• Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition

  • JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case
  • By: James DiEugenio
  • Narrated by: Paul Neal Rohrer
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition

By: James DiEugenio
Narrated by: Paul Neal Rohrer
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Publisher's Summary

If you thought you already knew everything there was to know about the Kennedy assassination, think again.

If you enjoyed the chilling experience of In Cold Blood and were at the edge of your seat while watching Oliver Stone’s JFK, you’ll love this investigative look into all the facets of one of the top conspiracies of the 20th century and beyond. DiEugenio, who has spent decades researching the Kennedy assassination, takes both an analytical and conversational approach to his fascinating exploration of the pivotal historical events and scandals surrounding that day.

Twenty years after the first edition of Destiny Betrayed, DiEugenio is back with his ever-expanding investigation into the life and death of JFK. But this is no simple reissue. It is a greatly revised and expanded version of the original book, including updates on all the topics it introduced back in 1992. DiEugenio has used the declassification process of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) to obtain the most current information on topics like the Garrison investigation and Clay Shaw; the newly exposed fallacies of the Warren Commission; U.S.-Cuban policy from 1957 to 1963; Kennedy's withdrawal plan from Vietnam; Kennedy's challenge to the Cold War consensus in 1961, and where those ideas originated; the ARRB medical inquiry demonstrating conspiracy and cover up; and the problems with the investigation of the Kennedy case. DiEugenio’s primary focus is on the Garrison inquiry, the New Orleans aspects of the Kennedy murder investigation, and the revelatory new information that bolsters Garrison’s case and has been withheld from the public.

All of this and more is contained in the narrative of this complex crime, with twin focuses on the victim, John F. Kennedy, and the investigator, Jim Garrison.

©1992, 2012 James DiEugenio (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Essential Book but Narration Almost Ruins it

Would you listen to Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition again? Why?

No. This is a book I will go back to but I will read my paperback edition

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jim Garrison. An American hero. It's amazing how much his investigation uncovered and a tragedy that so many of his files have been destroyed or lost.

How could the performance have been better?

Let me count the ways. It almost seems like he is deliberately trying to sabotage Jim's terrific book. I don't know what kind of say Jim has in choosing narrators for his audio-books but I'm so glad he got someone else for "Reclaiming Parkland." I wish Jim had read this himself. First there are the mispronunciations. Then there are the impressions and accents. Every time there is a quote this guy does it in a highly distracting vocal impression. And they are just awful. Absolutely painful to listen to.

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

I almost gave up several times because of the narration.

Any additional comments?

This is the worst narrated book I have ever listened to. I have listened to hundreds of audio books and there have been some poor narrators along the way. The main problem usually is mispronunciations of names. But this guy Rohrer takes the cake! Maybe he does a good job with other books but he was a terrible choice for this one.

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I'm trying so hard to listen

I don't know if I'll listen to this. The first JFK impersonation might have been tolerable if I'd never heard the actual man speak. But I did and, although he's giving a good effort, the dialogue by the different important people in the narrative is too distracting. Each rendition of JFK speaking is making me angrier at the disruption and it's impossible to listen to the story. A straight reading would have been much more enjoyable.

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Narrator did pronounce 'New Orleans' correctly.

Authors should have several people read book recorded before picking narrator. This one ruined book.

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OMG, get someone else to narrate this.

What made the experience of listening to Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition the most enjoyable?

The content, very well laid out and considered.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Neal Rohrer?

Anyone who does a better Kennedy impression than this guy, the really super awkward voices were jarring. For basic narration he was fine.

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

23 hours is kind of long to listen to anything in one sitting :-)

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Interesting book, annoying reader.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Filled with information that doesn't often get attention in the mainstream media.

If you’ve listened to books by James DiEugenio before, how does this one compare?

It's my first book by this author, so... moot point.

What didn’t you like about Paul Neal Rohrer’s performance?

Most annoying is his apparent need to do an accent or voice impression for every figure or character in the book. His accents are terrible, his JFK impression is laughably, cartoonishly bad. For some reason reason, he decides to give Jim Garrison a heavy, HEAVY Southern accent he didn't have in real life.

And although he generally speaks well and has a nice voice (when he's not doing those terrible accents, anyway), he routinely mispronounces names and common words. It's jarring.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Sure.

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What’s my motivation?

Good content, really worth while and informative. However, the narrator has obviously approached his task as if he were suffering from schizophrenia. The accents. The acting. The shame! The narrator’s performance compels me to laugh at various parts of this book which are not humorous.
Solely because of this bizarre performance (and certainly not the content), the performance should be called, “The Muppets Solve The Assassination”

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The impersonations!!!!!!

I enjoy Jim DiEugenio’s work and having read this book I went into listening to the audiobook with some excitement... the reading is pretty good until you hit the impersonations of JFK, Johnson, Nixon and others. Holy moly! In my opinion the impersonations are just not in tune with the character of the text.

Anyhow, Destiny Betrayed is an important book and I would recommend reading it. If you don’t have time for that, go ahead and listen but prepare yourself for a horrendous Kennedy imitation to appear here and there.

