As someone who doesn't watch Bill O'Reilly shouting on television, I was glad he narrated the book in a 'normal' voice. He and Dugard compiled an amazing amount of detail about the Kennedys, Oswald, and other key characters in this tragic event, and they go out of their way to lay the groundwork leading up to November 22, 1963. My disappointment was that they left me wanting more. They essentially ended the story as soon as Air Force One left Dallas. The authors omitted inside information about planning JFK's funeral, the interaction between LBJ and Jackie, or other happenings immediately after the assassination.
I was hesitant in purchasing Killing Kennedy, only because of the narrator’s style on television. I knew I could not tolerate eight hours of someone yelling at me. But the book came recommended by a colleague whom I trust; and I hit the ‘purchase’ button.
I was most pleasantly surprised.
The book begins with the inauguration of JFK and then follows his life and the life of Lee Harvey Oswald over the next three years. It is a steady, and non-judgemental narrative of a truly remarkable story. Bill O’Reilly’s performance was controlled and yet expressive. I was never tempted to stop listening, in fact I had difficulty hitting the pause button, even when I was called to other tasks.
In the top 20%
Definitely did not make me laugh
The books kept my interest from beginning to end. However, it was a little painful to relive this event.
Among the non-fiction books that I have read, this serves as an excellent and clear overview of a tragic even in our history.
I don't think that this book lends itself to necessarily revealing a "favorite" character.
There wasn't one in my opinion.
I found that although I believed to be thoroughly familiar with the assassination of President Kennedy, within the pages of this book, I discovered some new facts - both which could be regarded as trivia as well as significant information. That is why I think it was very easy to continue listening to this narrative once it began.
I had read Killing Lincoln and was anxious to read/listen to Killing Kennedy and I was not disappointed with either work by this author.
Yes i would recommend this to all care about our country's history. Mr. O'Reilly has a way of making the reader feel as though we were standing wright on the corner watching all that happened.
The description of the motorcade.
His voice. He has a way about telling a story.He makes the listener feel involved.
Killing Kennedy.....What Happened and Why?
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Enlightning view inside the events of 1963. Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard wrote an excellent book paralleling the different strands of Kennedy's and Oswald's life, and the events of the period. I 'd strongly recommend to anyone showing an interest in historical chronicles.
In the top few of the non-fiction listens.
The agent's understanding that Jackie didn't want the public to see Jack with his face blown up so he put his own jacket over the face and chest, which allowed Jackie to let them take Jack into the hospital.
O'Reilly was concise, not overdramatic, and coherent.
Details about Jackie at the hospital.
O'Reilly brings in issues relating to the mob, Sinatra, Cuba, Russia and others. Were any of them involved with Lee Harvey? No way to know...the Russian connection is the only one with any real proximity. He doesn't flatly state that there were no other possibilities than Lee Harvey but the evidence for a one man operation is compelling. Excellent book, good follow up to "Killing Lincoln."
People who like a commentary delivered in abrasive strident tones interspersed with tones of amazement for no reason discernible in the text.
Not the genre (contemporary American history) but certainly the author, who was also the narrator. He reminded me of someone in the early 1940s newsreels trying desperately to inject every situation with heightened meaning. He had a curious rapidity to his delivery which he interrupted at various parts of a paragraph to lay the emphasis on a couple of words by stretching them out, not necessarily because they were important but because his cadence involved this curious emphasis. Just reading the script would have sufficed (and enhanced) a very interesting history. I have recently listened to The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba by Jim Rasenberger and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs. Both were read by Bob Walter, who did an excellent job. This book was a crude sensationalist history in comparison with those well researched books.
Not unless there was a big cash prize and I was certain to win if I did!
Disappointment. But also bewilderment: why would someone writing a history of JFK's assassination choose to do it like this???? It is an exciting story. It doesn't need a lot of bantering hectoring tones interspersed with unnecessary theatrical hyperbole.
Listen carefully to the sample and if you have the slightest doubt about the delivery DON'T BUY IT. You will never get used to the voice and, if anything, it will become more and more grating as the book proceeds. I was gobsmacked at how crass this history proved to be.
O'Reilly's followup to Killing Lincoln, was refreshing. My knowledge of this era in history is much lower and this book brought several new facts to my attention.
I felt O'Reilly explored Oswald much more than he had Booth. If anything was lacking it was a better understanding of why Oswald killed Kennedy. I concluded the book still not fully appreciating that.
When it came to the assassination of the President, O'Reilly became a bit more graphic than I felt necessary. His attention to detail went beyond reasonable, in my humble opinion. However, the story was well told.
More attention might have been given to Ruby and some of the conspiracy theories, as he had given alternative conspiracy theories in the Lincoln book. He really glazes over the wild conspiracies and sticks to the known facts. I don't criticize that other than I am always interested in rebuttals to those theories.
Again O'Reilly reads like everything is a commentary, however, something is different in this book from his last. I think the difference is his personal knowledge and experience. Lincoln was a page from a history book, but Kennedy is someone O'Reilly was aware of as a child. O'Reilly seems to be a bit more passionate in his performance as a result.
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.