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It was very intersting how Sabato put this book together. There were many facts that i did not remember and some I knew nothing about that caught my attension. If you are a history buff or not, this is a good listen to learn and review the Kennedy years.
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Would you listen to The Kennedy Half Century again? Why?
I would, in time. It has some depth and length, so I wouldn't call it a page-turner, but if you're interested in the subject matter I can certainly see giving it a repeat listen.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kennedy Half Century?
Sabato's even-handed look at the Nixon crimes and the Kennedy clan's own unethical behavior was interesting. Sabato also details the media's protection of Kennedy, and contrasts that with the present state of the American press. I think Sabato did a good job in highlighting how much questionable behavior by Kennedy has been overlooked even in the modern era, but without using it to disparage his capabilities as a leader or his positive influence.
What didn’t you like about Chris Kayser’s performance?
The performance was problematic for me. The narration was a little "mushy" overall, like he was sitting and speaking too closely into a microphone at times. That was distracting, but wouldn't justify a low rating on its own. My biggest problem was with Kayser's bizarre cadence and timing. He would intermittently pause in sentences that resulted in the impression that Sabato's book was filled with hundreds of randomly placed commas. Frequently, the pauses were soon before or after commas, which Kayser also paused for, making the entire performance disjointed and very confusing if you aren't paying close attention (listening in a car, for example).For example, this sentence would be, the type of issue I am, talking about.
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