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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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    Warren Smith 10-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    I expect a good book from Billy O, and he did not let me down. This was writen and read as a noval, not just a historic read. Great research as you would expect from O'Reilly.

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    stone artist 10-12-11

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    "Finally, truthful history!!!"

    Killing Lincoln is an excellent book. It reads like a novel, but it follows facts that most of us have never known. Because of the intrigue of finding out all of those secrets, it's hard to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in US History or in Lincoln. It follows events that brought it all together, much like any such incident in this world today. Having been given facts, "Booth killed Lincoln in the Ford Theatre while he and his wife were watching a play. Booth jumps off the balconey where Lincoln sat and broke his leg." History book information minimized the President and the plot to kill him, this book makes it a real event that we do need to know about. History is always written by those who win. We need to re-write history to cover the facts and the truth! Bill O'Reilly does the read well, in his usual style, which is pleasant but factful. Good BooK!!!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquie 10-29-11
    Jacquie 10-29-11

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    "Horrible narration, misleading title"

    O'Reilly reads like it's a race - really fast with no inflections. I've gotten 2 1/2 hours into it (1/3 of the book) and we're still going over battles of the civil war, details about strategies and how generals were killed. Very, very little about the key leaders in the assassination with the exception that Booth was at the 2nd inauguration and that he had sex with his fiancee. I am very, very disappointed so far and don't know if it's worth continuing, which is sad, because I am very interested in this topic --- if only O'Reilly was as well!!!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Downsville, Louisiana, United States 12-24-11
    Jennifer Downsville, Louisiana, United States 12-24-11
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    "Excellent book. Recommend it highly."
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Historically factual and I just could not stop listening. I would recommend this book to anyone at any age. A thrilling, informative and engaging book. This book will be one of your most interesting reads.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! I thought Bill O'Reilly did an excellent job reading the book on the audio version.


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

    The inflection in his voice at all the right places. His voice is easy to listen to.


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

    A thrilling adventure into history.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to his next historical book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 12-16-11
    Cindy 12-16-11
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    "Lincoln comes to life"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was like stepping back in history and being there and observing all that happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Great job! I love learning history this way....write another one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 12-13-11
    John United States 12-13-11
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    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    This is a fascinating and historical account of Lincoln's assassination. It is told in a novel-like approach, but the historical documentation makes it live!


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

    Booth's arrogance as an artist and his deception as a


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    In my view, it would have been better read by someone other than the other. While I have heard O'Reilly on his program many times, I was a bit disappointed by the reading. Perhaps, authors should not read their own works.


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

    While I wish that I had had the time to listen to the book in one sitting, I specifically bought the audible version so that I could listen during my many hours of drive time in L.A. traffic.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book and a worthwhile

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Jacksonville, NC, United States 12-13-11
    Christine Jacksonville, NC, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Very excellent listen


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

    His no-nonsense


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

    Yes, but there were too many to list


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the great authoring, Bill O'Reilly

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lpb 12-12-11
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    "Exciting story"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The time line connecting people and events made it very enjoyable..


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

    I think he did an excellent job of presenting the story and his tying events and people together made the story very interesting.


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

    There were to many to mention. I listened to this book in one day and thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Lincoln, his death and the events that took place the last few weeks of his life.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Pompe Oquawka, IL 12-12-11
    Charles Pompe Oquawka, IL 12-12-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Amazing listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook. It flows well and provided lots of history on Abe and family that we never read about in our history books. Mr. OReilly kept it very interesting and I like the way he reads his audios.


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

    The details after Lincolns death.


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

    Once we got started we wanted to be able to finish it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Newark, DE, United States 12-08-11
    Richard Newark, DE, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Overview of Lincoln's Final Days"

    As a certified High School Social Studies teacher I found this thoroughly satisfying. If I were still teaching History I would use this book in my class.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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