I am a hospice chaplain. I find reading difficult, however, audio books have truly been a blessing. I especially enjoy historical biography
The approach that Bill O'Reily and Martin Dugard made this book jump out and held you wanting to hear another chapter. Those who might fear a book by Bill O'Reily to be opinionated and slanted need not worry. He has presented the facts in a time line of events and allows you to draw your own conclusions. He has not tried to persuade you one way or another. As a character on Dragnet use to say, "Just the facts..." O'Reily has presented just the facts. This is a must read for all Americans.
The description of President Kennedy's motorcade on the last day of his life moved me to tears.
I was in eighth grade when a friend raced up to me Did You Hear What Happened To The Kennedy's? I quipped No did Carolyn's pony Macaroni get loose? No the presidents been shot, I was mortified by my flip answer. I watched the procession as JFK was taken to lie in state. The caisson and rider less horse brought home the loss of this man. It was a frightening time the red scare, drills in school to protect us from nuclear attacks, Cuban missile crisis ,Mr O"Reilly digs deep into this special time known as Camelot, and the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination, The book is carefully constructed. Giving the pertinent facts as known. and what happened in Texas schoolbook building, the race to catch Oswald, his murder by Jack Ruby, The Mafia connection, is all laid bare. This book puts the events in order as it unfolded. Conspiracy theories still abound. This book does not put everything to rest. The Zapruder film taken at the moment the presidents head exploded into a mist is still studied. and there are uncertainties of how could this happen?. This book brought me back to November 22. On a personal note I had not had such a feeling of global consciences until 9/11
I love that Bill O'Reilly presents FACTS, but I don't feel like I'm reading a history book! I stopped often and looked up Kennedy's speeches on YouTube, information about the Bay of Pigs, Addison's Disease, Marilyn Monroe, Kennedy's association with organized crime, etc. I learned a lot from this book, and enjoyed it like I was reading a thriller!
This is easily one of the best audio books I've ever heard. The story is perfectly paced and even though the outcome is well known, the suspense never fails. Bill O'Reilly has given us an incredibly thorough and riveting account of this horrific and devastating moment in our history. His narration, unlike many authors who seem detached from their story, is first rate with just the right touch of drama and pathos.
The (audio) book title here is a tad misleading, there is much more on the life and presidency of JFK than his death. Also little speculation, I don't think the grassy knoll even gets a mention. A lot is left to reader/listener to decide themselves. As it should be.
That BoR narrates himself helps a lot. The words are his words (with his co-writer) and this lends authenticity. How much of the material is new or unique is doubtful, but in my mind that does not matter much. The pace is fine for me, I found it an easy listen. The more emotional segments, and in the end there is a great human tragedy here, is presented with poise and compassion. To my slight surprise there is no cheap political point scoring, thankfully BoR seems to be above that.
I appreciate and found compelling O'Reilly's account of all of the history surrounding the sad account of JFK's assassination. He was able to incorporate the historical details into a very human account of this event. For those of us who remember, and for those who don't, it should be required reading.
A very well-written fact-based book on Pres. Kennedy death. Bill O'Reilly narration was the cherry on top of this sundae. Well worth a listen.
Bill O'Reilly's performance was clear and easily followed and understood. The flow in his voice kept you attentive and engaged with the book.
When the book got to Jacqueline Kennedy's response to her husband being shot, murdered in front of her you felt like you were there with her and wanted to comfort her.
The book charts a course through JFKs life, picking out many of the elements for which he was so famous and elements not so famous that hold relevance towards his untimely death. I felt that the various strands the book picked up - such as his relationship with singer Frank Sinatra to the falling out between various factions of government following the Bay of Pigs - weaves a story of a man with many enemies, explaining why that came to pass.
Yet, in telling the story of his death the book plays it straight. It's not for it to pick a winner among conspiracy theories (or none); rather, it outlines a picture of Kennedy's life from which you may draw conclusions, ranging from conspiracy to plain old law of diminishing numbers - with enough enemies, something was bound to happen in the end.
I came to the book knowing quite a bit about JFK, but I learned quite a bit more around the colour of the man. The audiobook is well narrated and paced, and even though one knows the tale quite well it brings you to an emotional climax.