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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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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 12-21-14
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 12-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Oral History of the Assassination that Changed Us"
    If you could sum up Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating oral history


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

    Listening to all the people involved in major and minor roles in the event that was probably the seminal event of my teenage years was very interesting. Some of the people are still alive 50 years later as they were relatively young when JFK died. The testimony of the ER surgeon who inserted the catheter and then realized the president was not going to make it based upon the head wound was so heart wrenching...


    What about Diane Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    Ms Sawyer did her usual polished and professional narration -- no disappointments here.


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

    Listening to the reactions then and now of the men and women on the street was valuable. The comments from Oswald's landlady, where she sounded as though she admired him more than she was upset by the death of the president, was interesting -- a reminder that not everyone seemed devastated by the assassination.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an excellent oral history -- thank you, Audible, for giving this to us for free.

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    R. Collins 12-15-14
    R. Collins 12-15-14
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    "Very interesting broadcast"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that it included actual recordings from the 1963 reports of the assassination. It was well put together and the older recordings were very clear.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed hearing the back-stories that you don't get in the history books. I would have expected a little more discussion of some of the conspiracy theories. They quoted an authority who dismissed the theories. Still, I would love to see more broadcasts like this provided on Audible.

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    Hari Tadepalli Phoenix, USA 12-13-14
    Hari Tadepalli Phoenix, USA 12-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Boring, Skip"
    Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

    No


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

    No


    What didn’t you like about Diane Sawyer’s performance?

    Book is a boring recapture of how JFK's assassination was reported in the new media. Who reported it first and which news outlet did it. It is seriously lacking in the analysis of the event that one would come to expect nearly 50 years after the passage of the event. None such found in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read/listen this book if you are interested in the minute to minute details of how the news of JFK assassination was reported out in the media on the day of the event and the few days that followed. Skip if if you are looking for some serious analysis regarding the motivations and perpetrators of the crime.

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    salim 11-11-14
    salim 11-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Woke up at 6 just to write the review"
    What did you love best about Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later?

    It is amazing, just enabled me imagine how the things would have been back in the those day to get a precise news with out the effective technology like we have today.


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

    I think it did really astonished me through the concept as a whole, I was shocked that in spite of 55 years of assassination of the president the real truth is still hidden.
    We have to perhaps wait until 2016 like the author says to get the reports of CIA.


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

    The way even the assassinated cop was take into the consideration was just remarkable.
    RIP


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

    Author of Kindertransport

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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 03-30-14
    John 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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    "Nothing new here"
    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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    "Difficult To Follow A TV Show In This Format"
    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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