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A powerful evocation of a dangerous, chaotic, and tragic time, Booth is the story of the most infamous assassination in our history, as well as a riveting portrait of an enigmatic figure who continues to haunt the American imagination. Narrated by the only surviving conspirator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, Booth tells the story of John Surratt, a young man who falls under the spell of the charismatic and captivating John Wilkes Booth, and is gradually sucked into the vortex of the world famous stage actor's insidious plans. The story opens in 1916, the last year of Surratt's life. Having spent the decades since Lincoln's death as an obscure shipping clerk, Surratt is approached by D.W. Griffith to read from his Civil War diary in conjunction with Griffith's movie Birth of a Nation. As Surratt begins to read over his diary for the first time in 50 years, the listener is cast back to the tumultuous days of 1864, and a chance encounter between Surratt and Booth. Booth, a larger-than-life personality whose appetites, fame, and sheer force of will bedazzle everyone around him, helps to secure Surratt a position as the assistant to renowned photographer Alexander Gardner. Over the following weeks, Booth continues to lavish attention on Surratt, slowly drawing him bit by bit into his web of intrigue. By the time Surratt discovers the desperate nature of Booth's true intentions, it is too late, and he finds himself caught up in a firestorm of violence that shatters forever his insulated life and modest ambitions.
©1997 David Robertson; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Virginia on 05-07-04

The best Audible purchase I've made in 2 years

This book is as captivating as any modern day thriller. The story is so compelling - such an exciting mix of truth and fiction - that I listened to the story while I searched the web for the facts of Lincoln's assassination. The author has not left out any details of this important event, and even knowing the outcome, will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Perfect for both the history buff and thriller reader.

Edward Hermann, Tony award-winning actor, provides perfect narration.

The only flaw to this book is the overly-dramatic music which is, thankfully, sporadic, but is distracting.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 04-11-11

Booth is a Disappointment

When I downloaded this, I thought I was downloading a historical account of John Surratt. Instead, what I discovered this to be is a Novel -- a fictional account of John Surratt reminiscing over his friendship with President Lincoln's assassin which wanders far from the actual truth.

My two-star rating is more a low rating of Audible, as they fail to alert the listener that this is a work of fiction rather than a work of historical value. BUYER BEWARE!

The character development is weak, although the storyline, as a Novel, is somewhat intriguing.

Edward Herrmann is, as always, extremely good.

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