A dedicated professional
Clint Hill gives a first person account of his amazing years with the Kennedy family in the White house. I never really thought about the difficult and dedicated job of the Secret Service. The SS must leave their own family to travel for long periods of time, during holidays, etc. They had to protect the family at all times. Originally disappointed because he was "only" with Mrs. Kennedy and not the president, he came to respect and admire her. His emotional account of the days surrounding the Kennedy assassination is written from a perspective very few can give.
The subtle change of the narrator's voice when he spoke as Mrs. Kennedy was enthralling. You knew each character by his inflections.
He had to live with the rich and famous on $16 a day.
Anyone who has read the many stories and theories around the Kennedy assignation will want to read this account from someone who had an personal relationship with the first-family.
As the review I read said: this book started out as an interesting little story and quickly took off into the bizarre. Imagine a future where you can make yourself look like the person you know yourself to be. What a lively conversation this would be for a book club. T
The writing was amazing. Sometimes I felt that it was above my level. I'm not sure I understood everything that was going on. But I truly enjoyed the book anyway.
The narrator was one of the best. He subtly changed from character to character so that I had no trouble knowing who was speaking. The Amazon review said that the printed book was difficult because the author did not use quotation marks-- so, I guess, this was better as an audio book. But I always feel audio books are better.
Interesting story twist.
I am a big Jodi Picoult fan and I got this book because of her. If you are looking for a book with her typical insight into unusual social issues you will be disappointed. This is a cute story but not a typical Jodi book.
I almost quit in the beginning because it was a silly "Disney" type story. I'm glad I kept listening. The characters developed and I enjoyed the story in the end. It is definitely designed for VERY young girls, but I enjoyed it like a bit of sweetness for a change.
The narration was excellent.
I usually listen at 1.5 speed. I could listen to this at 2.0 or 3.0 so it made it a quick listen.
I would not get another book from Jodi in this YA venue, but I'm not sorry I used my credit.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and I couldn't wait to listen to this book. Boy was I disappointed! The plot was built around an interesting premise (a father who kidnapped his own daughter twenty-eight years earlier) but the characters were unbelieveable and unlikeable. I really didn't care what happened to them. In the other books (My Sister's Keeper, Second Glance, Plain Truth) all of the characters were so realistic and likeable that I followed each twist of the plot anxiously. In this book, I really didn't care what happened to anyone.
By the way, many reviewers liked the cast of narrators in Vanishing Acts. I found them too slow and sappy. I much prefered the single narrator in Second Glance who developed each character with a professional, distict voice.
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