Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Richard Carwardine

Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2009

Duration: 15 hours 24 minutes


As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. This extraordinary biography by one of the most highly regarded historians on the subject examines Lincoln both as a rising politician and as president.

While pursuing office, Lincoln drew strength from public opinion and from the machinery of his party. As a wartime president, he recognized the limits as well as the possibilities of power. In his struggle to end slavery, he found allies in the churches, their humanitarian agencies, and the volunteer Union Army.In illuminating the political talents that went hand in hand with a large and serious moral purpose, Carwardine gives us a fresh, important portrait of the incomparable Abraham Lincoln.

"Carwardine's Lincoln Prize-winning study is not only analytical and smart, it's also delightfully readable-and it will surely emerge as one of the most important Lincoln books to be published this decade."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • Anonymous

    I too have loved listening to historical novels and was so excited to get this book on CD. After the 1st CD I was so very disappointed, but thought, well, maybe it gets better as it goes... Nope! It is not well organized, jumping from one time to another, has no thought going from one topic to another and is truly BORING! I gave up about 3/4's of the way through the second CD and wonder if the fact that the audio volume was edited, because it went from barely audio to deafening every time he "tried to imitate Lincoln's voice". Very disappointed.

  • S. Lightfoot

    I love history and am very interested in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, however, this book was impossible to follow and almost put me to sleep...while driving! No one should be desperate enough to listen to this.

  • Claire Reishman

    This book is thorough, interesting, well written, and thought provoking. At times the prose is a little stilted but the information is well presented and the book well worth reading.

  • Jason Woodard

    This book had far too much detail for me. It dove extremely deep into the political happenings of Lincolns time, spending tons of time talking about this bill and this vote. I am a big fan of Lincoln, but I could not stay interested in this book. I didn't make it through the entire book.

  • Anonymous

    I could not stand the reader so after one disc I sent it back

  • Rhonda

    I am a huge Lincoln buff, and I have read and enjoyed most books on the subject of our 16th president. However, I couldn't get into this one, the delivery was a bit stale, sort of text book-ish.

  • Anonymous

    An okay "read." The subtitle could have been: "The Influence of Religion on the Rise of Abraham Lincoln". Warning: this book is for the serious history buff - it is not of the pop culture variety.

  • Paul Burnore

    The book is excellent and the reader is outstanding. First, the book does a great job following themes in Lincoln's political and personal life with ample quotes from other sources. Second, the narrator effectively takes on the "accent" and "intonation" of the characters who are quoted, with Lincoln being a consistent voice and easily identified.

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