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Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr., by William Sylvester Noonan Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Sylvester Noonan Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For twenty-five years William Noonan and John F. Kennedy, Jr. were best friends. Sharing an adolescence in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, the two frequented beach bonfires and the Monday-night yacht-club dances, took road trips, shared albums, sneaked cigarettes on the widow’s walk of John’s house, and scored beer together. And as they grew older, John and Billy never lost the connection they forged in the Kennedy compound as two young boys who had both tragically lost their fathers.

A humble and touching memoir, Forever Young uncovers the private John F. Kennedy, Jr., from the matchless vantage point of a longtime childhood friend. Forever Young is packed with never revealed details of John and Carolyn Bessette’s courtship and wedding, the launch of George, John’s unusually close relationship with his mother Jackie, and the heartbreaking aftermath of the plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard that killed John, Carolyn, and Carolyn’s sister. Noonan also shares the more ribald episodes, including John’s many famous conquests, skirmishes with paparazzi, and his stint as People’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” The definitive story of the son of Camelot, Forever Young is a touching and revelatory tribute to a friendship between two men—and a life cut devastatingly short.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Noonan’s] frank but loyal memoir is an engrossing trip that covers the ’70s and early ’80s, when their crowd partied hard and John’s life was full of promise.”


  • “Grupper’s fluid, impartial delivery allows the material to speak for itself, resulting in an audio that is both easy to enjoy and easy to debate…A portrait of a flawed but intelligent individual who continually struggled under the weight of his legacy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Could not be more engaging…Adam Grupper is a marvelous interpreter of Kennedy’s story—understated but not dull, and conveying a tone that perfectly evokes Billy Noonan talking at various stages of his relationship with the departed icon.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Allison | 12/23/2013

    " Good book on someone who knew him closely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Kay | 11/29/2013

    " Dealing with one of my favorite subjects [John Jr.], this book was very enjoyable. It was good to read what someone who actually knew him well wrote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Barb | 9/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The Kennedy Family has always been a mystery. The tragedy that this family has lived through is heart-breaking. This book made me both and smile and weep.. I loved this beautiful young man... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Joann Williams | 9/6/2013

    " A truly heart warming look into John's life we didn't see before. "

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About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in such films as Two Weeks Notice and It Runs in the Family and on television in The Sopranos, Hack, Third Watch, Now and Again, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: SVU.