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3.00017563222803 out of 53.00017563222803 out of 53.00017563222803 out of 53.00017563222803 out of 53.00017563222803 out of 5 3.00 (20,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill O’Reilly, Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Narrator: Bill O’Reilly, Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781427213136
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The events surrounding the assassination of one of the most influential presidents the United States has ever had unfold in this heart-stopping, historical rendition by political commentator and acclaimed author Bill O'Reilly. The Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever audiobook will take you back in time to an America that was in the beginning stages of healing following the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln has just presented his terms for the surrender of General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate armies. The plan is to once again come together as "One Nation Under God", as the Confederate soldiers return to their status as Americans. Lincoln has won the Civil War, and his plans for the abolishment of slavery have come to pass.

However, there are still those who fail to concede to the leadership of this great president. Instead, John Wilkes Booth, accompanied by a group of like-minded assassins, plan and properly execute the murder of President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. Booth immediately becomes the most wanted man in America, and it takes the skills and expertise of New York detective Lafayette C. Baker to track him down. The question is, how many people will have to die to bring this murderer and his band of accomplices to justice?

Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor", and best-selling author, presents his first historical work in Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever. His other works include Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot and a host of others. His television show has been the number one watched news show on cable for years. Bill received his education in history and journalism from some of the best schools in the country, including Harvard. He prides himself on being a man committed to the truth, without compromises. Bill has spent a great deal of time on the New York Time's Best Seller's List, and we're proud to offer his books in our audiobook store.

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Newsman O'Reilly...gives us a great dramatic reading. The book resonates like a novel, an adventure story...Pacing is everything; O'Reilly is good at it. AudioFile

  • In this fast-paced, enthralling narrative that unfolds more like a true-crime thriller than scholarly analysis, O'Reilly and Dugard offer an account of the events that led up to, surrounded, and unfolded in the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination...O'Reilly's sonorous tone and flair for the dramatic add tremendously to the work's theatrical value. Library Journal, starred review
  • This short audiobook is like a crash course on one of the pivotal moments in our nation's history...Bill O'Reilly, of The O'Reilly Factor, is an animated reader, as you might expect. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • 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 a must read historical thriller. Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington, DC, on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read. Vince Flynn, author of American Assassin
  • If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln. Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek
  • [Killing Lincoln] delivers a taut, action-packed narrative with cliff-hangers aplenty... The Christian Science Monitor
  • [Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style. New York Post

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Chris | 4/21/2016

    " Historically accurate, thought provoking, intriguing "listen". Loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Mcculloch | 2/17/2014

    " This book was recommended by my father in law, and I truly enjoyed it. It did however make me realize how I need to brush up on my history. I thought it was very well written, and kept my interest. Regardless of how you feel about the author, I think it is worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannan Clevenger | 2/15/2014

    " Very engaging book !!! It was as if I was there .... Definitely recommend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Place | 2/4/2014

    " I am a history buff, plus I am fascinated by the Civil War, so I thought this book would give me more than it did. However, I did enjoy the style of the writer in concise tabloid manner and it did keep me turning pages.It is well worth reading. There are insights into the American psyche at the time which help us understand how this event impacted our history today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 2/2/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the life of Abraham Lincoln and the events that preceeded his death. Love the insights into our founding father and our country at this time as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Muranko | 2/1/2014

    " Although Bill isn't my favorite to watch he certainly writes a riveting book. I could not put this down. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida Cutler | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book-I've always been fascinated with the presidents and first ladies. There were many interesting facts which I never heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Powers | 1/15/2014

    " As a history buff who has read many books on Civil War and Lincoln, I found this one a little light, but it has succeeded in getting Americans to read history - for that it is a success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/14/2014

    " I liked it because of the historical details, but I found it to be a repeat of Manhunt by James Swanson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra LeValley | 1/9/2014

    " It was like reading a murder mystery. I could not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalise | 1/4/2014

    " I thought that this was a great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/28/2013

