Fates and Traitors

A Novel of John Wilkes Booth
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 16 hrs
4.4 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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The New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence. The world would not look upon his like again.

John Wilkes Booth - driven son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, whose misguided quest to avenge the vanquished Confederacy led him to commit one of the most notorious acts in the annals of America - has been the subject of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession. Though in his plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, Booth did not act alone - "I am determined to be a villain," he tragically prophesized on the occasion of his acclaimed 1862 New York City debut in the role of Richard III - he is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, devoid of human connection. Yet four women were integral in the life of this unquiet American: Mary Ann, the mother he revered above all but country; his sister and confidante, Asia; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator's daughter who loved him; and the Confederate widow Mary Surratt, to whom he entrusted the secrets of his vengeful wrath.

In Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth, New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini renders for the first time as fiction the compelling interplay between these pivotal actors - some willing, others unwitting - who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation.

©2016 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • 05-25-17

Not as good as her others, but glad I listened

This is not as good as Chiaverini's other novels, but I still enjoyed it. During the second half of the book, it skips around a lot for other people's perspectives. I found this hard to keep track of and had even thought I had accidentally skipped over to another one of her books. It was interesting, but disjointed toward the end.

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Read more like Wikipedia than a novel?

I struggled to get through this one. Unfortunately it became a list of important dates and read alot like a high school history book.