I Am Abraham

A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (14.57 hours)
Product Number: Z100101251
Released: Aug 10, 2015
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ISBN: #9781629232720
Narrator/s: Arthur Morey
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Tracing the historic arc of Abraham Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young man in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews to the familiar Lincoln saga, seamlessly braiding Lincoln family members and military figures with a parade of fictional extras - wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, patriotic whores, and dying soldiers. Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln's own letters and speeches, Jerome Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons - Robert, Willie, and Tad - is explored with penetrating psychological insight, utmost compassion, and the most ingenious novelistic license.

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Author(s): Jerome Charyn
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

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I Am Abraham
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Product Number:DD11665
Product Number:Z100101251

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Author(s): Jerome Charyn
Narrator(s): Arthur Morey
Product Number DD11665
Released: Feb 03, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781629232706

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"This historical novel may challenge the listenerÕs notions of Lincoln as the somber, wise statesman. Written entirely from a first-person perspective, the audiobook relies heavily on Arthur MoreyÕs interpretation of the imaginative narrative. Even in his early days as a traveling Illinois lawyer with designs on the prettiest belle in Kentucky, MoreyÕs Lincoln is both crass and witty. MoreyÕs steadfast pace throughout the almost lyrical account of LincolnÕs presidential campaign provides a sense of LincolnÕs mule-like commitment to integrity. Especially touching is the undercurrent of cynicism and melancholy that Lincoln tries to overcome, particularly during the Civil War years. Morey allows us to glimpse the Lincoln familyÕs horrifying mental illnesses without pity, as we imagine the president himself would have done. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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