No, their right wing agenda blind them to the truth..
No just Bill O'Reilly's
Ignored the fact that the back of Kennedy's head was blown off. Not even a mention of the possibility of anyone except Oswald.
I had hoped for an even handed evaluation of the material, thus disappointment.
"Some people say" Bill O'Reilly is in the pocket of the Industrial Military Complex, the people who nearly bankrupted USA with their Wars & Policy's, & it started with the murder of Kennedy.
This starts with some review of Kennedy in the Pacific. and moves to the Kennedy Legacy including the shady Joseph Kennedy and his legacy to his sons. They HAD to suceed. John Kennedy is a handsome well educated man with an drive for SEX and politics in that order. His claim he gets "headaches" if he does not have SEX every day is pretty much repeated throughout the audio. The Private life of Kennedy and Jackie is told in very good detail including the affairs and down and uptimes in the White House. It covers the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missle Crisis. What makes this different and gives US the BEST look at the shooter~~~ Lee Harvey Oswald. His life including time in Russia and communist leanings. As the enchanted look into absolute power of Kennedy and he shining appearance of President who at best was very ill and hid it. The secret service has the excuse covering up in every way for Kennedy is in this book is mostly financial. This moves along very fast because Bill OReilly is a fast talker and reader. This book never drags at all. The details are clear and lead to the final fate of the death of Kennedy and the events leading up and beyond that day in Dallas. I GIVE THIS 5 STAR FOR STORY ~ READER AND OVER ALL excellent details of new info on Oswald we have no read or heard of before. VERY good audiobook.
People who like a commentary delivered in abrasive strident tones interspersed with tones of amazement for no reason discernible in the text.
Not the genre (contemporary American history) but certainly the author, who was also the narrator. He reminded me of someone in the early 1940s newsreels trying desperately to inject every situation with heightened meaning. He had a curious rapidity to his delivery which he interrupted at various parts of a paragraph to lay the emphasis on a couple of words by stretching them out, not necessarily because they were important but because his cadence involved this curious emphasis. Just reading the script would have sufficed (and enhanced) a very interesting history. I have recently listened to The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba by Jim Rasenberger and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs. Both were read by Bob Walter, who did an excellent job. This book was a crude sensationalist history in comparison with those well researched books.
Not unless there was a big cash prize and I was certain to win if I did!
Disappointment. But also bewilderment: why would someone writing a history of JFK's assassination choose to do it like this???? It is an exciting story. It doesn't need a lot of bantering hectoring tones interspersed with unnecessary theatrical hyperbole.
Listen carefully to the sample and if you have the slightest doubt about the delivery DON'T BUY IT. You will never get used to the voice and, if anything, it will become more and more grating as the book proceeds. I was gobsmacked at how crass this history proved to be.
Much like Killing Lincoln, I found about half of Killing Kennedy to be a story that has been told and retold over the years. That's not bad, meaning roughly half of the book was new and fresh to me.
The research and story behind the personal lives of Jackie and Kennedy was the real Home Run for this book. While I have read or listened to many accounts of the affairs and how it impacted the couple's relationship, this book goes into fascinating detail as to the frequency and scope of Kennedy's infidelity and how it impacted EVERYONE, from the couple themselves to Bobby, to Hoover, to the Secret Service and so on.
The only disappointment for me was the lack of conspiracy examination. I realize that Lincoln's assassination was a clear conspiracy and Kennedy's assassination was and always will be an unknown; however, conspiracy is hardly addressed in this book. My only guess is that the authors simply didn't discover anything new and/or didn't really have a new or interesting opinion on the conspiracy angle so they simply didn't go into it. I would have preferred; however, that they at least address the different theories and acknowledged there is nothing more to say on the matter/s. It's not that O'Reilly doesn't believe in conspiracy, as I have heard him acknowledge that he is simply not convinced of either the lone gunman or the conspiracy theories.
O'Reilly does a very good job as narrator, as he did in Killing Lincoln - quite a rare achievement for an author to also be a good narrator. His years in show business as a newsman clearly benefiting us all in that area.
Overall I still HIGHLY recommend this book, I just didn't like it quite as much as I did Killing Lincoln.
At times O'Reilly comes up with a few interesting facts I had not heard before.
Anyone who sounded more interested.
Not a chance. Like many movies the most interesting thing about this was the title.
At times O'Reilly sounded just plain bored with his own book.
Not! Learned some new facts, regarding Oswald, little new about JFK. Heard a different perspective, not pleased with narrators delivery
Don't believe I'll waste the time
Not impressed with delivery at all, less than pleasing tone and cadence
No, Lack of evidence to support differing theories negate the need
I was under the impression that this was history and not o'Reilly's biased and incomplete version of the past.
Too much focus on Kennedy's sex life
In addition to the above, important facts were left out, for example, the fact that we almost went to war with Russia over the bay of pigs invasion.
Right at the top! It was a well researched, well written book.
The way it was told chronologically, and from the perspectives of many different characters.
Of course when poor Jackie Kennedy is holding John in her lap after he had been shot. It was very sad.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
There is so much written about JFK that it is hard to find something new. Nothing was new here, but I found it interesting enough to listen to the end.
What I liked: The stories about the "Cuban Missile Crisis" and "his relationship with Jackie and others" was very interesting. I enjoyed it.
What was less than wonderful:
1) Bill O'Reilly is not a good narrator because he cannot get out of his Fox Pundit rhythm of talking. However, this performance was actually an improvement over the awful narration of "Killing Lincoln".
2) If there had been one more paragraph about JFK's sexual appetite, O'Reilly would have had to re-name the book "Sex and Kennedy". It was poor writing to imply that he was "leering" at the Mona Lisa exhibit that Jackie successfully brought to the US for America to view. I get it, O'Reilly was using humor with his comparison of Mona Lisa and any other woman in the world that JFK looked at during his adult life. O'Reilly just couldn't pull it off as humorous.
This would be a good book for anyone who doesn't know much about JFK.
Yes, would most probably buy another O'Reilly/Dugard book of similar historical significance. Purchased both Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and give both the highest recommendation. Audible delivery of the books is difficult and would probably opt for the discs which is what I need for travel.