Killing Lincoln"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have. For history fans it is seldom we get an accurate book that reads like a novel. There are some points of conjecture, rather than detract, they make the book better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable, rather, the character development of the historical figures was extremely well done. I learned something about each of them I did not know before.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Whenever the author reads his/her own book they provide emphasis where they intended it; if you will, O'Reilly adds depth to the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You thought you knew John Wilkes Booth?


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should figure out how to make the pictures from texts and non-fiction available to its listeners.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    mary United States 04-11-12
    mary United States 04-11-12
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    "A great history lesson!"
    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audible book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the whole conspiracy group


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to emphasize with emotion and yet narrate the truth


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

    no, just very interested in the history and bringing the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    Teach me more history Bill!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-26-12
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    "Thought O'Reilly educated until he read this."



    I so looked forward to hearing Bill O'Reilly read his own book. Then, listening to it, I was shocked that O'Reilly did not know how to read his own words.

    Again and again, whenever speaking about the Union or Confederate cavalries or any cavalry unit or officer, O'Reilly says “Calvary” instead.

    There was no such thing as the Union Calvary.

    There was no Confederate Calvary, either.

    This did not happen only once, or only a few times. There are countless references in the written work to cavalry engagements. And every single time we hear O’Reilly speak the word Calvary instead of cavalry.

    Isn't he supposed to be a history professor?

    Would you not expect a history professor to know that Calvary is a hill outside Jerusalem – famous for certain people said to have been crucified there by the Romans?

    Even if he were somehow miraculously ignorant of this, does he not know how to read English?

    The word cavalry starts with “cav” like cavity not “cal” like calendar. Duh.

    This was a continual irritant and distracting to say the least. How could you trust history written by any man who says Calvary instead of Cavalry?

    All that aside, was there not some producer or director — maybe even an audio tech working the booth while O’Reilly was at the microphone — to clue him in?

    Nobody said anything to him at the time? Really?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hays, KS, United States 11-18-12
    Robert Hays, KS, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2002
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although reasonably well written, there was nothing new or unique about the President, his assination, or events surrounding it. He included a lot of "filler" in the form of details of the final battles and events surrounding Lee's capitulation.
    O'Reilly narrated. Although he reads well, his mispronunciation of technical words was annoying. Most annoying was saying calvary when he should have said, cavalry. He's paid way to much to not know the difference.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Miracle in the Andes


    What three words best describe Bill O'Reilly’s voice?

    Pleasant, well-modulated, appealing


    What character would you cut from Killing Lincoln?

    The somewhat irrelevant details of the ending of the civil war.


    Any additional comments?

    Many authors make the mistake of thinking they are good narrators. O'Reilly is one of those.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Cape May, NJ, United States 10-05-12
    Dianne Cape May, NJ, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "It's "Cavalry," not "Calvary""
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    The day by day account the last battles of the Civil War and of Lincoln's movements as it corresponded with the action in the field of battle.


    What three words best describe Bill O'Reilly’s performance?

    Typically condescending tone


    Any additional comments?

    Bill O'Reilly repeatedly mispronounced the word "Cavalry," meaning "mounted soldiers", calling it "Calvary," "the place of Jesus' crucifixion." I found that very distracting, even though I enjoyed the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robson Designs 05-28-12

    I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!

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    I was a little skeptical about this book, even though I like Bill O'Reilly. I've never been too interested in history - in school it was all about memorizing dates and names. Bill really brings the details to life and I was drawn into the story. Very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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