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've become an avid "reader" since I discovered audiobooks a few years ago. Also a cat lover - at left is Prince Harold
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.
Bill O'Reilly does a great job of narration. More than that, though, are the details that have been scoured to put a production like this together. Details from many angles--What was going on with Oswald concurrent with what was going on with Kennedy, as well as others. The extensive backgrounds of individuals involved helped to provide a better understanding of the various things which occurred and why they may have occurred.
I love audio books, and have over 60 to my name from Audible at this time. I am constantly listening to them. They all generally hold my interest and are my preferred medium of entertainment. That said, this one more than almost any other was one I just couldn't turn off.
I enjoyed this book except for the narration. Bill O'Reilly read this book like he was in a hurry to get through it........totally distracting!!
Not all that high but O'reilly and Dugard do bring to light the full magnitude of Kennedy's flaws as well as his unquestioned brilliancy.
People have a vision of O'reilly based on his television show and here that does not serve them well whether they agree with his political views or not. He writes as an author with something to say and I lingered with the listen for that reason. The writing is not fascinating and his narration is okay, but with that said this book is worthwhile and I would urge those in whatever part of the political spectrum to approach it as a meaningful learning opportunity.