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Killing Lincoln Audiobook

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever Audiobook

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. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....
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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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    RMiller 02-16-12
    RMiller 02-16-12
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    "The Bill O'Reilly mispronunciations"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    I will be looking for other books by Martin Dugard, but it's not likely that I will try anything else narrated by Bill O'Reilly.


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

    It's unfortunate that this important story was ruined by O'Reilly's narration. Someone should have told Bill that he was consistently mispronouncing the word “cavalry”. It seems like a small issue at first, but the man says “CAL-vary” dozens, perhaps hundreds of times. It shifts your focus, waiting for him to get it right just once.


    Was Killing Lincoln worth the listening time?

    This is a very interesting story about an important event in American history, well worth the time.


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    Ann M. 02-16-12
    Ann M. 02-16-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    ANYONE WHO WATCHES SHOCK-JOCK NEWS REPORTING 24/7 WILL ENJOY THIS READ DUE TO THE TOTAL ABSENCE OF FACTUAL SUBSTANTIATION OF THE NUMEROUS SWEEPING STATEMENTS AND CONCLUSIONS WHICH RIDDLE THIS BOOK. IF YOU WANT TO SERIOUSLY UNDERSTAND THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE ASSASSINATION, THE EVENT, AND THE HUNT FOR THE CONSPIRATORS, THEN READ 'MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN;S KILLER' BY JAMES L SWANSON (2006). A GREAT READ.


    What was most disappointing about Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard ’s story?

    THE SENSATIONAL PROSE


    How could the performance have been better?

    THE BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN HANDED OVER TO A REAL EDITOR TO KNOCK OUT THE 21ST CENTURY-TV NEWS-STYLE PROSE


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    IT MADE ME APPRECIATE 'MANHUNT' EVEN MORE THAN I DID WHEN I FIRST READ IT


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    Amazon Customer Dayton, Ohio, United States 02-02-12
    Amazon Customer Dayton, Ohio, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    I have both read this book and listened to the audio version. Listening to it really brought it to life. Bill O'Reilly is an excellent narrator. His timing and inflections made the words really pop. My 14-year old grandson is reading/listening to it now for a book report. He has learned more about the Civil War and the people involved than in any other book he has read. He is a history buff himself and the insights he has gleaned from


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

    O'Reilly's narration of Lincoln himself was great. I felt the character of the man better than I had ever before.


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

    I think the book's tag line says it all,


    Any additional comments?

    This book brought the conspirators to life for me. They had just been names and faces before. Not just Booth, but the others as well. This is history as it should be taught, the people were real, not just cardboard figures in some dry, dusty volume found hidden in the back corner of the library.

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    Tawrin WORCESTER, MA, United States 01-24-12
    Tawrin WORCESTER, MA, United States 01-24-12

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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't answer this question because I didn't read the print verson.


    What other book might you compare Killing Lincoln to and why?

    I couldn't compare this book to another, it is unique in its own version.


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

    I have not listened to other Bill O'Reilly performances before. I have read the reviews of others and a lot of people criticized Bill O'Reilly's performance, however, I think he did a great job. I have listened to many other audiobooks and some narrators can be bland, but O'Reilly really did a good job.


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction, but the book and the narration had me coming back for me. At the end of the book, I believed that the story was well done and I commend the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first time really learning about the history of this conspiracy so I was really drawn to the story. This might be different from someone who has more knowledge in the area, but I thought that story was well done.

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    Rgl1951 01-18-12
    Rgl1951 01-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    Other than the silly number of chapters some being no more than a few pages this is one of the best books I've ever read.


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    James United States 01-17-12
    James United States 01-17-12
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    "Fantastic review of Lincoln's assassination."
    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    It would take at least two listenings to absorb all the myriad of details outlined in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't have a favorite yet. Would have to listen again.

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

    Again, just finished listening. A second time around might pinpoint one out.


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

    Couldn't put it down from page 1. Was particularly amazed at the detail of research that went into this book.


    Any additional comments?

    O'Reilly's narration was outstanding. Didn't realize until I turned it on that he was the narrator. Voice was crisp and clear. I could hear all the syllables and consonants. Great job.

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    Clyde College Station, TX, United States 01-17-12
    Clyde College Station, TX, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Things they don't teach you in school"
    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    Yes. I find I always miss something the first time through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was written like it was a thriller instead of history, and that made for easy listening.


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

    He seemed to know what he was talking about.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this even to those who don't find history interesting.

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    Sandra 01-16-12
    Sandra 01-16-12
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    "Brings History Alive"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. It is amazing that Lincoln was dedicated to keeping the country together.


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    Jackie S. Florida 01-16-12
    Jackie S. Florida 01-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    The audio version by Bill O'Reilly was a great story. I thought that he did a very good job delivering the story. His tone and tempo was just right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is interesting to me that I did not know a lot about the story of Lincolns assassination and hearing all of that detail and behind the scenes information really brought the story to life.


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

    The best part of O'Reilly's reading was the way he was able to move the story along. His tone and tempo was even and contributed to the story line. I have heard other audible books where the readers voice was so annoying that it detracted from the story.


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

    I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting. It kept me on edge with each chapter. Although I


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    Jack HENDERSON, NV, United States 01-16-12
    Jack HENDERSON, NV, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    yes. Exciting book


    What did you like best about this story?

    fast paced


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

    booth


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

    you thought you knew Lincoln


    Any additional comments?

    A few factual errors but a great book

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