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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (658 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli Narrator: Beth Fowler Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834745
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Over the years there have been many books published about the Kennedy family, individually and collectively. But only this audio book provides a powerful and detailed look at the complex relationships shared between the three women who were not born Kennedy but who married into the family: Jackie Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett. For each of the Kennedy wives, the Camelot years provided an entirely different experience of life lessons. These were the years when Jackie's dreams became reality, but at a hefty price. For Ethel, these were years of frustration where her dreams of being First Lady were dashed and she sank into a deep depression. For Joan, her years as a Kennedy wife were the most confusing of her life, and she is now a recovering alcoholic. This fascinating story is set against a panorama of explosive American history, as the women cope with Jack's and Bobby's alleged affairs with Marilyn Monroe, their tragic assassinations, and other tragedies and scandals. Whether dealing with their husbands' blatant infidelities, stumping for their many political campaigns, touring the world to promote their family's legacy or raising their children, the Kennedy wives did it all with grace, style, and dignity. In the end, JACKIE, ETHEL, JOAN is a story of redemption and great courage. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provides surprisingly three-dimensional portraits of queenly Jackie, sharp-tongued Ethel, sensitive alcoholic Joan and their complex relationships with one another.”

    People

  • “This book is the first to really examine the relationships between the three Kennedy wives, all so different, yet all with one tragic, common bond.”

    New York Post

  • “There are enough tantalizing interpersonal scenes to keep even the most experienced Kennedy water alert…The comfortable pace, coupled with a rich reading by Beth Fowler, makes this a necessary purchase.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Gomez | 2/13/2014

    " Long, but if you can get through it, it's an interesting family history about a very famous American family. Our closest thing to royalty, in some ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shonny | 2/13/2014

    " I think I liked this book, but really don't remember as I read it about 10 years ago. I just wanted to include it on my list of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/3/2014

    " Loved! Of course it is one of my favorite subjects. Very easy to read bio on the three Kennedy wives. A good balance between the 3 as they intertwine. I would say Joan gets the short end of the stick but not by much. Can't wait to start After Camelot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/28/2014

    " They always say great men have great women behind them. That is an understatement for these three women. I always admired Jackie, but now I have admiration for Ethel and Joan as well. They are incredible, and this book gave so much insight as to what all they did for their marriages. Wow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Prochaska | 1/22/2014

    " I read this one a few years ago and just reread it...it's a guilty pleasure. Great real-life soap opera! Good Christmas vacation read! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " amazing insight on the "camelot" era shows true insight to the Kennedy men and their wives "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book about the Kennedy wives. It chronicles their relationships to each other and how they handled all the difficult situations in their lives. I was especially interested in Joan Kennedy, whom I didn't know much about, and I found her story particularly tragic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlene | 1/14/2014

    " interesting and worth the read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/14/2014

    " It took a lot of willpower for me to finish this one. Obviously, the subjects were interesting, but 624 pages was flatly self indulgent. It would have been a better book if it were 200 pages lighter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/6/2014

    " It has been awhile since I read this book but I remember it being very well done and I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Kennedy's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty | 12/30/2013

    " Loved this book and so appreciate the time and effort that went into this well researched and documented book. Highly recommend this fast paced look into the lives of these three stand-out Kennedy women and their place in history as well as their relationship with each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Look | 12/26/2013

    " Great biography of these 3 historic women and the interesting relationship between them....easy and interesting read !!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/16/2013

    " I would give it a 3.5 if that was an option. Definitely extremely interesting perspective and different to learn about everything from angle of the sister in laws. I learned a lot. I just thought it was too long and very repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/26/2013

    " Very well written. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/13/2013

    " This was one of the first books I've read about the Kennedys although they are still talked about today. It was interesting to learn all that these women had to endure in their position of power and how much they had to suffer as a result of the power the family held "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Wilson | 10/18/2012

    " Interesting to read and see how the Kennedy dynamic worked for these women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 7/11/2012

    " Hard to believe what these three women went through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/6/2012

    " What amazing women with amazing stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Lundberg | 2/22/2012

    " I found this to be a very interesting read. I knew very little about Ethel and Joan Kennedy so I enjoyed reading about them as well as Jackie. I find myself fascinated by the Kennedy family, by Jackie and the 1950s and 1960s in general so this book really was an enjoyable read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 1/21/2012

    " A glamorous, envy-worthy group with such sad endings. These strong women were not deserving of the shame their husbands cast and the husbands were certainly not worthy of these women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/5/2011

    " So juicy! I've always been intrigued by the Kennedy family, but this book focuses on the wives! I never thought it would be SO GOOD! It's better than any soap opera! If you love reading about women and you love a good juicy story, read this true tale!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 6/12/2011

    " Very good read about the Kennedy wives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/27/2010

    " Interesting to read and see how the Kennedy dynamic worked for these women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/24/2010

    " This was surprisingly good. It's a big book so it took a while to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tmorlok | 6/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this and kept it in my permanent library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/13/2010

    " So juicy! I've always been intrigued by the Kennedy family, but this book focuses on the wives! I never thought it would be SO GOOD! It's better than any soap opera! If you love reading about women and you love a good juicy story, read this true tale!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 5/5/2010

    " Very good book. I really enjoyed it. Ethel is something else-surprised me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 5/6/2009

    " Had to return to library. no more renewals. Will retrieve asap. was on page 352/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/22/2009

    " Long, but if you can get through it, it's an interesting family history about a very famous American family. Our closest thing to royalty, in some ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 4/4/2009

    " This was one of the first books I've read about the Kennedys although they are still talked about today. It was interesting to learn all that these women had to endure in their position of power and how much they had to suffer as a result of the power the family held "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 4/3/2009

    " Lots of license was taken in writing this book, but it's so intriguing. You won't be able to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/19/2009

    " What amazing women with amazing stories! "

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About the Author

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Call Her Miss Ross; Michael Jackson; Sinatra; Madonna; Jackie, Ethel, Joan; and Elizabeth. The Los Angeles writer is not only a respected journalist but also a recognizable entertainment personality and in-demand guest on many television programs, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and CNN Headline News. Additionally, he works for CBS News as a news analyst.

About the Narrator

Beth Fowler’s Broadway performances include Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, Baby, Teddy and Alice, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Take Me Along, Peter Pan, and A Little Music. Beth can be seen on television in Law & Order, Loving, and Another World, and in both Sister Act films.