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Killing Lincoln Audiobook
Killing Lincoln
Written by: 
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Narrated by: 
Bill O'Reilly
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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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    Karen Saco, ME, United States 01-08-13
    Karen Saco, ME, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as I expected"
    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    Don't get me wrong. I love Bill O'Reilly as a comentator, but as the narrator of this book, he is a poor choice. Listening to him is like listening to his broadcasts: strident declarative sentences, sardonic tone, and inappropriate inflections. His narrative voice has a sharp edge that in my opinion detracted from the storytelling. And call me picky, but I grew increasingly irritated every time he mispronounced CAV-alry as CAL-very. It's a war story -- that word came up a LOT!

    In short, Bill should stick to broadcasting.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was introduced in the prologue as a thriller, but I really didn't find it thrilling at all. Interesting, yes, but nowhere near what it has been built up to be. This was not the best choice I've made at Audible. And I won't try "Killing Kennedy" because of my disappointment with this book.

    8 of 9 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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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story, Poor Performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. Bill O'Reilly narrates in his newscaster voice and it is a poor performance of an excellent story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of life at the end of the Civil War. Devastating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    O'Reilly is a wiseass, which is his trademark on TV. He uses his wiseass tone throughout the book. As a result, I did not finish the book. I had all of O'Reilly's voice I could stand way before I got to the end.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to hear the book narrated by a talented reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 11-09-13
    Joseph 11-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Spoiler Alert!"

    This is a familiar story told in a new and compelling way. I enjoyed learning more about the assassin, the plot, the accomplices, the motive and the implications.

    The “chronological count down” adds suspense to a story to which we already know the ending.

    As other reviews have mentioned, Mr. O’Reilly misread his own book. The Calvary / Cavalry mix up was bad for two reasons: first it was annoying, grating and distracted from the drama of the story. And secondly, because no one, not the author, narrator, editor, director nor publisher cared enough to correct the mistake. That is either lazy or a gross disregard for the audience.

    3 of 3 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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    "Nothing New Here"
    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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    Jan Barrett Chino Hills, CA USA 11-18-12
    Jan Barrett Chino Hills, CA USA 11-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "O'Reilly needs to let someone else do the talking"
    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this story -- great detail about an event that I didn't know I knew so little about. Good insight. Great character development.


    What didn’t you like about Bill O'Reilly’s performance?

    I did not like the narration by the author -- found his tone monotonous, would have preferred he let someone else do the reading.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Lebanon, Ohio, United States 10-15-12
    Connie Lebanon, Ohio, United States 10-15-12
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    "Disappointed in Bill O'Reilly"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Killing Kennedy and Bill O'Reilly's narration of it. But I could barely get through this. One of my big pet peeves in life is when someone mixes up Cavalry and Calvary and Bill O'Reilly does it about 1000 times in this book. I guess that makes him not a patriot but a pinhead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 10-05-12
    Dianne 10-05-12
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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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    Elizabeth Hicks Mount Prospect, IL United States 04-12-12
    Elizabeth Hicks Mount Prospect, IL United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "History brought to life."
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Back in time.


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

    The character depiction of Booth and Lincoln and Grant.


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

    General Grant


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very well written and performed by Bill O'Reilly and I would recommend it to all United States citizens.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • David Richardson
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    4/7/13
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    "A bit disappointing"

    I got this title in to get some background anticipation of watching the Day-Lewis movie. It was rather disappointing though, certainly in the earliest parts of the book where a great deal of time seems to be spent discussing closing battles of the Civil War which are of tangential relevance at best to the assassination. The author also seems to have had unique access to Wilkes Booth's unexpressed thoughts - we are frequently told what the assassin was thinking or feeling without any obvious source material. The actual story of the assassination is reasonably well told but I suspect that there are better books out there.

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