The Shooting Salvationist
- J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America
- Narrated by: R. C. Bray
- Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 17-01-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: steerforth press l.l.c.
Following the death of William Jennings Bryan, Norris was a national figure poised to become the leading fundamentalist in America. This changed, however, in a moment of violence one sweltering Saturday in July when he shot and killed an unarmed man in his church office. Norris was indicted for murder and, if convicted, would be executed in the state of Texas' electric chair.
At a time when newspaper wire services and national retailers were unifying American popular culture as never before, Norris' murder trial was front page news from coast to coast. Set during the Jazz Age, when Prohibition was the law of the land, The Shooting Salvationist leads to a courtroom drama pitting some of the most powerful lawyers of the era against each other with the life of a wildly popular, and equally loathed, religious leader hanging in the balance.
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By Calum I. MacLeod on 08-04-17
The story is not particularly shocking our surprising given when or where it is set, but it is very well written and worth a read.
The real joy is the narration, excellent delineation of characters that makes this audio book top notch. I will probably listen to this book a few times.
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By Nukkles on 17-04-12
Beginnings of the religious right...
What did you love best about The Shooting Salvationist?
The religious history of this period in the southern U.S. was very interesting. Both the author and the reader presented the story in a suspenseful way, and because there was so much detail in the story, even if you already know the history of the religious 'battles' in the early 20th century, you will still be engrossed.
What did you like best about this story?
Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray???s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reactions. The book was very informative and very captivating. Good read.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Robert Scot on 10-05-12
Truly astounding forgotten US history
What made the experience of listening to The Shooting Salvationist the most enjoyable?
The story itself. I believe it's dubbed as the most interesting true story you've never heard. You got that right.
Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I am not used to hearing a Non-fiction book 'acted' out.
He put voices to everyone involved in the case, outside of the case, even those unnamed that had a random quote here and there. It definitely helped bring the people, Ft. Worth, and era back to life. Especially Rev. J. Frank Norris.
Out of curiosity I found some old audio of a few of his sermons to see if Mr. Bray was even close - turns out... he was almost spot on. The delivery of the sermons especially. Firey and passionate. It was hard not to feel like I was in the pews!!
Very well done
Any additional comments?
This was absolutely great. I'm a fan of the shows they put up on A&E and Bio and am always enthralled when a 'new' old story rears its head. (I actually saw the author speak of the book on Book TV before or just after its release). The Shooting Salvationist is one of the most interesting ones I've come across in a long time. Thanks so much to Rev. David R. Stokes for his obvious passion for this part of American history and for his incredible research to bring it to light for the rest of us.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful