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Killing Lincoln Audiobook

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

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Publisher's Summary

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega best-selling author Bill O'Reilly.

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt.

Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.

©2011 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you’ve read Killing Lincoln. Add historian to Bill O’Reilly’s already impressive résumé." (Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast)

"[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style." (New York Post)

"If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln." (Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek)

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    "A very well written account of Lincoln's last days."

    I was thoroughly impressed with the detailed structure and storyline of this historical chapter in our nation's history. It appears to based in facts, while painting a very human picture of many historical figures. I learned many details I had not known previously.

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    "Amazing account, you feel like you were there!"

    Loved it. Learned so many new facts. Told with such detail, that you feel like you are there witnessing the events.

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    bullthrower Ormond Beach, Florida United States 05-04-17
    bullthrower Ormond Beach, Florida United States 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent informative book"
    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    Bill O'Riley does a great job in trying together the different storylines of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Great


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    "Great history and narration "

    Great narration from Bill O'Reilly. His books provide great context that surrounds true historical events.

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    "great!!!"

    so much I didn't know. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bill Orieley hit the mark with this one!

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    Joe Metro Washington DC Area 02-03-17
    Joe Metro Washington DC Area 02-03-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story, Poor Narration"

    I am reading this book in parallel to listening to it, thanks to Whisper Sync. As I read, I enjoy the way the book is written, and learn a lot. Then I switch over to the audiobook.

    Yikes!

    Bill O'Reilly spreads like Captain Kirk meets my high school gym teacher. Very choppy (misplaced pauses and varying rates). He often ends a sentence with a dramatic increase in pitch (so it sounds like a question) or a dramatic lowering of pitch that sounds like a dying engine. And, naturally, much of it sounds like a radio announcer or sports caster.

    Do yourself a favor. READ the book, don't listen to it.

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    "Great book! Very interesting."

    I thought I knew the story of Lincolns assassination, but only knew the superficial details. There was so much more at work than just 'a crazy actor who killed the president.' My only complaint is that after a while Bill O'reilly's dictation and oral mannerisms grow a little wearily on the ears. I much preferred the narrator of his book "Killing the Rising Sun."

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    "Interesting, exciting, thought provoking"

    This book was an interesting read. The story is known yet so much more was revealed with plenty of thought provoking surprises. As a fan of Lincoln it did not disappoint.

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    Patrick 12-22-16
    Patrick 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mr Orielly must narrate all his books. Well done!"

    Mr Orielly must narrate all his books. Well done! Bill is very good at speech, annunciation, and using just the right tone that is ppropriately assigned to each and every word.

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    D. Levy Maryland, US 09-16-16
    D. Levy Maryland, US 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I thought I knew the history!"

    The history and back story of each significant
    person is presented in more detail than expected. I was surprised to learn about some of the relationships and personality markers of several of the people involved in assassination of President Lincoln. This attention to detail by the authors coupled with the "story" being presented in a timeline format allowed the listener to easily and accurately track with the details as they unfolded. Anyone who attended school in the US knows the historical record of this event, but this book brought this tragedy to life in a respectful yet vivid manner.
    I have read several reviews of this book criticizing the narration, I personally had no issue with the narration except for the repeated mispronunciation of the cavalry.

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    "Bringing it to life."

    Not sure how much of the story is fiction but written in a style which always keeps you engaged.

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  • David Richardson
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    "A bit disappointing"

    I got this title in to get some background anticipation of watching the Day-Lewis movie. It was rather disappointing though, certainly in the earliest parts of the book where a great deal of time seems to be spent discussing closing battles of the Civil War which are of tangential relevance at best to the assassination. The author also seems to have had unique access to Wilkes Booth's unexpressed thoughts - we are frequently told what the assassin was thinking or feeling without any obvious source material. The actual story of the assassination is reasonably well told but I suspect that there are better books out there.

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