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Henry Ketcham wrote his reverential - but never cloying - biography of Abraham Lincoln in 1901, long after the 16th president of the United States was assassinated and even longer since Ketcham was promoted to brigadier general in the Union Army. And yet the human subject of this audiobook feels immediately present, admirably resurrected by the love of a writer.

Actor Brian Troxell has an extensive resume in film, television, and voice work. In his performance of The Life of Abraham Lincoln he takes listeners on a colorful journey from the president's impoverished childhood on the western frontier through the Civil War. Troxell has a lot of ground to cover, but he does so with style and vigor, further enlivening material that is already intimate and accessible to listeners.

Publisher's Summary

In his introduction to The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ketcham notes that there has been so much written about Lincoln that the legend has begun to obscure, if not to efface, the man. “In this biography the single purpose has been to present the living man with such distinctness of outline that the reader may have a sort of feeling of being acquainted with him.”

Ketcham’s clearly-written, unadorned account of Lincoln’s life achieves its stated purpose, never removing its focus from the man who became the 16th President of the United States and led the nation through some of its most turbulent and difficult times.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Charly
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 02-04-13

Good overview of Lincoln's life

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Good narration, well told overview of Lincoln's life. If you're looking to learn more about Lincoln, this is a good starting point to understand his life broadly, and from here you can decide what aspects of his life you want to study more.

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  • Melanie
  • San Luis Obispo, CA United States
  • 07-22-17

great book decent audio book

I got this book because I heard it's one of the classic books written as a biography of Lincoln closer to the time of Lincoln. it is a wonderful book without this 20th century disembodied historian with no opinion that tends to be in modern historical books. the author here loved Lincoln and speaks glowingly about him in the account. It is a wonderful story and if you know about Lincoln you probably won't learn too much new here. If you don't know about Lincoln it's an excellent primmer. the reader is good but not excellent.

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Pretty good

Well written and the way he makes points are well done. I've read many books on the assassination of Lincoln and this book gets a few facts wrong.

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Excellent book

Superb, efficient factual summary.

Highly recommend it for anyone who needs a factual introduction to his basic background.