• Hear No Evil

  • Scientific Analysis of the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination
  • By: Donald Byron Thomas
  • Narrated by: David Rapkin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-03-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (37 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

David Rapkin’s audio talent brings gravitas to this detailed and extremely well-researched tome, Hear No Evil: Scientific Analysis of the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination, by Donald Byron Thomas. By carefully analyzing the acoustics evidence in the case, Thomas sheds light on the single-bullet theory and offers a fascinating and complex new take on that fateful day in Dallas. With Rapkin’s clear and dispassionate style, listeners will easily soak in the myriad forensic and scientific analyses that help unlock one of the most important mysteries in American history.
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Publisher's Summary

Groundbreaking scientific analysis that breaks the JFK assassination wide open! Did a shot from the "grassy knoll" kill President Kennedy? If so, was Oswald part of a conspiracy or an innocent patsy? Why have scientific experts who examined the evidence failed to put such questions to rest?
In 2001, scientist Dr. Donald Byron Thomas published a peer-reviewed article that revived the debate over the finding by the House Select Committee on Assassinations that there had indeed been a shot from the grassy knoll, caught on a police dictabelt recording. The Washington Post said, "The House Assassinations Committee may well have been right after all." In Hear No Evil, Thomas explains the acoustics evidence in detail, placing it in the context of an analysis of all the scientific evidence in the Kennedy assassination. Revering no sacred cows, he demolishes myths promulgated by both Warren Commission adherents and conspiracy advocates, and presents a novel and compelling reinterpretation of the "single bullet theory." More than a scientific tome, Hear No Evil is a searing indictment of the government's handpicked experts, who failed the public trust to be fair and impartial arbiters of the evidence.
©2013 Donald Byron Thomas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Parrish on 11-20-13

Most Comprehensive Assassination Book To Date

This is undoubtedly the most scientific, unbiased, comprehensive, and convincing account of the details surrounding the JFK assassination. The author approaches this book not by simply setting out to prove or disprove a specific theory, or to offer unsupported conjecture into a case that is already overwhelmingly clouded with opinions, but instead to give a thorough analyzation of the evidence surrounding the assassination.

This book takes the approach of essentially giving a legal approach to the evidence surrounding this case - analyzing what evidence would, and would not hold up in court if Oswald were to have been brought to court. It furthermore continues to follow where the evidence itself leads, to a degree that leaves the reader "beyond reasonable doubt," as would be required in the court of law. The author's words address the known evidence and accounts of the event, as well as addressing popular conjecture, and even facing the opposition to such facts head-on. Each and every statement is supported by scientific evidence, and all work is shown that leaves nothing to the readers assumption or imagination.

I appreciate that this author, as every good scientist would, assesses every 'unknown' about this case within probabilities. It is easy to grow very tired of other conspiracy theorists that claim aspects to be 'indisputable facts,' when it is abundantly clear that the author was not present at the crime, nor is the author privy to any other overwhelming fact. The truth of the matter is, the world may never know for fact the events that took place on this Nov 22nd day, but this author brings into full light - "beyond reasonable doubt" - that the evidence brought about in this book are all compatible with the known circumstances of that day, and that all known evidence has been duly analyzed, all while deciphering how many other theories are entirely incompatible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 05-06-17

Probably better in hard-copy

This book is jam-packed with scientific information about every aspect of the JFK assassination. Getting the most from it requires basic science and, even then, I would have been better off with the hard copy so that I could re-read difficult points. I assume the hard copy book has diagrams which would make a huge difference. If getting though the chapters can sometimes be a struggle, the summaries at the end of each chapter tie it all together in simpler language and are a big plus. Overall, the book is well worth the effort.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G A Johnstone on 10-27-17

Possibly the most accurate book on the subject

A book that takes neither side but just looks at the evidence in a purely scientific way. It analyses the evidence in such a way that has rarely been done before. The depth it goes in to on subjects such as the "magic bullet" and the apparent head movement at the time of the fatal shot is second to none....why didn't the Warren Commission or subsequent hearings go in to this kind of depth? There is also a very good part regarding the police dictabelt recording that the HSCA looked closely at.

It can be very hard to follow when it goes in to very specific calculations but then the conclusions explain it in terms anyone can follow.

It accepts that virtually all the evidence is authentic which might be taking things a little far but it makes sense to do it this way even if it will be to the annoyance of die hard conspiracy theorists. That is not to say that the book is your run of the mill, Oswald did it alone type affair, far from it, but it assumes a lot more than I would be willing to in terms of the validity of some of the exhibits.

Don't expect detailed accounts of Lee Harvey Oswald's time in the Soviet Union, New Orleans or the trip to Mexico, it focuses solely on the evidence.

If you want a balanced retelling of the story based on the evidence and testimony then this is the book for you. Whichever side of the assassination fence you stand, you should get this audio book and forgot what you THINK you know

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lindsay McCombe on 02-23-17

Exceptionally Detailed Book

The book was forensic in its scope and breadth with no stone unturned and from a scientific basis

The narrator has a voice that makes the book a very easy listen on a book that in certain sections is extremely complicated.

Best audio book I have listened to in ages.

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