Tracing the historic arc of Abraham Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young man in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews to the familiar Lincoln saga, seamlessly braiding Lincoln family members and military figures with a parade of fictional extras - wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, patriotic whores, and dying soldiers.
Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone 19th-century humor, and Lincoln's own letters and speeches, Jerome Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons - Robert, Willie, and Tad - is explored with penetrating psychological insight, utmost compassion, and the most ingenious novelistic license.
The narrator was a bit dry at first, but I got used to him and his characterizations. Hard to follow the early years of the story, but if got more interesting as the story developed into more mainstream historical knowledge.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The narrator does a pretty good job but the story line makes Lincoln out to be a filthy minded tramp.
Has I Am Abraham turned you off from other books in this genre?
I am afraid so, too hard to guess what could have been real and what has just been invented by the author.
Did Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
The narrator did pretty good differentiating between characters through voice intonation.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am Abraham?
There are too many scenes where sex is portrayed in a vulgar and coarse manner. The author seems to be obsessed with sex and farting.