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Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House

Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House
Narrated by: Bobbie Frohman
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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No Southern Accent

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Elizabeth Keckley and her courage in writing the book

How could the performance have been better?

Please! The affected attempt at a Southern accent was REALLY annoying! Would have been a much better read in a different, less fake accent. I am Southern and it was very irritating. Narrator also too dramatic when the tone of the book didn't demand it

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

Yes, if I could.

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Well presented piece of first person history

The end section in defense of Mrs. Lincoln's actions after the President's death gets a bit bogged down, but it is still a fascinating presentation from behind the scenes.

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Interesting read, not a great reader

As a Lincoln fanatic, I loved the "insider information" of this book, which was entirely scandalous when it was first published. For that reason, I enjoyed the book.

That being said, I should have just read the book. I didn't care for the reader, and her strange accent was distracting. Everything was read in a tone of surprise, which wasn't fitting.

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VERY hard to get into this, very bad narration -

Couldn't the title owner have found both a black woman & a native Southern-dialect speaker? This is so poorly done that I can only hear the forced style of speaking instead of focusing on what's being said. Only a few words in each sentence are 'styled' as someone from the South would say them, but it's a very poor job done of those. I'm only an hour or so into this book, but think I may return it as it's just not what the description lead me to think I'd be hearing. (It reads more like YA) Don't waste your credit!!!

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Didn't want to stop listening!

Very interesting story. Narrator did a great job. I felt like I "knew" the characters by the end of the story.

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  • Phyllis
  • Naples, FL, United States
  • 03-23-18

Verified Insider View

These eye-witness anecdotes from inside the Lincoln White House are engaging. Researchers use this historically verified work as reference.

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Couldn’t stand listening any longer

I believe this is a very important story so I plan to buy the book rather than listen to it. The narrator’s attempt at a slave’s dialect was atrocious and I had to return my audible version. Thank goodness I had that option.

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Not Believable

What disappointed you about Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House?

Neither Mrs. Keckley or Mrs. Lincoln were particularly likable characters. Beyond that, much of the novel was flat out unbelievable. I also thought it romanticized slavery and painted a picture of tolerance and acceptance toward Blacks that was pure fairytale.

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

Not really

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Understanding

This was a fascinating memoir that sheds clarity on the freed woman dressmaker and her relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln. The narrator did a fabulous job. I felt like I was listening to Mrs Keckley very voice. Worth listening to

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terrible reader. book is slow, over used on word

what could have been said in 5 words took twenty. not a fan of this book or reader