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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,043

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Could not listen to it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Would you try another book from George Saunders and/or the narrators?

Probably not.

Has Lincoln in the Bardo turned you off from other books in this genre?

I don't think this book even belongs to a genre. Too avant garde.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

The narration of multiple voices was the least of the problems.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion.

Any additional comments?

This book was too bizarre and hard to follow. I gave it two hours and deleted it.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful