The fact that is is the biography of a true American hero.
Have not listened to Tom Parker before but the narration was quite good including the accents. I've seen the movie a dozen times and never realized that Murphy's principle friend was Irish but having heard this book it made him somehow more "valid."
It would be hard to speak in terms of "extreme" reactions to this book simply because it covers a subject few ever experienced. Also it seems Murphy himself insisted on keeping the book more low-key rather than typical post-modern sensationalism to garner audience reaction.
In the movie one could easily grasp the significance of Audie Murphy's actions thanks to photographic impact, but listening to the book seem to lack some of that - again I understand Murphy did not want his story told as being principally about HIM, and more is the pity because he truly deserves such a telling.We live in a world where people who have done nothing beyond being born with a certain name are considered celebrities with their every action reported upon by a overly-dramatic, profit-driven media, yet, Audie Murphy truly EARNED a place in American history, and perhaps it's time Hollyweired revisted his story with a more dramatic retelling that focuses more on him than the entire period.
I never read the print version, but the audio version was disturbing enough!
Not a book so much as a Documentary by Michael Moore; "Capitalism, A Love Story."
"How To Destroy Civilization!"
The Shock Doctrine is disturbing...because by now we can SEE the truth of it! Sadly most Americans will NOT see the truth staring them in the face.
Yes - it was an interesting concept.
The story is founded on a fundemental aspect of crime investigation - follow the MOTIVE and the MONEY.LBJ was on his way OFF the national stage as VP to a dynamic Kennedy and had Kennedy lived to serve two terms, LBJ would have been nothing more important than yesterday's skid-marked shorts.J. Edgar Hoover is another one who had ample motive....he went from having his hat handed to him by the Kennedy's to being named Director for Life....that's a VERY telling point!The Military Industrial Complex benefitted by the billions - of dollars. LBJ insured that U.S. involvement in Vietnam went UP which equates directly with government (taxpayer) dollars forked over to weapons manufacturers.There are simply too many "coincidences" following the "rub-out" of JFK to ignore. SOMEBODY in power benefitted...there was no other motive for his killing.Oswald is the portrait of the classic CIA recruit...young, impressionable, disaffected with the status quo...seeking to effect change and eager to BE that change. The whole chain of events unfolding are "textbook" assassination protocol....in fact, taken right from the pages of Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers"! A young zealot with a righteous cause, an inside connected mobster ordered to "take one for the team" and snuff him out, and a Vice President who has a KNOWN RECORD of having engaged in felonious acts to gain office....and if HE didn't, his "handlers" did! An FBI Director who could ONLY gain from John and Bobby being toast...Obviously this story has a LOT to think about.
Can't remember...there are so many.
No, it was all quite intriguing.
Never read the print version, but the audio version is very good and very well narrated.
I think the expectation was the best part...that we're all about to learn something genuinely NEW in the JFK assassination.
His narration allows the book to play out like a cinema on the screen of one's mind. The basis of great narration is that one forgets they are being "told" the story...this is great narration.
Yes indeed it was!
I really LIKE the premise for this book, and in light of recent Secret Service scandals it certainly seems plausible. The evidence about minute bullet fragments seen on X-ray in the President's brain was quite convincing, though I'm not prepared to accept Oswald as a truly lone, unbacked, non-affiliated "gunman" as the author suggests. At at time when virtually nobody was granted permission to move to the USSR - Oswald was. At a time when virtually nobody was granted permission to come from the USSR to the USA, Oswald was - and this AFTER supposedly renouncing his citizenship. Plus he got to bring his Russian bride?!If anything I'm more prepared to believe it was indeed a conspiracy to murder the CIC, but the Secret Service performed as unwitting accomplices! Certainly a great many "players" at that time had motive to want JFK dead. Equally certain, NO organized "hit" is going to put all the eggs in a single basket....As long as the government and willing "shills" are around to "poo-poo" allegations of conspiracy, and in light of the fact that virtually everyone with firsthand knowledge was either murdered or has died, the American public is virtually assured the Kennedy assassination will remain as mysterious in the future as it was after the lame-O Warren commission published a shoddy compilation of unconnected facts and events without ever once attempted to present a codified picture of what it all added up too. So, I like the book...like the premise, not sure it's THE premise, but considering how bumbling and incompetent the current Secret Service has been revealed to be...the notion of an incompetent boob snatching the trigger on an AR-15 is certainly worth consideration!
