The Story of Abraham Lincoln

Read by John Lieder

(4.5 stars; 431 reviews)

In this biography for young adults, Mary A. Hamilton gives a British person’s perspective on the 16th President of the United States. A glowing tribute to “Honest Abe”, the author traces Lincoln’s ancestral roots and recounts his birth in Kentucky, his youth in Indiana, his adult life in Illinois and his years in the White House. She also provides a good background on the causes and course of the American Civil War.

Hamilton is not always historically precise. For example, she erroneously names Jefferson Davis as the Southern Democratic candidate for president running against Lincoln and Douglas in 1860 rather than John C. Breckinridge. However, overall “The Story of Abraham Lincoln” is a good summarization and interesting account of the life, values and politics of Lincoln.

Cautions: Chapter 7 contains a single use of an epithet for African-Americans in a quotation from a British magazine. Chapter 8 ends with an example of a stereotypical Southern black dialect which many may find offensive. (Summary by John Lieder.)

(2 hr 36 min)


Boyhood 19:54 Read by John Lieder
The Young Backwoodsman 17:29 Read by John Lieder
Slavery 18:32 Read by John Lieder
Lincoln the Lawyer 17:47 Read by John Lieder
Defeat of the Little Giant 20:32 Read by John Lieder
The New President and Secession 15:11 Read by John Lieder
The War 19:59 Read by John Lieder
Victory 13:52 Read by John Lieder
"Oh Captain! My Captain" 13:09 Read by John Lieder


I was wrong

(5 stars)

Whenever i see racial issues in America, I always tell my 16 years old daughter that "I don't think Americans will be proud of their history". But this book changes everything. One man's struggle shaped the country and his life brought tears to my eyes. I am an Indo-canadian.

(0.5 stars)

if you like half truths and lying to children to make a man look good this is the book for you. how people do a bio while skipping everything bad they did is beyond me

It's a Fine, Fine read. Now I need to buy this book.

(5 stars)

Very misleading

(0.5 stars)

By excluding most of the important details of Abraham Lincoln's life the author leaves the reader, (mostly impressionable young children) with the modern customized interpretation of who Abraham Lincoln really was. Along with masking the major causes of the civil war while highlighting the minor issues. If we continue to kick under the rug some of the most vital aspects of our history simply because they are politically incorrect, then we cannot expect to have much of a future.

new found respect

(5 stars)

This was beyond interesting. I had no idea that Lincoln was so poor and he was never rich, and he didn't want to be. He was so simple and so strong, not just in strength but in character. I have a newfound respect him.He was a proud man who is possibly the most influential American President to date.

to You who strives for more

(5 stars)

learn of this man - of this ideal that he represented - and find comfort in knowing that your hardship and struggle will pay off, so long as you continue to tread this lonely road in good faith and for unselfish reasons

A good First step

(5 stars)

Now I am intrigued, to know more, to understand Mr. Lincoln more closely. This is a really nice narration voice is clear thought in chapter 5 or 6 sound quality is little down but overall a book with good content and quality.


(0.5 stars)

Absolutely horrible, the things that people claim as 'truth'. If you want to read a real history of this man or ANY historical figure, go to the lobrary and read only the older books that were written during the era in which the individual lived.