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Lincoln in the Bardo

Saunders, George, 1958- narrator. Book on CD - 2017 BOCD Fiction, Adult BOCD / Fiction / Historical / Saunders, George 2 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.2 out of 5

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Read by the author and various readers.
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.


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Unique audiobook submitted by kirterry on August 24, 2017, 2:02pm This audiobook can be confusing at first with so many voices, but it is fun to pick out recognizable actors among the cast of 166. The story is ultimately endearing and covers universal themes and concerns.

highs and lows submitted by camelsamba on June 30, 2019, 10:17pm There were aspects of this I enjoyed, and aspects that I did not. I enjoyed the last half more than the first. I listened to the audiobook, which is read/performed by a giant cast (the credits were 5 or 6 minutes long!). You come to recognize the main characters by the voices; many of the 100+ people are reading the newspaper accounts and diary entries and such. To be honest, I didn't realize there were so many of them; it wasn't confusing for me once I realized what was going on.

One mundane aspect: to hear the contemporaneous accounts of certain events that are described quite differently (e.g "the moon was full" yet also "there was no moon"), and to hear the quotes of people lambasting Lincoln for things that we now hold in high esteem. I mean I get it, the country was divided, political opposition will always take such a form, but wow - it was stark. Especially in the context of the main drama, Willie Lincoln's illness and death.

More profound: contemplating the nature of life, and death, and the afterlife - soul and spirit and the spark that makes someone who they are. As someone grieving a recent loss, certain chapters really spoke to me (I listened to chapters 74 and 92 many times).

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New York, NY : distributed by Recorded Books, [2017]
Year Published: 2017
Description: 6 audio discs (450 minutes) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language: English
Format: Book on CD


Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Fiction.
Presidents -- United States -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.