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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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    Curtis W. Hill Huntsville, AL 11-30-12
    Curtis W. Hill Huntsville, AL 11-30-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent account of a well-known historical event"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The book contained the well-known events associated with Lincoln and his assassination, but it did a great job setting the historical perspective of this highly charged period of time.


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    Joe Virginia Beach, VA, United States 11-29-12
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    "Very Good"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    reads like news


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

    Bill, Mr. O, come on big man! Add some EMOTION when you READ!!!!!!


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    Beverly HARRISVILLE, WV, United States 11-28-12
    Beverly HARRISVILLE, WV, United States 11-28-12
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    "Compelling narrative, couldn't wait to turn pages!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    The audio is not better, just a different atmosphere when listening to the story.


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

    Taking Lincoln out of the theater on a plank, of all things, and the horrible trip finding a location for doctors to care for him!


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

    His voice was clear and his enunciation distinct, exactly what's expected from him and needed for good audio!!


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    Jan Johnson Houston, TX United States 11-26-12
    Jan Johnson Houston, TX United States 11-26-12
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    "Great story. Uninspired reading."
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The titling of each chapter by date and time lend suspense to the story.


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

    The book is obviously well written, but it seems as if O'Reilly didn't prepare for the reading. Instead, it's like he's relaying some info from a newspaper - as in, "Hey - listen to this..." Very uninspired and uninspiring. There are many awkward pauses as he reads commas as periods and then picks up again - confusing.


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    Doug Alanson Michigan 11-26-12
    Doug Alanson Michigan 11-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "It's "Cavalry", not "Calvary"!"
    Any additional comments?

    This really was a good book - a concise, fact-filled telling of a story that we all know - and I found myself listening with rapt attention. But come on, Bill - if you mispronounce a word that's used hundreds of times maybe you shouldn't be narrating the book, ya know? I would recommend this book and I don't think anyone should keep from listening to it, but be prepared to be bothered occasionally when it happens. It's a shame, too - as I said, it really IS a good book ...

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    L Centennial, CO, United States 11-20-12
    L Centennial, CO, United States 11-20-12

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    "A 'No Spin' Review"

    This is an excellent companion for anyone planning to see Spielberg's "Lincoln" since they are both set near the end of the Civil War. They are complimentary to one another and are very informative. While I generally like Bill O'Reilly, he should not have narrated this. My "no spin" take is that he does an okay job, but his television voice simply doesn't compare to some of the better Audible narrators. The book deserves a more serious and historical tone.

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    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-19-12
    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! So full of new information and very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abe.


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

    It was natural and funny.


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

    I wish there was another one. I had to read Killing Kennedy immediately afterward and then I still wanted more. I love his writing style.


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    Carol Saint James, New York, United States 11-18-12
    Carol Saint James, New York, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "History Can Be Interesting"
    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way in the top 10


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

    Different from other books no comparison


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

    His voice and inflection was really good and easy to listen to an relate to


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

    When Lincoln gets shot the way it is depicted and the aftermath is excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Bill for showing us why you made a good History teacher

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    Charlie Laurel, DE, United States 11-13-12
    Charlie Laurel, DE, United States 11-13-12
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    "the audio version makes it so life-like :)"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    True history!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln...he just knew his days were numbered. BUT he pressed on, not for self but for God & country.


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

    No but I intend to.


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

    Lincoln's life was not for self, but for others.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't seem to go back to my saved bookmarks & make corrections or additions on a particular bookmark...w/o making a new bookmark. Any suggestions???

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    Ben Holladay, UT, United States 11-13-12
    Ben Holladay, UT, United States 11-13-12
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    "Great Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    By far, the most enjoyable part of this book was the narration by Bill. Great voice that keeps the reader engaged.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being a history buff and a profound admiration for our 16th president, I felt this book gave great detail into the man that was Abraham Lincoln. I also got a greater understanding of who Booth was and what led him to that fateful event that happened in Ford's theater.


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

    Whenever you get the experience of having the author narrate his own book, you get the chance to hear how it was meant to be read. Especially a voice such as O'Rilley has.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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