In 2012, Ford Theater’s Centre for Education and Leadership in Washington, DC, constructed a 34-foot-tall pillar of 15,000 unique books. The subject of each one of these books was Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln literature mounts by the day, but few writers lived as close to the great man’s time and place as Brand Whitlock, whose slim volume, Abraham Lincoln, was published in 1908 and is here performed in a pleasingly straightforward manner by Jim Killavey.
Abraham Lincoln brims with quotations of Lincoln, works briskly through the major events of his life, and features the elegant prose prized in the early 20th century, as when Whitlock describes Lincoln as "slow to smite and swift to spare". Abraham Lincoln is a treat.
However, while the book is much smaller than the many tomes written about Lincoln, it does have the advantage of proximity. Whitlock was just a boy when Lincoln died but he grew up in Illinois and Ohio and heard many stories about Abraham Lincoln from people who actually knew him before and after he became president.
What did you like best about Abraham Lincoln? What did you like least?
The character of Lincoln builds and leaves you in awe of the mind.The delivery is very dry and choppy
Would you be willing to try another book from Brand Whitlock? Why or why not?
The book is about the person on the author hence not particularly
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Killavey?
James Earl Jones
Was Abraham Lincoln worth the listening time?
Yes time well spent
Any additional comments?
The key speeches are included but there start and end is hard to pick.