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Killing Reagan Audiobook

Killing Reagan

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From the best-selling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, an epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power - and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable - or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House where he presided over boom years and the fall of the iron curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions. In Killing Reagan, O'Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes, creating an unforgettable portrait of a great man operating in violent times.

©2015 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    "Surprisingly Good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a good account of the Reagan years and a good way to look at a Presidency that is so often misunderstood. Both authors write in an engaging and journalistic way. The section on the Falklands is nicely balanced and one of the best descriptions of the sinking of HMS Sheffield I have come across.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The authors are actually a surprise. O'Reilly is best known for being the "beast of Fox News" and here there are certainly some right wing nuances, that said I found myself appreciating his passion and the power of the argument even if every way of looking at problem or issue I don't agree with,


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

    No - three sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they would look at the FDR years as well. See what they make of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 05/02/2016
    Paul 05/02/2016

    Male, Irish, Married ( to a guy), 40ish, business owner. I tend to try to squeeze books in while in the car driving.

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    "More than just about Regan"
    Would you listen to Killing Reagan again? Why?

    So I picked this book because of the other high ratings, I was a teen when Regan was president, and i didn't approve of a few of his choices or moves, but I was intrigued by his popularity.The book was interesting because it went of in tangents to describe other events happening world wide during episodes of Regan's life and presidency. My only gripe, is that I googled Bill o Reilly and this book after purchasing it, and there are claims that a lot of the content was fabricated or embellished, and during particular points in the book i was left wondering if this was the writer simply being creative. Either way, I got through it and enjoyed it.. Worth a listen


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seattle Washington
    29/09/15
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    "Kiliing Reagan"
    Where does Killing Reagan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like others in the O'Reilly, Martin Dugard series, this book is full of research that tells the reader things we didn't know or some of us only suspected. It will take me some time to fully digest and separate the public Ronald Reagan from the historical facts in the book. I'm sure that some people may be put off by some of the material but I found it thought provoking and very timely considering a Presidential election is on the horizon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Reagan?

    The entire book was captivating and had be either shaking my head in disbelief or nodding in confirmation that I got things right when they were happening. I am a Ronald Reagan fan but I now need to revaluate some of the reasons why.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff and Bill O'Reilly ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have read or listened to all of Bill O' Reilly's books. The research done by Martin Dugard is truly brilliant and give the reader insight that go beyond the sound bites and fluffed up images we form our opinions on. It is no surprise the Bill started off and a teacher and still is; he just has a bigger class room now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Acting The Part


    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    Holland, TX, United States
    02/11/15
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    "Ronnie Rat"

    Well, I’m dubious about disagreeing with so many O’Reilly fans but this book is flawed. I’m glad someone finally revealed the old guy’s secret peccadillos but the authors took it too far. It’s Ronald Reagan from the dark side, his shadow self. If a man’s biography amounts to the accumulation of his peculiarities and weaknesses, and also those his wife’s, then this is acceptable biography. I once heard O’Reilly comment, “Reagan was not a phony.” You’d never infer that from this book. I’m not a gushing fan of Reagan by any means, as are some, and I like Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Their book Killing Lincoln was an excellent read. And I’m old enough to recall Reagan’s sending Marines to Lebanon to stand guard without guns or ammunition . . . until one day BOOM went the bomb. A baby would have known better. I still recall his administration calling ketchup a vegetable in school lunch programs, and other such silly stuff. Ronald Reagan could bumble around, no doubt—I remember it. Famous persons ought to be biographized as if sitting in their underwear, we all agree, but this is a life of Ron and Nancy written as a chain of egoistic, self-serving calculations, one following another. Dwelling excessively on negatives warps perspective as much as uncritical reverence. Sorry, all you “killing” book fans—this book is two-dimensional history. The softer side of the president, his hugging relatives of the space shuttle disaster with sincere warmth, his change of mind about AIDs sufferers and admitting he was wrong in a public service announcement, his resisting his daughter’s heart-to-heart talk about the arms race, his diary entries in which he struggles to forgive John Hinckley, and earlier—his going to bat for unfairly-treated Hollywood actors, are all left out. I once read that Reagan nearly punched Lee Marvin when Marvin demanded an actress be fired from the set. Ronald Reagan had positive dimensions, too. Furthermore, the book is not exclusively about “killing Reagan,” although there are chapters on the assassination attempt. It’s a selective biography of Reagan from his arrival in Los Angeles through to his death. It is a book of chosen scenes, threaded together by a narrative which moves along briskly, no doubt well-researched, nearly all of which are hyper-critical of their subject. That’s it in the nutshell. Perhaps the authors wanted to avoid even a whisper of political bias? That is my guess for an explanation. If so, they succeeded in spades.

