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The Thackery Journal

By: John Holt
Narrated by: John J. Irwin
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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On the night of April 14th 1865, President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at the Ford Theatre, in Washington. A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head. He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without recovering consciousness. Was Booth a lone assassin? Or was he part of a wider conspiracy? A plot to replace Lincoln with General Ulysses S. Grant?

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The best story teller !

John Holt have taught me so much, truly he can take any subject and make out of it an excellent story.
History was the worst subject for me at school, if I got C- or even D I was happy.
Today I know that it’s all about the teacher, if John Holt was my history teacher I would have brought home an A easily, he makes everything so interesting it’s amazing.
Just from this one book I’ve learned so much about the American Civil War and enjoyed every moment of it.
They say that every generation have a great story teller, well John Holt is this generation story teller easily !
John J. Irwin was an excellent choice for narrating this audiobook.

Full heartedly recommend this audiobook for all.



In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

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As grains of sand through the fingers

A novel which sharply delineates the emotional horror and futility of war, especially a civil war which, by it's nature, separates friends and tears families apart. This is a fictional story but set in the very real period of the first half of 1860s - the American Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln.
On the day that he signed up to join the Confederate army, Jacob Thackery decides to keep a journal (the one in the title) of those important times, and the book opens with his distraught and elderly father rereading it as he had done so many times before. Through shifts in time and place, Jacob's tale unfolds, from the earliest beliefs in the righteousness of the cause to the final dramatic finale. Side by side with Jacob's account is also that of his lifelong best friend, Miles, who takes a different path, enlisting on the Union side, believing that the South can never win. Their stories are well interwoven. The sense of actually being there is good and both of the two main protagonists are well drawn.

The book is simply written and easy to read. The short sentences give a feel of immediacy and conversation feels natural. The book's reading is ably executed by John J Irwin, whose slow and careful narration adds additional gravitas, his voicings of the characters distinct but not performed. Overall, a good presentation, if slightly too slow for this reader (who increased the playback speed slightly to 1.25).

As well as being a good listen, this book has a feeling of profound truths. War is terrible, and rarely is it noble, or a just cause. Instead, it leaves "shattered dreams and shattered lives." Although a fictional account, too, it had the resonance of an historical account, detailed and with dates included. But more than that, it is an emotionally charged and gently powerful read. My thanks to the author, John Holt, who gifted me a complimentary copy of his book. This review is given voluntarily and briefly expresses my true feelings about The Thackery Journal. Recommended

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Great read for Civil War enthusiasts

This is an interesting story. It begins with an excerpt from President Lincoln's Gettysburg address, which sets the mood for the remainder of the story. My knowledge about the politics surrounding the civil war is minimal, so I was interested in the facts as they came out. Either the author is knowledgeable or did great research on the subject. To be honest, I did not much care for the reader. His reading was slow and dry for my taste. However, the recording quality was good. I feel I may have enjoyed reading the book as opposed to listening to it. I recommend this story to anyone who is interested in Civil War stories, most specifically the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. **I was gifted a free copy of the audio and asked to leave an honest opinion.

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A fair shot.

This wasn't for me I gave it fair shot. But couldn't finish it it isn't badly wrote or even poorly told. Just one of those audio book's you don't know if you're going to like it. So you give it a try. That's the good thing about everybody being different and having different views. What works for someone may not work for you. This won't stop me listening or trying different book's by this author.

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The Thackery Journal

This is not my normal kind of book. I’m not a big history buff or really like war books either but have to say I enjoyed this one. This has a nice journey through the civil war as well as a conspiracy theory for Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Definitely worth the listen for most people.

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The American Civil War and Lincoln's Assassination

The tale of two childhood friends who fight on opposite sides during the American Civil War. Plot and intrigue around Abraham Lincoln's assassination and a final page cliffhanger. This novel, very well narrated, has it all to keep the listener wanting more. I even learned some American history as a bonus.

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 14-01-19

A great story set in civil war era.

