Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard audiobook

Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel

By Louis Bayard
Read by  Robert Fass  and Tavia Gilbert

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781616208479

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781684571666

  • ISBN: 9781684571666

Runtime: 13.47 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Washington Post bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A People Pick of the Week

An Indie Next List selection

When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's shortlist to be president. Rough and reticent, he's a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with a tireless interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma. "I can only hope," she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep."

It's not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield.

Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation's most beloved presidents.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A rich, fascinating and romantic union of fact and imagination about young Lincoln, the woman he would marry and his beloved best friend.” Newsday
“Suspenseful and revealing…It’s a tribute to Bayard’s entertaining novel that he has imagined a love story for Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln that embroiders the truth but that also fits perfectly with what we know about these very famous figures.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Bayard recounts their unlikely romance with the wit and keen observation of a latter-day Austen…This is a terrific novel, vivid in detail to satisfy lovers of historical fiction, and offering a taste of heaven to the literary.” Historical Novels Review
“Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard’s outstanding historical fiction…Gilbert’s attitude fits the smart, self-assured, determined Mary, and Fass’s portrayal of the debonair Speed is pitch-perfect…An inspired literary invention, superbly performed. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Louis Bayard

Author Bio: Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard is a critically acclaimed novelist, reviewer, and journalist who has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon.com, Ms., Nerve.com, and the Washington, D.C., City Paper. He is the author of The Pale Blue Eye and of Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book and one of People magazine’s ten best books of 2003. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his partner and two sons.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 13.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English