Adventure in History. The book is written more like an adventure story.
The book was not really character driven
Yes. This book is right on par with Killing Lincoln.
Yes. I had to force myself to put it down.
If you are into history, you will really enjoy this and Killing Lincoln as well. I really enjoyed Bill's narration as well.
Whatever you may feel about Bill Reilly and his politics this, as well as "Killing Lincoln" is a wonderful reflection during a most turbulent time. He adds historic detail as to what what going on in the world at the particular time. His narrations are great and I hope he writes more.
I enjoyed how this book put together the Official account of what happened together with the personal account of life in Camelot. The personal life tales mixed in with the Preidents daily agenda made the whole tragedy more real.
I loved the way that Bill ORielly's recount of the story clearly demonstrated his love and admiration for the President.
The recounts of Jack Jr in the Oval Office. I remember hearing an audio recording of the president attempting to conduct business as Jack Jr. was hear in the background of the recording and the real life response from the President, being a "dad".
The book was full of ups and downs as is the entire life of the Kennedys. You smiled as you recall the vast acconts of the hightly documented lives here. It's like seeing an old friend after a long absence.
I've read numerous book on the Kennedy assassination and 'Camelot'. I truly enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's version. I found it filled with numerous tales/stories I had never heard before. And while other books were supposedly written with the assistance of the Secret Service members, those close to the President and even Jackie herself, I found this one to be the most believable of all. The fact that Bill O'Reilly read it himself made it all the better. I truly enjoyed the entertaining way in which the story line was presented. I highly recommend it. I liked this audio book so much I plan to try Killing Lincoln next.
Probably not. Most of the information I already knew that which I learned was interesting but was not that important in the whole scheme of things. It was worth the listen, but having listened to it I probably would have put it a little lower on my priority list and listened to some others I intend to hear first.
Killing Lincoln was a much better book, but probably because it was more easily researched where there is a lot of speculation surrounding JFK's assanination.
Say something about yourself!
I loved that the author states from the beginning of the book that it is based on fact. With all the conspiracy theories out there, it was great to hear facts without judgment.
My favorite character would have to be Jacqueline Kennedy. She was so young and endured so much. During the most trying times, she was strong, stoic and classy. Her example is unforgettable.
I did not have a favorite character as performed by Bill O'Reilly. I think he did a great job narrating the book.
We all know JFK was assassinated, you decide why.
Being it was the 50th Anniversary of the death of President Kennedy, I thought this was a particularly good read.
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.
If you read only one book on JFK, this should be the one. It presented history through engaging prose and covered the subject well. There were no "revelations," just the true story with all its facts, both heroic and despicable.
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.