    " Exciting book with a lot of great detail. If you enjoy the Lincoln era, you will enjoy this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Molloy | 12/27/2013

    " A great read! The book truly got into the personalities involved, leaving this feeling more like a murder mystery than a history novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 12/27/2013

    " This book was very interesting. The title tells you what it is about. You know the outcome but it is so interesting how everything unfolds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrilee | 12/19/2013

    " Very Interesting,a different view of our civl war President. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie | 12/12/2013

    " Wow! Drew me in from page 1. What a humble, self-less man. What a sad, tragic marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/11/2013

    " Great look into the lives of Civil War heroes and villains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Colmone | 11/26/2013

    " Definitely a 4 1/2star! Did not enjoy the first section where the battles were discussed, but I loved the rest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Wagner | 9/26/2013

    " Very quick read, wishing though that I would have gone with killing Lincoln instead. Wondering what I missed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia Welch | 8/2/2013

    " Love this book!!! Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta & | 7/10/2013

    " This book was very interesting and detailed. It gave me a greater insight into Lincoln's life especially his relationship with his wife and the challenges they had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Reed | 5/30/2013

    " This was a very interesting book. I am glad that I read it. I bought it for my daughter because she wanted to read. She went to Washington, D. C. and went on a walking tour of Lincoln. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Lysaght | 5/18/2013

    " I love learning history and O'Rielly's way of writing makes one feel like they are reading a novel, even though this text can be used in schools. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aly Lawson | 4/1/2013

    " If you've studied Lincoln like every other school kid or seen the movie like every other Oscar nod OCD sufferer, it still tells you new things. Takes several chapters to get into it, but it soon reads like the novel many of us want nonfiction to be. (The TV depiction should be interesting.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Charlton | 3/22/2013

    " I liked this book better than the Kennedy one. Maybe because it was less familiar. Interesting history of our country following the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tinsun | 3/14/2013

    " Great book!! Very interesting and detailed! Would highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Hudson | 3/9/2013

    " Gripping! This was the first nonfiction book that I couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Bendes | 2/17/2013

    " Very good and held my attention! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/20/2013

    " Brilliant account of Lincoln's last months alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Sheets | 7/8/2012

    " Not as easy a read as Killing Kennedy but I think it is because there are so many more people involved. A very good read. I was amazed at the number of folks who went insane later in life. Mary gets the bad rap, but there were a bunch more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Pierce | 4/22/2012

    " Loved this book. I didn't think I would like it but the way it was written kept me intrigued and interested to the very end. I have passed it along to other friends "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/21/2012

    " I enjoyed this book very much. The writing style was great and kept things interesting throughout. Great book for History lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia Geldhof | 2/1/2012

    " Very interesting and well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/7/2011

    " I'm not a huge O'Reilly fan these days but I thought this was well done. A lot of things I didn't know. I listened to the audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 11/6/2011

    " Facinating account of Lincoln and Booth's lives set in story format. My guess is that Martin Dugard did most of the work on this book. I wish the publisher had put his name a little bigger on the cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra | 11/5/2011

    " Interesting read---I really enjoyed it, and I don't usually read history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/3/2011

    " Really good. Explores the last 16 days of Lincolns life and what was happening in the war and with Booth. Loved the setup and was not the typical history book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/2/2011

    " The writing was not that great, but the events and characters were well researched. It was a total surprise to see just how complex and involved this assassination conspiracy was, so I was happy that I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/2/2011

    " Excellent in the beginning. Lost depth after the assassination but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 10/28/2011

    " For the most part, an easy read. Learned a little more about what was going on in Washington and nation at this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/28/2011

    " The big picture with fantastic detail of our country during that horrible time. Would recommend to anyone who has even a casual interest in history. "

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About the Author
Author Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly has presided over FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor—the highest-rated news program on cable—for more than thirteen years and has won three Emmy Awards. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABC News and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.

About the Narrator
Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.