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Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later | [Darren Reynolds]

Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
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Audible Editor Reviews

A vivid recreation of the moments before, during, and after president John F. Kennedy's assassination, based on original audio from ABC interwoven with commentary from Diane Sawyer and fresh interviews with the reporters, secret service agents, and medical personnel who were there. It's harrowing to hear the first breathless reports of the shooting, as well as the somber accounts from Kennedy's funeral, and the little details bring the terrible events back to life. Although the sound quality here is reliably excellent, there's a certain amount of repetition in the material that perhaps makes it best suited to JFK obsessives or those looking for thorough teaching tools.

Publisher's Summary

This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Key moments include:

  • The very first reports of the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • Eyewitness accounts from that day in history and their reflections 50 years later.
  • Highlights from key newsmakers of the day.
  • Go inside the ABC News Radio newsroom as anchors sift through incoming bulletins on the shooting of President Kennedy.
  • Hear from Gayle Newman, the woman who was nearest to the president’s limousine when he was shot; Aubrey Reich and Dennis McGuire, two young paramedics who found themselves in the middle of history; and Gladys Johnson who rented the room where Lee Harvey Oswald was staying that day he when he left for work at the Texas School Book Depository.
  • Hear expanded interviews with Dr. Ronald Jones, who was bedside for both President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald; and Pierce Allman, a reporter who happened to run into Oswald as he was asking for instructions to the nearest phone.
  • Plus, expanded coverage of President Kennedy’s funeral, and a look at the controversies surrounding the Kennedy assassination with political historian Larry Sabato.

These real time audio reports, eyewitness recollections from 1963, and new analysis make for a powerful experience of this fateful day in recent history.

©2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc (P)2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc

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    mary Yardley, PA, United States 11-16-13
    mary Yardley, PA, United States 11-16-13
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    "Compelling"
    Would you listen to Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later again? Why?

    Yes. I could listen to this over and over. It brought me back to that weekend in 1963. I cried then and this story brought it all back again. I have watched many tellings of this on TV over the years but this was the most compelling report ever. I felt the emotions all over again. Kudos to ABC. Absolutely outstanding.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The voices throughout - from 1963 and from today. It just hit a nerve all the way through.


    Have you listened to any of Diane Sawyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. She is amazing. But the JFK assassination changed history and changed our lives - mine for sure.


    If you could give Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I wouldn't change anything.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven WASHINGTON, DC, United States 11-18-13
    Steven WASHINGTON, DC, United States 11-18-13
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    "What a great listen! Hear history as it happened!"
    Would you listen to Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later again? Why?

    This is the definitive audio history of the Kennedy assassination as it happened, with gripping material from the ABC archives, along with powerful interviews with an ER doctor who attended to the president and a radio reporter who saw Oswald at the scene of the crime. You won't be able to find this stuff anywhere else. I intend to keep this recording for years to come.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Some of this stuff exists on youtube, but far more original ABC Radio material is here in full context. It is a treasure trove for Kennedy history buffs, more powerful to listen to than to watch.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interview with the ER doctor was particularly gripping. Don't miss it.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy tokyo 05-15-14
    Jeremy tokyo 05-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "(2 + 4 + 1 ) / 3 = 2.33333333333"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is well told, but it's about as true as the bible is... maybe 20% history and 80% rectal suppository...


    Has Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Diane Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Kennedy


    Was Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later worth the listening time?

    Yes, but it took me months to listen...


    Any additional comments?

    stop self-promoting, ABC!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JPT NY 11-17-13
    JPT NY 11-17-13
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    "Fantastic!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing the reports from 50 years ago, you felt like you were right there living it. It affects you as though you are hearing the events unfold live even though you know the history. I've read numerous accounts of this time in history, but hearing it as it unfolded 50 years ago gave me a completely different perspective on it. This is totally worth a listen! I'm not even a history buff and am looking forward to listening to it again.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 04-13-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Skip this book!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to Three Shots Rang Out was not only a waste of time but painful as I had to bite down on aluminum foil just to the very beginning of this book.


