Lincoln

A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 2)
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Series: Narratives of Empire, Book 2
Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal’s fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr; 1876; Washington, D.C.; Empire; and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite a disintegrating nation. 

Isolated in a ramshackle White House in the center of a proslavery city, Lincoln presides over a fragmenting government as Lee’s armies beat at the gates. In this profoundly moving novel, a work of epic proportions and intense human sympathy, Lincoln is observed by his loved ones and his rivals. The cast of characters is almost Dickensian: politicians, generals, White House aides, newspapermen, Northern and Southern conspirators, amiably evil bankers, and a wife slowly going mad. 

Vidal’s portrait of the president is at once intimate and monumental, stark and complex, drawn with the wit, grace, and authority of one of the great historical novelists.

©1984 by Gore Vidal. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Finally! Burr & Lincoln!

after years of continually checking - here they are and so worth the wait. I had read both, Burr multiple times. Vidal's historic fiction masterworks are equally brilliant on Audible. Lincoln particularly constructs the characters so vividly that I found myself talking back to them. Please Brilliance - 1876 next.

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Patience with Lincoln Pays Great Rewards

The genius and berth of Gore Vidal's knowledge is on full display with Lincoln. With meticulous detail, vivid imagination, and a eye towards the nuance of historical context, Vidal's Lincoln is a thick stew of storytelling that savors from the inauguration until our 12th President's final days in a way that simultaneously captures the highbrow dynamics of running the US executive branch (complete with the tensions of alternative points of view) and the underbelly of pro-slavery factions from the South.

Vidal's masterful treatment of this turning point in our nation is part lyrical imagination of how Lincoln thought and spoke, part historical context of emancipation, and part psychological expose of all the players of the time.

Narrator Grover Gardner handles the richness of characters brilliantly by modulating this voice according to who is speaking at any given point in the book. After a few hours of listening, one is completely able to determine the speaker, merely by the consistency of Gardner's voice work. His artistry enriches, not only the spoken word, by animates each of the characters in Vidal's extensive tome.

With some 30+ hours of listening, be patient and enjoy this historic novel in fits and starts. By the end, you will feel the pulse of America's history and gain an expert's understanding of Lincoln's Presidency all with an immersive expose that only Gore Vidal can provide.

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Good novel if you know the subject

The structure is brilliant ..we enter the story as Lincoln enters Washington under threat and in disguise... the threat deapens and the president is revealed through his appointments, his words and others’ diary entries.
The war comes and battles are variously highlited..showing war room reaction as they read telegrams... A brilliant history ...if you can piece it together .. a good novel with a character showing the Resistance and salted with autentic quotes.. even though it is packed with facts I would not recommend as an introduction to either Lincoln or the civil war.

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Feeling a little disappointed....

After reading and loving "Burr" I eagerly dove into this second volume but found this one lacking in the witty irreverence that I so loved in the Burr novel. While this is certainly solid fiction, there were times I felt the novel was tedious. The focus was heavily on Lincoln's relationship with his political rivals and aides and it just didn't interest me. I'm not so eager now to finish the rest of the serious which I have already purchased.

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very good

excellent read/listen. great follow up to Burr. can not wait to listen to the rest.

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OUTSTANDING

So interesting, entertaining and informative. Very complex man was President Lincoln. Highly recommend this book.

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a masterpiece

This is a great listen. Although it's long, it's worth every minute. Great story and great narration.

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Lincoln/Vidal/Gardner an excellent team

I am a 20-year Audible listener and this was my best experience to date. It is rare to find a combination of a subject one is fascinated with, a great writer, and a master performer.

While this was my first Vidal novel, I have spent many hours reading and listening to Lincoln biographies, reading and listening to Civil War non-fiction, and listening to Grover Gardner reading Civil War non-fiction. I think Gardner is an excellent narrator of non-fiction and now find he is a great performer of non-fiction. I found his portrayal of the different characters just what i would have expected.

I am very tempted to continue on with the "Narratives of Empire" series with Vidal/Gardner.

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Amazing and I suspect accurate

For Lincoln fans it’s hard to listen to such a human man; however, he always worked tirelessly for the entire USA. He was exceptional, yet imperfect, as we all are.

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enjoyable

This is great historical fiction. I enjoyed this book a great deal. The story moves along and Gardner is a terrific narrator. I didn't like Burr very much but this was terrific.

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Fascinating

I absolutely loved every minute of it! gore Vidal is a genius of the historical novel.