HighBridge Audio

Skip to Main Content »

Category Navigation:

Search Site

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Fiction: Historical Fiction
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/23/2019

AudioFile Earphones Winner
A Washington Post Bestseller
A Indie Next Pick
An Apple Books Best of the Month for April
A People Magazine Best Book of the Week

Courting Mr. Lincoln

A Novel

Available from major retailers or BUY FROM AMAZON
Audio CD ISBN:9781684571666
Digital Download ISBN:9781684571673


Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers a must-listen tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

Be the first to review this product
Email to a Friend

Product Description

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.


“Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard's outstanding historical fiction.” —AudioFile

"Courting Mr. Lincoln is written in the English of the time and narrators Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass read very well their characters' dialogue as full of accent, judgment, twang, frustration, energy and humor as humanly possible." —Sound Commentary

"Gilbert presents Mary with brio, her tone archly energetic and her voice skillfully modulating through various—mostly southern—accents, occasionally acquiring a patina of age when appropriate. Fass portrays the male half of the equation, and his ability to capture the “contrapuntal rhythm” of the men’s exchanges—particularly as they spin their well-rehearsed stories for rapt audiences—is both impressive and wholly engaging.” —Booklist

“Delightful . . . Readers will delight in Joshua and Mary, who provide unique reflections on a man who is deeply troubled about the path his country is on . . .This charming love story delicately reveals the emotional roller coaster of two inexperienced adults traversing the unknown realm of love while trying to meet the demands and expectations of society.” —Publishers Weekly

“[An] acute and passionate portrait . . . in Bayard's skilled hands, three complicated people groping toward a new phase in their lives is all the plot you need.” —Kirkus Starred Review

"With a richly imagined setting and complex characters . . . this [is] a worthy addition to the fiction about Lincoln bookshelf.” —Booklist

Author Bio

Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. He lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University.