This is tied with "Unbroken" as my favorite audio book of all time. I thoroughly enjoy books based on fact and great research. O'Reilly does a great job of telling this story while filling in many gaps I had in my knowledge of that horrible day in November 1963. I was in 5th grade when the announcement came over the school's intercom that "President Kennedy has died at 1 PM Central Standard Time".O'Reilly also goes into great detail with explaining what happened during the "Bay of Pigs" invasion as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also, I never knew exactly what Oswald did to escape from that book depository. He almost got away.
I would compare this book to another O'Reilly great called "Killing Lincoln".
The minutes preceding the point where Oswald actually pulls the trigger is the best. Although we all know what happens (that Kennedy is assassinated), the way O'Reilly leads up to that moment is filled with anxiety. I found myself hoping that Oswald missed his mark.
The part where Mrs. Kennedy is holding her dead husband's head in her lap and she would not let go even after they arrived at the hospital. The doctor's were pleading with her to let them start trying to save his life.
Almost any book on JFK is interesting, this title is no exception as a re-hash of the largely unaccepted but official explanation of Kennedy’s assassination. You could almost be forgiven for thinking that the book must have been commissioned by some branch of the US government.
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James William Douglass is a much more interesting and plausible look at the JFK death and cover-up.
Bill O'Reilly , Martin Dugard might do well to consider taking on a real project; that of explaining to their loyal readers why the research that Douglass claims to have done cannot possibly be verified.
Perhaps my expectations were too high. I can only express my disappointment with the shallow and UN-compelling story Bill O'Reilly wrote and narrated.
This is a book for the uninformed who want to stay that way, because as an historical telling of an event with such significance, this was more a soap opera then a historical document.
Only Bill O'Reilly's
I would never spend time reading or listening to anything Bill O'Reilly wrote
The book is well written and historically correct. But there is absolutely nothing new that hasn't been written before. A recent HBO movie depicted everything in the book. On talk shows O'Reilly touts the many surprises in the book. I finished the book and am still waiting.
All of the books I've read about Kennedy's life have the same information.
I was going to buy the Lincoln book, but not now. I am afraid it is like all the other books I've read about Lincoln.
Not read any more O'Reilly books.
I never even noticed that the narrator was O'Reilly. His sing-songy deliverance on every sentence drove me crazy. The sentence he read when Kennedy actually got shot was just "ho hum, the President is dead." He should stick to writing--narration is not his thing.
I have already listened to it twice to ensure I didn't miss anything and loved it more the second time around.
I learned a lot about President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie. very well put together
Bill is one of the best orators of the times, i really enjoy listing to him tell a story
the entire book was riveting!
it was the best book i have listened to since Killing Lincoln. Bills other great book
I put Killing Kennedy up there with Killing Lincoln loved both books, Both of these books grab your attention and you just do not want to put it down and I didn't.
The way this book is laid out that it was really cool to get the interaction between, Jack, Jackie, Bobby, LBJ and the others. The actual point where JFK is shot in Dallas was a dramatic point.
Bill O'Reilly's performance is remarkable and makes the book that much more enjoyable.
I was broken hearted that JFK was shot and that because the FBI screwed up we lost the President of the United States, It was a very sad day for America. It really broke my heart.
Just wish Bill had spent a little more time at the end going over JFK's buriel at Arlington National Cemetery. Just something to think about. for the paper back edition of the book.
It ranks on the top
Killing Lincoln, -same great writing, great performance
His voice inflections add to the emotional impact
The Unmeasureable Loss of JFK
Great Book, move over liberal media, you lose again
Obviously Kennedy's death is the main point of the book, but the connection with Kennedy's past is so interesting.
This book basically ignores all talks of any conspiracy, and takes the Warren Commission at face value. While I would have liked him to talk more about the conspiracies, the book did motivate me to learn more, which is great.
Yes, it was a great book and was narrated well.
There were a couple instances where O'Reilly referred to the president as Lincoln instead of Kennedy.
I would definitely recommend this title. After watching an entire week of documentaries and coverage of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, I still found this book very interesting, and it succeeded in giving me even more information I didn't know. This was a great follow-up to Killing Lincoln, and O'Reilly is wonderful at telling a story without pushing agendas or bias. He has a gift for producing fact-based writing while still making it interesting.