    Would you recommend Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. Aluminum foil on fillings is quite painful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Only that the book was so crappy I doubted the sincerity of Diane Sawyer's narration, though I otherwise am an avid Sawyer fan.


    Did Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later inspire you to do anything?

    Just to stop and delete the book and regret the monetary investment.


    Any additional comments?

    Darren Reynolds just give up writing and take up dentistry.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-27-13
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice Recap"

    This was a very short recap of what happened on that dreadful day. I loved the original footage of the news agencies they incorporated into the recap. Definitely worth the time to listen too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 11-27-13
    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You Are There!"

    Excellent review of the Kennedy assassination with the actual ABC radio broadcasts of the time. Narrated professionally by Diane Sawyer. You really get the feeling of "being there". I especially liked the comments of Ike Pappas during the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by "an elderly man" (Ruby). He exclaims: "Holy Mackerel!" Other highlights are the interview with the surgeon in charge of trying to save JFK, the interview with Officer Tippet's wife, and the closing interview with Larry Sabato, author of the recent "The Kennedy Half Century". Thank you Audible and ABC for this free program! It brought back all the memories of that awful time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 11-26-13
    Anna 11-26-13 Member Since 2009

    When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.

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    "Welcome to Audible Diane Sawyer!!!"
    Where does Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in a class all of it's own because I'm not used to having a News Special. I love abc and Diane Sawyer so I would definitely purchase any future performances by her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JFK & Jackie. They were so REAL. Not like these characters we get on Washington Hill now days!


    Which character – as performed by Diane Sawyer – was your favorite?

    herself, for real!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the anchor who covered JFK's funeral, as the 21-gun-salute was being carried out he commented about the sound echoing off the same hills that witnessed his fore-fathers being buried here before him...it was such a fitting tribute! Very moving!


    Any additional comments?

    Please have Diane Sawyer back for more Audible exclusives! She is an amazing woman and reports with such passion! She could do a report on the alphabet and move me to tears!

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    ellen BROOKFIELD, WI, United States 11-24-13
    ellen BROOKFIELD, WI, United States 11-24-13
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    What did you love best about Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later?

    This was a great collection of interviews and stories. I had not heard of some of them. Darren did a great job connecting the whole story.


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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 11-24-13
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?"

    About ten years ago, I was shocked when my now-teenager asked me, "Where we you when President Kennedy was killed?" I told him I was born after that, but I was sure his grandparents would remember. They do, of course - but even 50 years later, it's hard for them to talk about that day. My mother's eyes become unfocused, and she talks about the apartment she and my Dad lived in, and going to watch the news on the neighbors' black and white television. My Dad mumbles, talks about hearing the news at his first job after college, and looks at the floor.

    "Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later" (2013) is an ABC News Special by Diane Sawyer. Sawyer narrates a collection of radio stories and interviews, along with audio clips from television broadcasts made immediately after John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. "Three Shots" follows the story as reporters did, from Dealey Plaza to Kennedy's burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

    The Audible version includes reporter interviews of witnesses made right after the assassination that have never been rebroadcast, which are fascinating today. The interviewees are calm, sound and relate what they saw, without speculation. That's a real contrast to today's requisite "How did it make you feel?" end-of-interview question. I do remember 9-11 quite vividly of course, and the news, and I always felt like saying "Why are you asking that question? How does it help the story? Do you think you'll get an answer other than an eloquent version of scared and devastated, followed by tears?"

    Sawyer's piece also has interviews with the reporters, describing in more detail the various locations where the events happened. I was pretty startled to hear a thorough description of the Dallas Police Office basement, followed by audio of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. I realized that the screams I heard were Oswald's. Millions of radio listeners must have heard the same thing 50 years ago.

    It's a very good listen. If my future grandchildren ask me the same JFK question, I'll tell them to listen to this story.

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    18 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    "For free, can't go wrong"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's an interesting retelling of the story of the day of the Kennedy assassination.
    I liked the fact that they included their interviews with the people years after the event.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
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    "Just the facts about JFK"

    Its the original news footage and reports laid bare for you to decide what happened, I initially wanted more It lacked any strong opinion either way, but left me deciding my own.

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