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This book starts with the premise that the CIA/Military Industrial Complex was behind the JFK assassination. It does not offer an explanation for how Oswald became involved. Or if he become involved? Or maybe he was a patsy? The book does not have a coherent theory regarding Oswald.You really can't write a truly worthwhile JFK assassination book without addressing Oswald's role. This book doesn't even try. The narration is awful. Especially early in the book.

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Great Book Destroyed By Bad Acting

Would you try another book from James DiEugenio and/or Paul Neal Rohrer?

Yes but only if James DiEugenio did NOT try and act out all the different characters in the book. He's terrible at this. Perhaps it wasn't his idea because when he is simply narrating the book is GREAT. As soon as he is made to act, the whole book falls apart.

What did you like best about this story?

It's the first book to cast a light on the inciting events of the past that led to Kennedy's untimely end.

How could the performance have been better?

James DiEugenio should NOT act out various roles. It destroyed the book for me. It's distracting, annoying and ultimately just plain bad.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is great. But why the director or actor decided to try vocal characterizations is beyond me. Could no one hear how distracting this was when they played back a take?

Any additional comments?

Audio books don't need a lot of voice acting. The readers natural voice should be more than enough.

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Narration Makes Mockery Of The Material

The pathetic and totally unprofessional narration of this book makes a complete mockery of the material. Apart from the abysmal and cartoonish attempts at imitating voices and accents, the narrator demonstrates a complete lack of familiarity with the material, the persons referenced or any context.

I would not only not recommend this title, I would actively advise it be avoided. I only wish I could ask for a refund. This audiobook was profoundly disappointing and complete waste of time.

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  • Kris Shadbolt
  • 05-31-19

Interesting but distracting

I've read quite a few books on the assassination of JFK and this book was able to provide information that I have never come across before.
It is a very in depth look at what happened and gives a tonne of background information.
The only downside is the narrators insistence on doing over the top impressions when reading quotes (especially those of JFK, Nixon and worst of all Martina Oswald), this makes it very distracting and completely pulls your attention away from the facts being presented.

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  • Chris B
  • 02-05-21

A masterpiece of truth in regard to the JFK assassination.

An exceptionally well written book about those responsible for the murder of America’s 35th president and the cover up that ensued in the aftermath. I dread to think how many hours went into organising this and writing this comprehensive book.
Well worth the money.

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  • JR H.
  • 06-25-19

Why oh why?

Am a total Kennedy nut and have read/listened to a large number of them. This one looked really good as it goes back to the formation of the CIA after ww2, it's development and spheres of influence before even starting on JFK. THEN WHY FOR GODS SAKE LET THE NARRATOR ATTEMPT IMPERSONATIONS OF ALL CHARACTERS? It totally makes the book ridiculous and I gave up after chapter 4. It wouldn't be so bad if he was any good but he is rubbish. Not impressed and very let down.

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  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
  • 05-03-17

JFK Story Reveiled

What did you like most about Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition?

Stunning insight into the background of the JFK story from Cuba to Assassination. Truly enlightening, and much of the Jim Garrison enquiry is brought to the fore and explained why deliberate attempts to undermine his case was instigated. No attempt to force you to accept the evidence, but what is written is quite compelling. 5star+

What other book might you compare Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition to, and why?

Several, but the JFK books all have their own angle, and I have read or listened to quite a number from both sides of the argument. This book however sets out the Garrison vs Warren Commission Investigations in its true colours.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The were so many moments within the book that raised my eyebrow, and facts that I had not been made aware of prior to listening to this audio book; and the fact that newly uncovered material played a part in proving Garrison's case is eye-opening.

Any additional comments?

Superb book. Narration a little off when accents of people are attempted; but thankfully it is the material and subject that holds the readers ear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-22

WHAT THE HOLY ××××......

What on earth was that???????. I can not believe the editor listened to the same version of this book that we have listed to and agreed to make this public. Either that or he was still half p***ed from the night before. An absolutely fantastic book has been completely destroyed by some very bizarre and extremely bad impersonations.
I truly am lost for words. Sadly the voice actor wasn't.

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  • Craig
  • 08-09-22

Stop!

Interesting book, but wish the narrator would give it a rest with the god awful impersonations

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-22

Interesting subject spoiled by acting rather than narrating

After listening to the beginning few chapters I think it would be easier to just read the book myself. The impersonations of various persons makes me laugh out loud and I am sure that was not the authors intention when writing this book. Books on historical and political subjects should rather be narrated than acting out the persons. I will probably listen to the rest of the book, but take care not to listen to other books with this narrator. The performance should be without a star.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-13-21

Ok but...

Good book, with good insight. Narrator was generally OK but sounded like the mayor from The Simpsons when speaking as Kennedy. A bit off-putting particularly in the early chapters where a lot of Kennedy's policies are explored..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-21

informative listen

brilliant all round, really enjoyed it, narrator was fine bit dodgy with the accents though.