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.
The story was simply tedious and a beating at times. Overall it's still a good work of fiction with a taste of historical life in England after Roman influence is gone - around 300-400 AD.
I much prefer the Saxon series where the characters are far more dynamic.
The narrator is good overall but his female voices and Merlin voice are TRULY cringeworthy.
If you have ever played video games, this one reminds you of a book written from the basis of Dishonored or BioShock. The setup is a 1900's type world where a parallel technology path exists within the story that is more advanced than the actual 1900's technology.
Overall the story is a bit slow and dry at times, but overall, it's an interesting adventure mystery type novel with good character development. The narrator does a fine job.
Overall, it's off the beaten path (science fiction to some extent, but not quite science fiction if that makes any sense), but recommended.
In the Bernie Gunther series, Kerr manages to tell a story about Bernie in his pre-war or wartime life, and then jumps to Bernie's then current-day, after the war. The series progresses from just after the war up to the late 50's and early 60's.
This book is his best effort by far. Early on, the books were a bit hard to follow at times and it was hard to catch the story's flow over the gap in years. Field Gray nails it! It's a fabulous story with interesting characters and an intriguing story that ends up being a page turner!
The narrator, Paul Hecht is overall, a very good narrator and he does a fine job on this one.
Overall, this one is Highly Recommended! The series is likewise a recommend!
I have no idea why Kerr changed his formula on this book. The formula that he ended up perfecting by the time he got to "Field Gray" was to flash back and forth between Bernie's pre-war and war-time experience and Bernie's current day post-war life.
Kerr always linked the stories, e.g., investigated someone from his former life, ran into an old acquaintance, etc. They were a bit hard to follow at first, but for me Kerr became a much better writer as he progressed through the books.
Field Grey, for example was my favorite book, and this one digressed. I heard an interview Kerr gave saying that changing the style was interesting to him and sticking to the same old formula made it stale for him. I wish he would have stayed stale.
Overall I recommend the series, but this book is average at best, and sometimes a beating.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and ended up being quite the pleasant surprise.
The book is centered around the "Google Earth" concept, where one of the vans driving around taking pictures of city streets and then projected into Google Earth to show the user the streets online.
The company here is fictitious and the story is a bit implausible, but the author makes it work and weaves a pretty suspenseful story that ends up being a "page turner".
The narrators do a fine job, even though there is no need for two of them.
Highly recommended!! A suspense novel that is a fun and enjoyable listen!
I simply could not get through this book. Granted I was only 1/3 into when I quit, but I will RARELY quit listening to a book.
I will try to go back and listen to this one again, once I have exhausted my hot list, but for now I am going to rate it a 2-3-1, only because John Lee is a fabulous narrator and brings it up from a 1.
I did not know who Greg Iles was prior to stumbling upon this book. I saw the good reviews, and the genre appeals to me, so I gave it a shot.
What a terrific book!! I have not listened to a book this good in a long time. It reminded me of a good John Grisham or James Lee Burke novel. It was that good!
I did listen to the second and third books in this series and the second one was a big let down and the third was much better, but not as good as this first effort.
Overall, I recommend the series!! Try it, you will definitely enjoy this one if you enjoy the genre!! Tom Stechschulte does a fine job as narrator on this one.
I very much enjoyed the first two book in this trilogy. The thing that made the first two books so good is exactly what made the last book so poor - CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
It is simply amazing to me how this happened. The initial characters, who were obviously the parents and grand parents of the characters in the final book, were simply swept to the side, and the new characters were simply introduced as if their characters were already defined by the parents and grand parents.
Likewise, there was no real story line outside of the activities surrounding the historical events that occurred through the timeline of this third edition.
I am a HUGE fan of Follett and will anxiously await his next book. If you are a Follett fan, you still have to listen or read the trilogy. It's worth it, but keep in mind the last book just goes through the motions. I would also recommend any of his other books, most of all the Pillars and World without End books.
John Lee is masterful as always, truly one of the best narrators in the business.
While the summary of the story sounded interesting, the story itself was a little less than that. I am a big Adrian McKinty fan and certainly had higher hopes for this book.
Of course, if you like me, are a big McKinty fan, this becomes a must read. It's certainly better than the random average to poor book out there, but simply wasn't up to the standard McKinty type book I have become accustomed to.
I would highly recommend the "Dead" / Michael Forsythe trilogy, and the Troubles trilogy by McKinty, the Dead trilogy being my favorite.
Gerard Doyle does a great job narrating as he always does with McKinty books.
I have read several books on Patton, including one of the supposed "Bibles" on Patton, by Stanley Hirshson. O'Reilly and Dugard's book successfully touches on the relevant History influenced by Patton and likewise, the events he influenced.
Like other reviewers, I agree that not all the events have to do with the supposed Tag Line of "Killing Patton", but all discussions are relevant and interesting. While I also agree that there are no earth shattering new discoveries or new theories as to who killed Patton, if anyone, O'Reilly and Dugard make a pretty strong case that someone did in fact kill Patton as opposed to the accident storyline. I came away more convinced that he was murdered.
O'Reilly does a fine job narrating. I am surprise by the number of negative reviews on O'Reilly's narration. O'Reilly so much better than many narrators in the business, and that isn't even his business! He's much better than bricks like Scott Brick. He may not be my favorite. but he is well above average as a narrator comparing him to other narrators in the business.
Overall, highly recommended!! I have enjoyed all three "Killing" books by O'Reilly and Dugard.
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