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Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later Radio/TV Program

Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

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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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    Tracy T Trenton,USA 03-09-17
    Tracy T Trenton,USA 03-09-17
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    "Great audio book love Diane Sawyer"

    Good from start to finish, and very informative. There were some people I never knew about.

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    Toni Vargo 02-23-17
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    "very good listen"

    A good unbiased look at one the first of many events in the 60s that changed America.

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    RapaciousReader Carlsbad, CA 02-07-17
    RapaciousReader Carlsbad, CA 02-07-17 Member Since 2012

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    "A must listen for all Americans"

    Beautifully arranged story about one of the most tragic events in American history. Archived news breaks, interviews and little known facts and observations.

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    dave 01-17-17
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    "ABC advert"

    while I, like most, have been intrigued by the assassination of JFK, I found this to be more about ABC's coverage rather than the event itself.

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    L. Carlson 10-27-15
    L. Carlson 10-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great history"

    This piece provides an insight and detail never heard before. Some original recordings from ABC and unique interviews never heard before. It doesn't focus on conspiracy theories, but the facts as they happened that day.

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    mander1383 Colorado 09-14-15
    mander1383 Colorado 09-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Fresh Approach"
    What made the experience of listening to Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later the most enjoyable?

    This ABC special doesn't dive into the conspiracy theories or political agendas - they stick with first hand accounts and information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The radio clips and interviews from the day of the assassination and following weeks make this story unlike anything I've ever heard. The different interviews from the hospital to Oswald's landlord are unexpected, but incredibly interesting.


    What about Diane Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    Clear and informative.


    Any additional comments?

    As a millennial, I have no first hand experience of life 50 years ago. My parents were babies in 1963. Unfortunately, my knowledge is gained through books and movies because our history teachers did such a poor job. I am greatly appreciative of information like this that give a first hand account as if I were there all those years ago.

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    Neta Kay Taylor Huntsville, Alabama 09-14-15
    Neta Kay Taylor Huntsville, Alabama 09-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing"

    Brought back memories. Very informative and entertaining. Recommend for all interested Americans. Fact based book.

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    James Paris Michigan 08-30-15
    James Paris Michigan 08-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very good book!"

    This is a very good compendium about the assassination of President Kennedy. I liked it because it had a lot of the actual news coverage from the day. I highly recommend this for anyone who has an interest in the events of November 22, 1963.

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    It remains me of a very hard time. I was eight when he died! I miss him.

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    Renae Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 08-17-15
    Renae Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 08-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Remembering that historic day when I was 15"

    Listening. to the broadcasts and commentary took me back to my sophomore year when I heard about Pres. Kennedy's assassination like ni other documentary I have researched. Many of the same emotions resurfaced and I realized why I thought there was hope for his survival when there was not. Good insights. Fascinating and frustrating still.

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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.


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  • Mark Lynch
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    "Cheerleaders for the Warren Commission"

    ABC radios 50th anniversary romp through the audio archive of the dreadful JFK assassination. As a previous reviewer has already noted there is nothing new revealed.
    Diane Sawyer sticks very much to the official party line and Earl Warren if he were still alive today would certainly have approved of and enjoyed this show. Another controlled main stream media masterpiece, no wonder they gave it away for free.

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    "brings back many memories"

    enjoyed listening to the various interviews. I remember I was in cinema when they interrupted the film to announce that JFK was dead


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  • Paul Gunter
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    Loved this book very well narrated. Produced to a very high standard very fitting for this amazing man.

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  • Frankimunk
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    "Really does take you back"

    If you weren't there you may not relate so much as the people who do remember. I can remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and how this tragic event in our history affected the world so mu h, so very much.

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  • S. Corner
    2/19/16
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    "very easy to listen to and fascinating"

    I have not read anything on Kennedy before but this was very enjoyable and easy to listen to. Kept me interested and very up to date.

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  • MR PETER G BELL
    10/2/15
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    "Fascinating, captivating, spellbinding"

    'Three Shots Rang Out' is a treasure trove of firsthand experiences not heard before. Fascinating, captivating, and not the same old handful of well known snippets. These are not the secondhand or third hand stories that we've all been brought up on. These are true accounts from the people that were actually there. Superb!

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  • Lynda Kelly
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    "Fascinating"

    I had never heard all of JFK's funeral so very interesting indeed to this Brit

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  • mojo1976
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    "Great overview"

    Great overview of the day and subsequent events surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Live recordings of the news casts made this very interesting.

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  • Michelle
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    "Very clear account of this moment in history"
    What made the experience of listening to Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later the most enjoyable?

    It was a very clear account of the events surrounding the shooting


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

    The graphic details of the moment the shots rang out


    What about Diane Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice


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

    At the time I wondered if I would listen to the whole story in one sitting, but I put it on my headphones while relaxing in bed and before I knew it the end had arrived


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