The Story of Abraham Lincoln

Read by John Lieder

(4.5 stars; 611 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.

Good insight

(4 stars)

A good book, short, well articulated with honest assessments and reports on the life of one of the greatest men in American history.

(5 stars)

Simple and brief and glowing overview of the life of Lincoln. I was entertained and learned a fair deal about this extraordinary and humble leader.


(5 stars)

John Leider is one of Librivox's best. thank you so much for using your talents on this encouraging story of a great man.

Very enjoyable

(5 stars)

An inspirational relating of Abraham Lincoln's life. Mary A Hamilton wrote it beautifully and John Lieder records it in a masterful way.

Thank you very much for this great book and your great effort

(5 stars)

Thank you very much.You made me love listening to more audiobooks

(4.5 stars)

A great account of a Great Man inspirational and extremely well read ! Thank you !


(5 stars)

I love Mary A Hamilton's books, even though they are so below my age range. I have read the one she wrote on Napoleon. She writes with the most plain and simple style that is so clear and concise, but still not boring or robotic. The reader did a fabulous job, thanks!