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Killing Jesus: A History | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Jesus: A History

Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.
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Publisher's Summary

Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take listeners inside Jesus' life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever.

© Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Pete Long Island, NY 01-23-14
    Pete Long Island, NY 01-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, but the narrator...."
    Would you listen to Killing Jesus again? Why?

    I would read the book again, but I don't think I could listen to O'Reilly destroy his own book again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dugard and O'Reilly do a great job of following the last weeks and days of Jesus, and telling the story in a format that is historical in nature, rather than in the context of a religious text.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The only way to improve this performance, is to let someone else do the narration. While O'Reilly earns a great living using his voice on TV, he just seem awkward reading the book.


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

    The events of Palm Sunday were well written and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    O'Reilly - I loved Killing Jesus, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, but please hire a professional narrator to read these books!!!

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    Ryan United States 01-20-14
    Ryan United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.

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    "Adds good depth Jesus's life"
    What did you like best about Killing Jesus? What did you like least?

    It was a good overall account of the facts of Jesus life without the spirital spin or an attempt to discredit or debunk him. I would have liked if O'Reilly and Dugard would have dug deeper but still a good overview. It did allow me to put certian pieces together that I did not realize during that time peroid.


    Do you think Killing Jesus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think a follow-up book of the Roman Empire and the peroid after Jesus death would be interesting to listen to. May of the history during that time skims the peroid. There are many saints that come out of that peroid which are overshadowed by Jesus during that time.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I gave this an overall 3 stars is I wish O'Reilly would have been able to differentiate between characters in the reading. I know this is a moot point but it became a little hard to keep things straight in the middle of the book.

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    Nella Mountain City, TN, United States 01-19-14
    Nella Mountain City, TN, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting--a little disappointing"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Jesus the most enjoyable?

    The history of the times, environment and evolution of the beginnings of Christianity.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    None other with the exception of the Bible which was written for a different purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is sooo interesting, but I expected more in the way of factual, historical references. Although Bill names historians, he doesn't cite specific references--his most cited reference is the Bible. Where there is controversy or differing opinions on a person or event, he does not specify why or reference any supporting evidence for his statements. Bill's description of the period is graphic and gives us a better understanding of why events happened as they did.

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    J Krafft Michigan 01-15-14
    J Krafft Michigan 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Historical and follows timeline"
    Where does Killing Jesus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my to 10%


    Any additional comments?

    It followed a historical timeline and O'Reilly's explanations of the society and culture of the time were helpful. It has given me more insights to the Bible.

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    Anthony Fletcher, NC, United States 01-15-14
    Anthony Fletcher, NC, United States 01-15-14
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    "Good, but not outstanding."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes I thought it was time well spent, but I expected more from this book. I had read the other books in his "Killing" series and this is the one I enjoyed the least. I was very familiar with the story and it seemed to recount the facts just as I had heard them before.
    However I did learn several things about Roman history and gained some good perspective on Biblical times. That was the part I enjoyed most about the book.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a great job presenting the book. It was very clear and easy to understand. A great performance. I would highly recommend his audio books from this standpoint.


    Do you think Killing Jesus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it covered the subject well.


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    Philip bolivar, MO, United States 01-14-14
    Philip bolivar, MO, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bill O'Reilly and the Context of Christ."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Jesus to be better than the print version?

    Yes, O' Reilly continues to show his chops for narration.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln. I thing the reasons are obvious.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I read I tend to miss a lot of verbal inflections and without those I tend to miss what is actually meant. O' Reilly makes everything clear with his words and his voice.


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

    There is a moment at the very beginning of the book when O' Reilly says that Jesus came to save the world and not condemn it. This is John 3:17, spoken by Jesus to the Pharisee, Nicodemus, who Jesus had been calling hypocrites because they had forgotten to love. I think we forget to love too often. I think there are two kinds of Christians, those who know John 3:16, and those who know John 3:16 & 17.


    Any additional comments?

    The book doesn't contain the Sermon on the Mount, only a mention of it. For a book that attempts to explain who Jesus was, why He died and became famous leaving out His greatest teachings is terrible judgement.

    Also, I understand why O' Reilly and Dugard never refer to Jesus as Jesus Christ. It is a big turn off for people who don't believe He was. The author's believe it's better read and buy the book without the Christ part than to not read it at all. As a practicing Christian I disagree. After all if Jesus wasn't the son of God than He was crazy because He told everyone He was and horrifically abused for it. To surrender the acknowledgement that Jesus was God so people learn His teachings is to surrender His teachings making them pointless.

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    Susan BOONE, NC, United States 01-07-14
    Susan BOONE, NC, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A descriptive account of a touchy topic"
    What did you love best about Killing Jesus?

    I Found that O'Reilly's account was well researched and adequately documented.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the various chapters of the book equally.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Mr. O'Reilly makes his living reporting and he writes as well as he reports verbally.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    Marianne Marshall Big Island of Hawai'i 01-02-14
    Marianne Marshall Big Island of Hawai'i 01-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Mari M.

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    "Moving and full of good information."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Jesus to be better than the print version?

    I liked that the audiobook was recited by Bill O'Reilly. This added an extra bit of enjoyment for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesus - characterized beautifully as both human and divine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jesus berating the moneychangers in the temple.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry both.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill, I have read all of your books and this one is right up there with Killing Kennedy. The details and documentation you presented are fantastic and very inspirational. I would love to see you write something on Mary and Mary Magdalene. Thanks for doing this research for us.

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    Trina Kailua Kona, HI, United States 01-02-14
    Trina Kailua Kona, HI, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great book and just at Christmas time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It tells the story of Jesus and what was happening during the time of Jesus in a way that we can all understand. The story put's you with him sometimes.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill O'Reilly tells the story with excitement and sadness. And he has "foot notes"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me only a couple of days to finish. I could have kept going if 'Well you know.


    Any additional comments?

    a must listen to book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 12-26-13
    John United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great by O'Reilly"
    What did you love best about Killing Jesus?

    The amount of research done on a topic of little know truths. Comes across as thorough and unbiased.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln for obvious reasons.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great story teller with a keen sense of delivery.


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

    All of it. Considering I am an atheist, I think that says a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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