"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

James L. Swanson, Author, Will Patton, Read by
James L. Swanson, read by Will Patton. Scholastic Audio, unabridged, four CDs, 4 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-0-545-53785-8
Reviewed on: 11/18/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013
Will Patton turns in a winning performance in this audio edition of Swanson's YA history of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The author presents a thorough and gripping account of the assassination of the 35th president of the United States, covering everything from Kennedy's early years and the Cuban Missile Crisis to a detailed account of the terrible events that took place in Dallas on Friday, November 22, 1963. Patton's reading is clean, well paced, and demands listener attention from the very beginning. The narrator's voice has an edge to it—one that hints at the tragedy that is soon to befall Kennedy—and Patton wisely refrains from doing an impression of JFK when reading lines from the president's famous speeches. This audiobook will serve young listeners as an excellent introduction to one of the saddest chapters in American history. A Scholastic hardcover. (Sept.)