Abraham Lincoln: A Life

 

I’m delighted to report that my 82nd audiobook, Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Michael Burlingame, was published yesterday on Audible.com. As with all of my titles, if you would like a free review copy, send me a message and I’ll send you a promo code.

This book was published as a two volume set in 1988 and quickly became recognized as a definitive piece of Lincoln scholarship. It’s very well-written and accessible, so the author and his associate Jonathan White decided to abridge it from over a million words to 300,000. It’s still the longest audiobook I’ve ever narrated; it came out to 33 hours. I enjoyed every minute of it. It feels like this is the book I have learned my craft over the past ten years to do.

What a man. What a story. What a book.

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  1. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    Douglas Pratt: What a man. What a story. What a book. 

    … and what a narrator. You are very talented. I can’t wait to listen. Just in time for my long drive to Roanoke and back. 

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  2. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Chowderhead (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt: What a man. What a story. What a book.

    … and what a narrator. You are very talented. I can’t wait to listen. Just in time for my long drive to Roanoke and back.

    Thank you. Now that I have to compete with AI, that’s encouraging.

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  3. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    Looking forward to listening!

    Y’all take him up on this offer.

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  4. Caryn Thatcher
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    Congratulations!  Apparently the promo code only works on an existing Audible account, which I don’t have, so I’ll (sadly!) miss out.  I still prefer books in hard form, though the Audible idea appeals for road trips.  I just don’t take enough of them to make maintaining an account worthwhile.

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  5. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Caryn (View Comment):

    Congratulations! Apparently the promo code only works on an existing Audible account, which I don’t have, so I’ll (sadly!) miss out. I still prefer books in hard form, though the Audible idea appeals for road trips. I just don’t take enough of them to make maintaining an account worthwhile.

    It should work if you have an Amazon account. You have to use Audible’s app so it can set up a library. You can have an Audible account  without a subscription so you don’t pay for a monthly book. If you don’t want to install the Audible app let me know, and I’ll zip the MP3 files and get them to you via Dropbox. 

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  6. JoelB Member
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    I enjoyed the first three chapters of the book yesterday while doing some remodeling in my house. I thought it noteworthy that Lincoln’s early life was considered by the author to be not much better than that of the slaves that he later freed. As a minor, Abe’s father pulled him out of school and hired him out to others for many laborious jobs, keeping the money. It was all quite customary and legal then. Lincoln’s stepmother seems to have been an important part of his life, convincing his father to let him read and study at home and not just at school.

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  7. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Egad.  I just did something I rarely do, checking sales figures before the end of the month. In two weeks, Lincoln: A Life has sold 60 copies! That’s remarkable, especially for a book that costs over $20 a ‘la carte. 

    Thank you, everyone. 

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  8. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    I’m half way through. He just became president and Pinkerton warned him about an assassination attempt. 
    I worked for Pinkerton security in college. I got a lot of sleep.
    No such thing as a specialized lawyer back then. He did it all.

     

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  9. The Reticulator Member
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    Chowderhead (View Comment):
    I worked for Pinkerton security in college. I got a lot of sleep.

    Such calculus as I know I learned while at my desk as a Pinkerton guard. I also learned that one can fall asleep while standing or walking. I did each method once. Hitting the floor was a wake-up call.

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  10. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Pinkertons were folklore in the nineteenth century. I’m remembering a lot of details from the Sherlock Holmes novel, “The Valley of Fear,” where the hero, Birdy Edwards, was a Pinkerton operative. Especially since the book I’m currently working on is about charismatic religions in the 1800s. 

    Kind of wish they had taken him more seriously. Histories like these show how details that seem unimportant at the time can affect major changes. 

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