I really enjoyed the storyline and plot! the characters were well written and easy to visualise. The only part of this book that fell short for me was the narration. The narration was a bit dry and emotionless in my opinion, which is a pity soncecthe story was very well done. I would still reccomend it, especially to those with a love of history and the civil war era!

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 31-12-18

a civil war noval

the story was about the beginning of the war and The assassination of Abraham Lincoln. it told of greed, and pays off and treason. of government plotting the dead of president Lincoln . interesting account.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 11-06-19

Grabs your attention right from the beginning!

A poignant story of young, invincible men with thoughts of glory and honor for the South. It was April 1861 and they thought that this exciting adventure would all be over by Christmas. They find out that there ain't nothing good about a war!
Well-written! I was right there with the people of that era!

John J. Irwin did a great job bringing the characters to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 23-04-19

Historical Drama at Its Finest

The Thackery Journal tells the story of how the Civil War affected everyone who got involved and those who got caught in the middle. The story outlined the sacrifices made by the ordinary people who became soldiers and fought in the war in support for their beliefs.

I like how the story flowed and the unexpected twists and turns from beginning to end. It is not a happy-ending story, yet it helped me understand the importance of family and friendships especially so during a time of crisis - like a war.

For those who like historical dramas, this book is highly recommended. Though it is not entirely a true-to-life story, some parts are based on actual events. Though there are historical characters, the main ones are fictional. John Holt wrote a book with scenarios that seem so real that they make you feel like being right there in the middle of the action. You will cry with those who had suffered and lost. You will get excited with new twists that could probably have happened but were never documented. And you will wonder what will happen next and would continue to listen with the hope that Jacob and Miles will meet each other again and be friends once more.

John J Irwin, as the narrator is top-notch. His narration helped a lot in making this listening journey a memorable historical adventure for me.

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  • Holly
  • 11-03-19

Amazing!!!

This was absolutely amazing... The attention to details of the times, Military dates and positions were spot on! I have read many books about the Civil War and Lincoln's Assassination.. This was an interesting concept... and the conspiracies of the power players... I thoroughly enjoyed this book... The Narration was very good and the voice easily understood. (In fact, the voice sounds exactly like a good Friend of mine!) Kudos to the Author!!! I would love to hear more historical writings by Him. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book.... Thank You!

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  • Betababe
  • 11-12-18

Assassination

We are all aware of the drama of Booth's assassination of Lincoln following the Civil War, but unless one is a serious student thereof, a lot of the details are no more than outline points. This book is fiction and posits that one of the plotters kept a journal of his wartime activities. An engaging and rapidy-moving tale, extremely well-narrated by John J. Irwin.

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  • Claire
  • 25-10-18

Matched my expectations

I wasn't really sure about this book to begin with, I have to admit that the subject is not one that I find particularly interesting. I was worried that no matter how well it was written it wouldn't be able to draw me in.

It was definitely a challenge to get through the beginning of the book but it didn't take long before the pace picked up. It was a little bit long for me overall I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were shorter.

I did enjoy the book, I thought it was well written, the characters are well developed and interesting and there's enough action and storytelling mixed in with true events to make it both educational and entertaining. I did struggle to finish and I was relieved when it ended, that wasn't the fault of the book, that was my dis-interest with the American Civil War.

The narrator to do a great job with the tone and pace of the delivery and the character voices were clear and easy to tell apart.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 21-09-18

special

okay it's not my first book from this author and yes his other books are a bit different may be a lot different but I think this book was special I actually loved the story and the development it was very enjoyable and interesting a wonderful book

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  • Rayc
  • 22-05-18

A bit different

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.
The first 2 chapters I struggled with this book, but I persisted and found that very soon after it became an enthralling tale. Which I wished were longer.
It is written and narrated in the style of the time.
A great read which is a little bit different and throughly entertaining. Pleased I read it - Yes. Recomend it - Yes.

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 15-05-18

Thought Provoking÷!

Interesting, I'm not one for conspiracy theaorys , but it definitely makes you wonder if other forces were at work..
and possibly still are?