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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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    Daniel Maumee, OH, United States 04-11-12
    Daniel Maumee, OH, United States 04-11-12
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    "History Made Interesting"
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    I learned some aspects about the Lincoln assassination which were previously unknow to me.


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

    The part I found most memorable was learning that Lincoln was supposed to have a bodyguard controlling egress to his booth at the Ford Theater and this duffus ended up taking off to indulge in some drinks at the bar next door. If he'd stayed at his post and resisted Booth's undeterred entrance to Lincoln's booth, the whole assassination attempt would have probably been foiled and the subsequent history would have taken a whole different path. That this clown went unpunished while all the southern conspirators ended up with a bullet through the throat or at the end of a rope (even Mary Surrott) makes one recognize that the idoicies of our current era are not necessarily any more ridiculous than the ones of 137 years ago.


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

    I've been a fan of Bill O'Reilly on Fox News'


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

    The fact that Linocln hung on as long as he did, and died the next day made his ultimate demise seem all the more moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Access to this audio book was a Christmas gift from my son. I've enjoyed having the opportunity to hear this particular book read by one of my favorite TV news commentators, so I want to thank my son for his generosity.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Bill O'Reilly Nailed this one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    The whole book. I thought I knew a lot about history but I learned something at almost every turn of the story!


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

    No. But I will now.


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

    The rest of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill did a great job of reading this!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 04-16-12
    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story of a man ahead of his time"
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Surprisingly Bill O'Reilly's enthusiasm for his text. One got a sense of tragedy for all the characters that were involved in this extremely brutal and messy affair. Difficult to envisage the brutality of the world at this time without such biographies or to understand the primitive nature of both politics and medicine. These conspiracies continue but one really hopes we have more consideration for mankind (which involves both the good and the bad in this a story). Then there was Kennedy. They did a better detective job with Lincoln's Assassination than his.


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

    The moment of assassination and the wind up of what happened to everyone.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. Maybe a bit journalistic but despite this he kept me enthralled by the evolving story - as a BRIT (in NZ) - much of which I did not know.


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

    If only.... but it was one I could not wait to get back to.


    Any additional comments?

    No, a great read. Worth every cent (penny!).

    10 of 10 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.

    6 of 6 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 Member Since 2016
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-08-12
    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Decent Book - Bad Narration"
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    O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy" was really good. This book was enjoyable but not as good.

    Unfortunately, O'Reilly became very annoying by using the word "cavalry" hundreds of times, but pronouncing it "calvary" every time. There were a few other quirks—like saying "century" when he meant "sentry" or mispronouncing "pandemonium"—but the confusion of Golgatha with a horse soldier happened every few seconds for the first two and a half hours of the book and became grating—like a person who says "nook-cyoo-ler" and then manages to use it in every sentence.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 04-14-12
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I LOVED this book"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, action, interesting

    This was an excellent book and it really did read as a thriller. I learned so much that I did not know. On the day of Lincoln's assassination, as I listened I could barely catch my breath. I thought, "This is crazy - I know exactly what happens?!?!?" but I couldn't help it - I was so entranced.

    I am not much of a history buff, but am literally counting the moments until the "Killing Kennedy" book comes out. This was phenomenal.


    5 of 5 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
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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.

    4 of 4 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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    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil
    11/24/16
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    "Bringing it to life."

    Not sure how much of the story is fiction but written in a style which always keeps you engaged.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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