April 1865

  • by Jay Winik
  • Narrated by Jay Winik
  • 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best seller from noted historian and acclaimed author Jay Winik forever changes common perceptions of the final month of the American Civil War.
April 1865 could have destroyed the nation. Instead it saved it. As April begins, the battered Confederate capital of Richmond falls to the Union Army. Robert E. Lee surrenders his forces to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox one week later. In good spirits and sensing the war's end, President Abraham Lincoln attends a comedic play - and is assassinated. Simultaneously, Secretary of State William Seward is brutally attacked but survives. Along with fears that remaining Confederate soldiers will break into guerrilla bands, these events threaten to plunge America into turmoil. But it is not to be.
Winik's engrossing narrative sweeps listeners along from one incredible moment to the next until, remarkably, peace is reached. A provocative and deeply researched account, this modern classic is a major reassessment of the 30 most pivotal days in United States history.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent re-interpretation of history, but...

What made the experience of listening to April 1865 the most enjoyable?

The interesting new perspective on the end of the Civil War and how decisions by a few individuals trapped in a tragic episode led to a better outcome long term.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many to name.

What does Jay Winik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I know he's the author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Winik is brilliant, and this book very enriching to anyone interested in the Civil War. It was, however, startling to hear him mispronounce Chickamauga as Chickamagua and Rosecrans as Rosencrans. And his description of the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth appeared to misplace the Mason Dixon Line. But these are quibbles.

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- Bruce Nichols

Fascinating and well woven

Would you listen to April 1865 again? Why?

Would like to hear another narrator. Almost gave up too soon.

What was one of the most memorable moments of April 1865?

The several decisions made against defying the peace agreements by going rogue and keeping the country in turmoil. Agreement to honor the peace, especially by the Swamp Fox, helped stabilize the country at a critical time.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Unfortunately for me, the narrator seemed too inexpressive, too monotone, too professorial. I turned it off and moved to something else - several something elses - for quite a time. Once I committed to listening continually, I got so interested in the unfolding of events that I finished it, captivated by the amazing twists and turns of personalities and outcomes.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You're not gonna believe this......

Any additional comments?

Too bad history is not taught like this in school. Maybe we'd learn something from it besides dates. This gives an appreciation for what it takes to overcome dissension and fix what's broken. If we survived this history, maybe we can survive the present day machinations if we can find enough people of good will in powerful places. I hope so.

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- tiggerfan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books