What everyone else said is true, this is an excellent book. I do not listen to non-fiction, but my husband raved about the book. I read the reviews here and decided to take a chance. Glad I did. I was a kid when MLK was assasinated. I learned a lot about him and the event. And the story was masterfully told. I even enjoyed the narrator. Sometimes the author should leave narrating to the professionsal. But Mr. Sides did a nice job.
Fascinating tale of the assassin, the FBI's hunt for James Earl Ray and the FBI's hunt for Martin Luther King. I knew they had secretly recorded King but I didn't know Hoover hated King that much or the lengths to which he went to try to prove King was a communist or something. Hoover is a long dark chapter in our history, hope it doesn't repeat. Too much power given to an unelected, creepy guy.
As someone born in the 70s and not familiar with the manhunt for James Earl Ray, this was an excellent and eye-opening book. It keeps the listener attentive and eager for more. Excellent story and well worth the credit.
There's so much more to this story than I knew before. Sides has done a great service researching the minute detail of the weapons, places and people while the witnesses are still alive.
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know the whole story of the end of Martin Luther King's too short life.
I only wish the author who was so dedicated to the facts had spent more time trying to get into James Earl Ray's head and assessing motivation.
Great read. Don't pass this one up.
This book is way too tedious to hold one's attention, including too many details. The narration is very distracting, because the reader's phrasing is awkward, with pauses where they don't belong, and monotonous inflection. The writer chases many rabbit trails that have nothing to do with the stalking of Martin Luther King or the hunt for his assassin.
It was a good read, but left out facts. Maybe because he wanted to limit the size of the book?? It starts out following the trail of Eric S. Galt, the murderer of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The facts are loose, but the story is accurate to a point. Read by the author. Not a Summer read, but may be worth looking at if you only know MLK by the holiday.
This is a excellent book -- made even better by the author's narration (a claim I almost never make). The story is compelling and will hold your attention until the end. Even though I am familiar with the history of this period, I learned a great deal about the MLK assassination and its aftermath, especially the inner workings of the assassin. Well worth the listen.
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If you like history you will love this. I knew the story, but not the whole story. I really liked it.....!
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
Excellent narrative that is written like a mystery novel. Fabulously interesting as it details the days and months of James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, George Wallace and J. Edgar Hoover leading up to the murder of King and Ray's run to escape.
I could hardly stop listening long enough to go to work. This is one of the best history books I have encountered in years.
Read quite expertly by the author...good tone, very good vocal emphasis, good inflection.