    This is a worthwhile book even if an imperfect one. I say, read it with its flaws in mind. Stop already with the indiscriminate acceptance of O’Reilly’s and Dugard’s work. Those “killing” books have become for some like ringing bells were to Pavlov’s dogs. These are good books but not the last word on their subjects. Break the conditioning by stepping back and thinking critically.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
    SMYRNA, GA, United States
    26/09/15
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    "another really book"

    I have gone through all of Bill O'Reilly's and Martin Dugard's books and enjoyed each one.... can't wait to see what they come up with next...

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
    24/09/15
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    "Great narrator!"

    When the book began I was disappointed that O'Reilly was not the narrator, but aft a few moments I began to notice how good this narrator was.

    Again, this was a wonderful history book narrated as a story. Unlike most history books that are dry as cracker juice, Killing Reagan relives the events and the listener feels the excitement and all the emotions

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Spurlock
    Orange County, CA
    01/10/15
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    "Patriot story"

    Eveeeery decade or so a person will profoundly affect everyone's life in a good way. Reagan was one of those iconic leaders this country needed badly at the time. Few can rationally deny the good he brought to our country. This story reinforces that period of time to remember how great Reagan was, but provides the details that fills in the blanks often wondered. The research about Reagan was stellar, almost making you feel you were there, with details that amaze. A good read.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/09/15
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    "Another Winner for Bill and Martin"

    A little hard on Nancy but overall a great informative book. Well worth reading. It met all expectations. It left out some great stories about him and his wit and ability to win people over and his relationship with Tip O'Neil I learned a lot.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    Goshen, IN, United States
    23/09/15
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    "Psycho shoots the Great Communicator~4 STARS~"

    PLOT: close up look at Ronald Regan and the attempt to kill him by John Hinkley Junior.
    **Bill O'Reilly ONLY narrates the introduction. **

    This bio starts when divorced actor Ronald Wilson Regan meets actress Nancy Davis He is a very fit rugged Hollywood bachelor. His involvement with actress Nancy Davis results in her becoming pregnant and they end up married. With the advent of Television~ Regan's movie career is waning. He makes the move to Television and becomes the host of "GE Theatre". This also makes him wealthy. His increasing conservative views has his switch from democrat to republican. He enters politics with a successful bid as the Governor of California. His is labeled "the Great Communicator" due to his wonderful speaking voice. Nancy is described as a devoted but very "controlling wife.". When Regan is elected president. Nancy "retains" their own private PSYCHIC CONSULTANT for $3,000 a month. The Regan's Children ~ Ronnie Junior and Patty Davis both rebel against the "establishment" in the 1960s. Patty is openly critical of both her parents and blames them for the unhappiness in her life.
    Enter John Hinkley Junior. A depressed and moody man who has had mental issues dating from his childhood. He is unable to hold a job and is dependent on his parents for financial support. After seeing the movie Taxi Driver his new 'obsession' is actress Jodi Foster. Sending her endless love letters and even calls her on the phone and stalks her at her college dorm. He makes plans to "impress her" by shooting someone. Hinkley acquires a gun and moves forward in his plans and Regan becomes his TARGET. Hinkley fires and hits Regan In his chest and hits 3 other people in his bid to kill Regan. This is very well done in the details of Regan's recovery. Regan is elected for a second term but has increased "memory issues."
    Hinkley is found insane and moved into a mental hospital where he can play his guitar, watch tv and keep his hair long and shaggy and continues his obsession with Foster.
    This bio also includes Regans close friendship with Margaret Thatcher. Regan's memory issues are finally diagnosed as Alzheimer's which eventually ends his life. This is a very good bio. Regan has both charm and even humor. Nancy is very clearly disliked by everyone but Regan. Narrated by Martin Dugard who does a fair/good job with narration but I personally would have preferred Bill O'Reilly to narrate his own books.The content and story keep us interested. I give this 4 STAR over all and 3 on narration/performance. Great look at the fascinating charismatic Ronald Regan.

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • gerri carroll
    09/10/15
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    "A real president"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone We have forgotten what leadership is because we have no examples today.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff and Bill O'Reilly ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all outstanding


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Don B.
    29/09/15
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    "Reagan Enters The No Spin Zone"

    O'Reilly and Dugard bring no spin reality to the many events of this era and in doing so, simultaneously humanize Reagan while elevating his standing in history even further, along with that of the woman behind the man, Nancy Reagan.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • John W. Samples
    Noblesville, IN USA
    26/09/15
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    "Not what I expected"

    This was compelling, both in its beautiful, touching moments, and in the revelation of back stories that I might well have preferred not to know. The delivery was a big part of what held me; the hints of impersonation of famous voices—executed without any cartooning whatsoever—was marvelous.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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