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.
Bill O. writes an amazing historical book on an amazing period of American history. I am a Factor fan and am used to Bill's voice on his show. It took a little time to adjust to him reading this. But it is so interesting I forgot it was him and got into the story.
O'Reilly's narration is terrible. O'Reilly's politics shows immediately.
O'Reilly continually stopped mid-sentence and mid-thought and read in a sing-song voice.
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.
I enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's telling of the story of this fascinating man and the recap of this tumultuous period of our history. Although most of the general facts have already been reported over time and by various accountings, I enjoyed learning about many of the details that had been previously unknown to me. Overall I enjoyed the read and recommend the book to others.
Worth your time
We get a inside look at politics and how the public is deceived by the men and women in power.
Bill has a no nonsense approach to the subject matter and you can hear that in his voice.
I HIGHLY recommend this book as a must listen.
Loving the time saving, knowledge gaining audiobook. There's nothing like a good listen. Currently enjoying genres of survival/adventure, economics, politics, history and religion.
One often wonders what really happens in the private lives of politicians. This book provides an excellent insight into the life and death of a rather famous one, worth the time if you're half curious about Kennedy.
The content and format and presentation of this book is excellent.
It was very easy to listen too
It had lots of usefull bits of highly interesting information about Kenedy etc.
The ONLY signficant shortcoming is that he tows the official line of having Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman. He does not explain any of the contradicting evidence such as Kenedies head lunging backwards when the bullet was meant to have come from there or other anomalies. Apart from this weakness I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt much by listening to it.
The way O'Reilly presented the story (in writing and in Narration)
There were SO many interesting facts about Kennedy (family and White House) that I hadn't previously learned in History classes (high school nor college). O'Reilly was knowledgeable and was upfront about the information in the story being FACT (any opinion or speculation was excluded)... it was clear that the reader (or listener) would be left to draw his/her own conclusions.
Kennedy's assassination was very moving for me. As I went through the book, I became very attached as if I personally knew President Kennedy and his family. When the assassination portion of the book was played, I was surprised how touched (very sad) I felt...I hadn't realized just how enthralled I was into the story!
HIGHLY recommend this book to all.
Although Mr. O'Reilly's voice does tend to lack emotion during key points, I enjoyed the well researched content.
Similar in title to Killing Lincoln, both incorporated factual details that made a connection to me as a listener.
I prefer Killing Kennedy to Killing Lincoln. I believe the reason is simple, as a child growing up in the 60s and 70s I could relate to the Kennedy children, loved the elegant Jackie, and wanted desperately to believe in Camelot.
For one brief shining moment, Camelot.