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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Freedman Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739372562
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Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. Here is a warm, appealing biography of our Civil War president.

Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The audiobook’s final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.

Lincoln: A Photobiography concludes with an interview with the author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1988 Newbery Medal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/13/2014

    " Begins by talking about Lincoln's humble background. Talks about how Lincoln was a funny guy, but he also suffered from depression. Lincoln was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/8/2014

    " Won the Newbery. A great book for the history fan just learning about the American Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa Masterson | 1/18/2014

    " Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman is a childrens biography book. It sums up the legends about Lincoln and the true facts as well as his faults and all his contributions he had made. This book is written about someone who would definitely be interesting to a young reader especially if they are learning about the presidents of the United States. Children are always interested in the presidents so they would very much so like this book. The author presents Lincolon as a very authentic man. It may be hard for a young reader to identify with him because of all of his contributions he had made. The children would really like it but find him hard to relate to due to all the event that had taken place in his life. The information was very authentic and accurate. There is real photographs from that time period included throughout the text. There are excerpts from his speeches, drawings, and cartoons included as well. Everything in the book including all of the phots and illustrations are very authentic. This book has some hard words that some young readers would have trouble with. The writing style is clear and can maintain the readers' attention well. The text flows and there is always new information being introduced. I thought this was a really good book for a young reader. It is different from other biographies because it is a photobiography which children would find interesting and fun so it would be a great tool for the classroom. I grew professionally from reading this book because I now have a greater understanding about Lincoln that I can present to my students when learning about the presidents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/8/2014

    " The beginning is great. It was appealing and interesting. I thought it dragged on towards the end, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tausha | 11/29/2013

    " This is a fantastic book about Abraham Lincoln. I learned so many neat little details about him. Teachers could use this book to teach their students several things about Abraham Lincoln and keep them engaged and excited about history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/31/2013

    " Great book if your child ever has to do a paper on Abraham Lincoln. Lots of info, pictures and still quite an easy and an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Kondritz | 10/23/2013

    " This nonfiction book won a newbery honor. I've read it before, but brought it in with a collection of books for my 8th graders who are reading literature (and non-fiction) set in the Civil War period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 10/8/2013

    " If I recall correctly, I read this in the fifth grade. I selected this one as my biography. Enough text for a youngster, but most of the tale is told through the pictures and captions. Again: if I recall correctly.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 10/6/2013

    " Probably the best nonfiction book for children/young adults I have read to date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 7/1/2013

    " Really well done. I thought, given it's a Newbery, it might be over-simplified or that the language would be dumbed-down but I was very pleasantly surprised. It made me appreciate Lincoln so much more for his accomplishments, adversity and integrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 5/10/2012

    " I thought this biography beautifully designed and written for its targeted age group. Engaging, informative, great job of summarizing the politics of the time. Plenty of photos, political cartoons etc. break up the text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 12/24/2011

    " Awesome, inspiring! I always knew I liked Lincoln. Now I remember why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/13/2011

    " Any book that entices someone to read it, is a book I want in my classroom library. The photos are really interesting for which so much can be talked about. The captions only make you want to read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha | 7/21/2011

    " A simple picture book that tells a story of the Abraham Licoln. The pictures are awesome for not only much discussion through photo analysis but also to have students connect a name with a face, aside from the traditional presidential pictures "

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

    " A very approachable biography of Lincoln's life. I enjoyed the read and think adults and teens would benefit from reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/14/2011

    " Another great biography by this author. I think Freedman writes in a way that really gives you a feel for the person. Simple enough for kids, and informative enough that adults can learn something too. "

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

    " 1988 Newberry Medal winner. It was a great, age appropriate biography of a great president. The pictures are amazing for the time period. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 4/7/2011

    " Gag. This man was not perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R | 3/13/2011

    " The title pretty much says it all. Are you at all interested in Abraham Lincoln? I don't even have to sell you this book. THE TITLE DOES THE WORK FOR ME. I do think the phrase "photobiography" is a bit misleading. I was expecting, like, five thousand times more photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denni | 3/1/2011

    " I enjoyed the book very much- so did my dad. He read the whole thing during their last visit. I've always been a fan of Lincoln...and picture books. Great book for the age group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 2/24/2011

    " Loved this book!!!! I always knew that Lincoln was considered a "simple" man, but I think he was simple in an extraordinary way! Great book, great pictures, all around great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 2/18/2011

    " This book gives vast information on the life of Abraham Lincoln. It shows how he was a great president to some people and a bad president to other people. I like how it gives a lot of information on his child hood even though nobody knew him when he was a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/5/2011

    " As a future teacher, I recommend this book to everyone! It was an inspiring biography, and you can have a lot of discussion about the pictures. If you do buy the book though, try and get it hardcover. I got the book from the bookstore paperback and the cover already came off. Excellent read! "

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About the Author
Author Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman is the distinguished recipient of the Newbery Medal, several Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award for his body of work. His many nonfiction titles include The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights and Children of the Great Depression. He travels widely to research his books but he makes his home in New York City.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime. His audiobook narrations have won multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards as well as a coveted Audie Award.