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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A narrator of intelligence and ability.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Unable to form an opinion. The female narrator was excruciating, managed less that 2 hours before giving up disgusted. Will continue in book form. Infact, bought 3 copies. No one to irritate me, but myself.
Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Woodward’s performances?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Kill the President?
Any additional comments?
Excellent novel killed by horrible rendition, like listening to an high school girl over acting a script. Never heard an American narrate anything so poor. You'll be irritated beyond belief, if you love the English language.
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What did you like most about To Kill the President?
A plausible and interesting story.
What didn’t you like about Jennifer Woodward’s performance?
Her attempts to "voice" the various characters was, to my ears, strained and irritating. Your experinece may differ.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Rather it made me think.
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Jonathan Freedland, establishment shill that he is, has projected the nightmare fantasy of mainstream liberals that Trump is evil incarnate, and therefore his assassination is justified. Although the hero makes a token effort to stop the assassination, nevertheless the reader/listener is effectively incited to want the killing to succeed, in the way we wish Hitler had been assassinated. Freedland doesn't even try to disguise his presidential character is Trump. The author's political commentary, including his vicious attacks on the anti-war UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is virtually the opposite of Trump but nevertheless also a political outsider, show he is not a normal author, but has an agenda, which is to defend the establishment. Therefore I regard the intention behind this book as dangerous.
That said, it gets humorous in parts. For instance, the assassin reassures himself that only conspiracy nuts will think the assassination is a conspiracy, when in fact that is exactly what it is! Freedland is on record ridiculing JFK conspiracy theorists, yet he can only make his assination story credible by making it a conspiracy.
Otherwise, the narration is excellent.