I really enjoyed the performance. The reader's voice was very well suited to the book. I appreciated that Gerald Blaine wrote the book in third person. I feel that it flowed better as a third person narrative than it would have in first person.
I liked the personal anecdotes about President Kennedy and his detail. I liked the story about Agent Hill's interview with Mike Wallace. I found the video on the internet, and I found that the version penned by Gerald Blaine was quite descriptive.
Great voice! I think Mr. Sklar added a lot to the experience for me.
I was very disturbed by the descriptions of the assassination. It was more than just the gruesome detail. It was more that I had grown to love President Kennedy in the chapters leading up to the assassination. Seeing JFK from the perspective of the men who regretted that they did not and could not give their lives for him gave me an appreciation for the loss that the nation felt. I actually felt the shock described of seeing a friend alive and talking one minute and seeing his head blown open the next. This country lost a great man that day in Dallas. I hope to never experience that loss in my life-time.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
No, it isn't a re listen for me because I feel completely up to date on all the details of this tragedy in my youth of American History. I was a pregnant young wife of 3 1/2 years with a 17 month old toddler and a war I didn't understand when I witnessed this event on television from behind my ironing board while watching the soaps. Very little has shocked me worse except 9/11. I was interested to compare my feelings with now, hearing the details of the book, from my memories of the actual event. But, no I would not listen again.
Yes, unfortunately there are fewer of us who always remember where we were when we heard the President had been shot and then the lull until we heard he had died. I think they would learn a lot about how sophisticated my generation was about detail and how over worked and underpaid the people were that had all the responsibility for the safety of the President and all his family. It was a strange time and many have no idea how bizarre those days were.
I would never have been able to just read this book. I wouldn't have been able to stay interested during the parts I had little interest in. I could have been much more satisfied with less detail. It was over long but glad I listened to it. Alan was easy to listen too.
Devoted, determined, dangerous!
The human side of the Secret Service men and their trauma of the assassination of JFK.
SO sweet and tender, their pain and sorrow drips on each page. And FINALLY straight from the horses mouth their OWN account of their failure to protect the President and how a lone gun man succeeded to killing JFK in Dallas. Finally the conspiracy theories are debunked.
The early days of them getting to know the Kennedy's and the children were precious.
The interview with 60 Minutes of Jerry Baine and Mike Wallace was so powerful.
Very good. His deep voice was wonderful to listen to. He was genuine and tender as well as agressive and tough.
Going to get the paperback to share with my book club.
Stick it out! This book was a little confusing at first, but stick with it, it will make since in the end.
A riveting and intimate account of what it was like to protect the president during this era, but defiled by the glaring, festering sore that is Part 2/Chapter 11, in which Blaine whines ad nauseum about how unfair it is that much of America questioned the Warren Report, and put forth their own theories about what may have happened behind-the-scenes, however implausible.
Blaine's indignant protests paint an image that he and his fellow agents were nearly perfect by every measure, that being a Secret Service agent was the most difficult and important occupation in the free world, that they have suffered more than any other individuals in the aftermath of the assassination, and that we should be thinking about their sacrifices every waking moment of our days, nearly fifty years later.
Don't get me wrong…I'm certain that being an agent on the presidential detail is a difficult and thankless task much of the time, but inserting such blatant appeals for personal exoneration and validation into an otherwise fascinating listen is inexcusable.
After several interesting and introspective chapters about Clint Hill, Blaine seizes the epilogue (Part 2/Chapter 14) to repeat his holier-than-thou rant against conspiracy theorists, beats the drum of his thoughts on current targets, threats, and motives, and then appears to go so far as to lecture the current administration, Secret Service leadership, and public about the best approaches, mindsets and policies under which to protect to protect the president, as well as other public figures (who are clearly NOT the president).
I also thought that the notion of a largely autobiographical work (yes, it is blatantly autobiographical) written from the third-person point of view to be really bizarre.
I would only recommend this audio book to people whom I know well (history buffs, perhaps), and only with the above caveats about the content and tone of chapters 11 and 14 (of Part 2).
Very detailed and personal view of the horrible day in Dallas. Interesting but not much new information for those who have closely followed the news and reports. Can't help but feel renewed pain for all those involved - even the traumatized members of the Secret Service.
the story took you on a roller-coaster ride. There were the ups and alot of downs, yet you could still laugh. The writer and reader made it so you could also relate to the story now ( for those who were not born yet) :).
Blaine and Hill where my favorites. I laughed and cried for them and well at them.
After the assasination the story really comes to life. You feel the pain the men felt afterwards. You wanted to know what happened to them after they left the Secret Service, and how it changed there lives. You become so involved with the book you feel as if you lived it with the characters.
Some people simply can't accept the truth. Gerald Blaine does a remarkable job telling the agent's stories.
The details in the book were great. I recommend it for its historical value. The narration was not my favorite. :-( It just didn't work for me. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't my style. I would recommend the book overall :-) I recently read "11-22-63" by Stephen King and this was a welcome companion to it. The details in King's book were very accurate. I feel for these secret service men and their families.
Not a mainstream reader.
This is a harsh review and after watching the outstanding mini series, "The Kennedys (2011)", I wanted to read this book. I respect the subject matter and the accuracy of what happened in Dallas and JFK and the men that serve for our president. It was an interesting read from Secret Service prospective, but it lacks on evidence of who was blame on Kennedy's assassination. In someways, this book was a bunch of excuses from Secret Service Agents of not doing their jobs. Overworked, too hard, no family, lack in pay, and too much, but the assassination happened on their watch.
I think, that the agents were too emotionally close with the president and first lady, and maybe their judgement were impair because of it. When the first lady walked in her husband's funeral procession, the agents should had step in for the safety of the nation, if not the world, to protect our country's greatest asset at the time.
I am hard on this book because we probably lost one of our great leaders, due to resources and the lack of detail.
It's a shame that JFK wasn't able to complete his term. Less than 5 years after his death, his brother, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. I understand that Secret Service Agents wasn't require to be there to protect his brother, but JFK's assassination should had been a text book on what to look out for to protect our leaders. Robert's death should had been avoided from the fatal shot in 1963, but yet, they learned nothing and see another leader die.