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4.24785714285714 out of 54.24785714285714 out of 54.24785714285714 out of 54.24785714285714 out of 54.24785714285714 out of 5 4.25 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James L. Swanson Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545164528
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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

FORMAT: 3 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: Will Patton

Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL: Features fascinating facts from this time in history!
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Quotes & Awards

  • “In focusing on Booth, the author reveals the depth of divisions in the nation just after the war, the disorder within the government and the challenges ahead. Abundant period photographs and documents enhance the book's immediacy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The subject matter remains intrinsically fascinating, however, and Swanson’s colorful account will hold readers’ interest throughout.” 

    Booklist

  • “Readers will be engrossed by the almost hour-by-hour search and by the many people who encountered the killer as he tried to escape. It is a tale of intrigue and an engrossing mystery.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Patton's character voices are distinctive. While he injects characters with a good amount of personality to engage younger listeners, he does not over-inflate them in such a way as to alienate more mature listeners.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/19/2014

    " This is a nonfiction book that reads like fiction; it is so intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook. This was a quick non fiction novel, but I really enjoyed the narrator of the audiobook. I think he really helped make the subject even more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. Miles | 1/31/2014

    " Almost everybody knows about Abraham Lincoln's assassination, not very many people know about the 12-day manhunt that followed. That is what this book is about. Not the best book to read for fun, but is fairly enjoyable. I would not read this book as a thriller or for enjoyment, but instead for knowledge. (I read it for my middle school book project). It has tons of information on just the 12 days of the John Wilkes Booth manhunt, never skipping a detail, right down to how Samuel Mudd felt about Booth, and what Booth's dying words were. Swanson wasn't telling a lie or half-truth about the very numerous original sources either. I found very many newspaper articles and other original sources. Chasing Lincoln's Killer is the best book for young adults and preteens wishing to gain information of the John Wilkes Booth manhunt. This is a very great book for knowledge, although I wouldn't necessarily read it for fun, as I would a fiction novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/27/2014

    " It's very informing and is teaching me so many things I hadn't known! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Sanford | 1/20/2014

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamlynn | 11/22/2013

    " Fascinating book. Not for the queasy though. Very graphic details of injuries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckenzie Tuttle | 11/17/2013

    " This book helps provide wonderful insights into the assassination of Lincoln. You also get to understand Booth's point and how he planned this horrific act out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 11/9/2013

    " An interesting nonfiction read for young (and old)adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/29/2013

    " Nicely done. Makes Lincoln a real person to me- not just a historical "legend." Never knew Booth's story... Great for boys in the classroom... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/19/2013

    " I blame Sondheim for my fascination with Assassins, so this book was right up my alley. Enthralling, informative, and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 6/16/2013

    " I just read this with my son for his non-fiction book report. Wonderfully written. I knew a lot about the actual event but nothing about the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Additeenlibrarian | 12/16/2012

    " What a great book! Swanson takes the events directly leading up to, during, and following President Lincoln's assassination and cuts them down to an action-packed, tense thriller. I couldn't put it down - even though I already knew the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 11/25/2012

    " oooo this book was great!! I read it with my 5th grade reading group and we all thought it was fantastic. Great read - exciting, fascinating, historical...i loved it. I can't wait to read "Manhunt." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abrar 709 | 11/9/2012

    " i think that the book really brings out the anger and passion that booth had for lincoln "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 8/5/2012

    " So much stuff i had no idea about! not just about the killing but everyting involved before and after the event. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexi | 4/4/2012

    " Wow, learned lots. Felt like you were reading a newspaper account and you were back in that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 2/16/2012

    " I loved this book.It was history made to seem like fiction.:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/22/2011

    " This was an engaging read. I enjoyed the detailed journey from the days just before Lincoln was assassinated to the death of John Wilkes Booth. This is a book aimed at 14 to 17 year olds, but it had enough history to appeal to an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/19/2011

    " writing wasn't up to 4 stars, but the content was. I learned quite a few things I hadn't known. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/18/2011

    " Another historical thriller about the government's pursuit of John Wilkes booth. Well-researched, reads very quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 5/13/2011

    " The book is what it says it is--and Booth's story is pretty remarkable. Reads quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny | 5/12/2011

    " Good quick read. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 5/12/2011

    " An exciting read. Full of insights into the crazed period after Lincoln's assassination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 5/10/2011

    " The tale of the chase for John Wilkes Booth, all backed by the historical undercurrent of the time. A strong narrative with context: It's everything non-fiction should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kacy | 5/5/2011

    " Absolutely riveting. Could not put this one down. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in civil war era history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 5/5/2011

    " Great Book. This should be a movie, page tuner at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 5/2/2011

    " I liked the book a lot, especially because it can be used so well in the classroom! It is full of pictures of artifacts from the time period. All of the text is taken from letters, interviews, etc. Well worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/30/2011

    " This was a great read. It's history that anyone can read because Swanson just pulls you through and keeps the hunt moving and it never feels like a heavy history text. I learned a lot and left ready to learn more! "

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About the Author
Author James L. Swanson

James L. Swanson is the Edgar Award–winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. His other books include the acclaimed photographic history Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, as well as Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, and adaptations of Manhunt and Bloody Crimes for young readers. Swanson was born on Lincoln’s birthday.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.