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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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    Adrian Beeville, TX, United States 10-12-14
    Adrian Beeville, TX, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    "History Redux"
    Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

    If there are audiobooks similar to this one about other historical events, I'd be interested in listening to them.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked hearing real clips about the assassination and subsequent details. I am impressed that someone thought to make that footage available because it covers the period prior to the conspiracy theories and Warren Report. Most interviews are reactions unsullied by history. The sound quality was poor in some areas, but this is to be expected with old audio files.


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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Interesting to hear the news of the day"

    The real footage and actual people with firsthand accounts around the JFK assassination was absolutely fascinating. Highly recommended.

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    John BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, United States 03-30-14
    John BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2013

    It is better to tell the truth and fail than lie to succeed

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    "Nothing new or interesting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Solve the crime or introduce censored evidence.


    What was most disappointing about Darren Reynolds’s story?

    just a compilation of data that can easily be found by anyone with access to goggle.


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    Alice 03-11-14
    Alice 03-11-14
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    "A look behind the facts"
    What did you love best about Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later?

    The story gave an in depth look into the days leading up to and after the events. was also given a look at possible hidden facts behind the events.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later?

    The actual news recordings


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

    yes, great as always


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

    Yes, the moment of the recording that says the President has died. Still hard to listen to, very emotional


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    Tim Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Tim Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

    It;s my fault for wanting to revisit that extraordinary moment when I've already seen so much about it. What made it worse was being told several times how we were listening to something that had never been told before. It added nothing to my knowledge and was annoying to boot.


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    Barry Deerfield, IL, United States 01-20-14
    Barry Deerfield, IL, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is not a book; it is an audio transcription of a TV show. As such, it refers to images and graphics which the listener obviously cannot see. I'd not really recommend this book, unless you (like me) are already deeply familiar with the JFK murder and want some extra info.


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    Amazon Customer Rochester, MN, United States 01-14-14
    Amazon Customer Rochester, MN, United States 01-14-14

    Just like you, I spend my money here and am not on any author's payroll :)

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    An excellent synopsis of the Kennedy assasination and its aftermath short-term. I had not heard the ABC News broadcasts of the era (mostly CBS, Walter Cronkite, etc.), but the excerpts from ABC are exceptional.

    I was particularly moved near the end as JFK was laid to rest in Arlington - the Cardinal, National Anthem, and 21-gun salute made tears well up in my eyes - 50 years later....

    Well done and must listen!

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    Would have enjoyed this more if it had not been for all the repetition. ........

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    A brief ABC news special on the day Kennedy died and the promise he represented was silenced. The news bites and interviews bring the tragic day to life 50 years later.

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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 11-24-13
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Well done ABC !! Bravo"

    This audiobook comes to us free from Audible,com and ABC News and Diane Sawyer. My thanks go out to both organizations.

    This two hour audiobook is a return to November 1963 where the Kennedy Assassination, Oswald arrest and subsequent murder, and the presidential funeral are retold using ABC radio accounts of the day.

    This book is non-political so members of both the right and the left can equally enjoy this work

    Download this audiobook.

    P.S. I cant believe its been 50 years. Im getting old

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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