The narration. Will Patton was born to voice characters...his audiobook performances underscore the greatness of his acting. The Story was good, but I know it would not have been so entrancing had I been reading the book rather than listening to one of the greatest "voices" ever!
When the "Det Ret's" girlfriend got blown up in his car.
"Visualization" beyond what normally experiences by silent reading, and easily on par or better than the "best" of audible's other narrators. I'd rate Will Patton right alongside Stephan Rudnicki as one of the all-time great narrators!
The Det Ret of course, because he is the principal...the "hero" as it were. The "villian" is a truly despicable individual with no saving grace, no "humanity."
Stephen King is one of the few authors too have stood the test of time. Sure he's written some books that didn't make the connection to the reader, but by an large he paints a full portrait in words and anything he writes IS worth reading, or a listen. Pairing his work up with the astounding talent of Will Patton results in a complete package that draws the listener in deep. I've been a fan of Will Patton's since I saw his performance in the movie "No Way Out" - the man is supremely talented! If Will Patton chose to narrate "Mary Had a Little Lamb" I wager it would become a hit!
Will Patton, Narrator!
Will Patton...oh wait, he's not a character in the book, but his narration brings them ALIVE! It's hard to choose a favorite when the narrator is so good at making each and every character, and each and every aspect of the story vibrant!
The guy is fantastic! Everyone who knows his acting already knows that if HE is in a movie, it's going to be GREAT! The same with his voicing skill with reading...the man is genuinely talented in everything he does.
Will Patton! Because he IS the characters in this book!
The scene where Dan awakens after a drunken night of debauchery with "Deena" is absolutely hilarious with Will Patton's narrative skill! Will Patton's vocal inflections animate each word had me laughing to hard at the mental picture of this booze-hound trying to come to life after a drunken binge...I KNOW the book is a "horror" novel, and in those sections, Will Patton's narration brings THAT alive as well, but in that one passage I was laughing so hard I almost had to pull over and seek oxygen!
I enjoyed the "rest of the story-esque" information about significant events in history.
The narration tended to be a bit drab.
Not really if only because it is composed of many rather small vignettes of history...but I suppose on a History channel venue it might garner a lot of interest. I'd watch it.
Anyone who hasn't read Vonnegut should probably START with this book. It's filled with humor and he sort of warped perception of society we today take as "normal," but at the time this was written was certainly outside the norm.
I cannot compare it to ANY book I've ever read...totally unique.
Tony Roberts' narration is excellent. I read where other reviewers rated it poorly which makes no sense because I thought it was part of what made the story to good.
Several points in this book are hilarious and will have anyone bursting with laughter. there are points that would normally be saddening, but due to the overall tenor of the story the "sad" scenes aren't really a negative. Vonnegut's characters are so weird that when anything happens to them one can't really be disappointed because one feels they had it coming...even typing that makes me laugh.
This is a VERY unique, one-of-a-kind novella that deserves reading today even more than it did when it was first published. The story is quite short and the narrator makes the listener want to keep listening. I normally listen when driving but with this book I found myself wanting to leave earlier than normal and drive slower than normal just so I could have more time with the book.
The narrator - Craig Wasson is OUTSTANDING in his ability to create different character voices! The story is typical Stephen King which means good, but that goes without saying. For those who think all King writes is "horror" be warned this is not that kind of novel. I love to see Craig Wasson go back and narrate ALL of King's work because he truly makes the listening something to eagerly look forward too!
To me the Stand and The Tommyknockers are very similar in that neither was particularly "horrific" (nor intended that way I suspect), but contained a LOT of detail and character development.
The part where Jake and Sade are on that final mission to stop Oswald is absolutely filled with suspense yet also encompasses events which one cannot help but find amusing - if not hilarious.
Yes...I even held my iPhone as I stood outside watering my lawn so I could keep going....this is hard to put down.
I would encourage anyone on the fence based on other reviews to do as I did and take the plunge. Stephen King has NEVER written a disappointing book and this one is superb!
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