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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caroline Kennedy Narrator: Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (interviewer), Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction) Publisher: Hyperion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, with a nation deep in mourning and the world looking on in stunned disbelief, Jacqueline Kennedy found the strength to set aside her own personal grief for the sake of posterity and begin the task of documenting and preserving her husband's legacy. In January of 1964, she and Robert F. Kennedy approved a planned oral-history project that would capture their first-hand accounts of the late president as well as the recollections of those closest to him throughout his extraordinary political career. For the rest of her life, the famously private Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to discuss her memories of those years, but beginning that March, she fulfilled her obligation to future generations of Americans by sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and recording an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy. The tapes of those sessions were then sealed and later deposited in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum upon completion, in accordance with Mrs. Kennedy's wishes.

The resulting eight-and-a-half hours of material comprise a unique and compelling record of a tumultuous era, providing fresh insights on the many significant people and events that shaped JFK's presidency, but also shedding new light on the man behind the momentous decisions.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 2/18/2014

    " Shortly after JFK was assasinated Arthur Schlesinger interviews Jacqueline Kennedy on her husbands career. I found the book boring. To do justice to the book I tried to listen to the CD's that came with book. I went back to the book after the second CD because the sound quality is poor. The book to me is more gossipy then historical. JFK never discussed politics with his wife. Her response was always,"Oh I wasn't there" or "Bobby knows more about that then I do." The best part of the book is the everyday life in the White House with the President and her children. I guess I was looking for more from this book, it disappointed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bj Travis Thomas | 2/16/2014

    " Perused the book as I listened to the CD's. Most amazing to hear Jackie Kennedy's voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Jacqueline Kennedy was mischaracterized by many who believed she was too classy for the White House. In her conversations with Schlesinger, she reveals that she did her utmost to make a comfortable homelife for the President and their two small children. I liked her candid responses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesliebasney | 2/12/2014

    " She was 34 when JFK was killed, 10 years married, 2 children and 2 stillborn babies. What an life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/30/2014

    " Good read, interesting to see Jackie's role during the presidential years. Listened to some of the CDs too - fascinating to hear her voice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 1/22/2014

    " Fascination with the Kennedy family and feeling kinship with Caroline Kennedy who is the same age as me led me to read this book after seeing an interview with Caroline. I found it to be a very interesting read, an inside, behind-the-door look at JFK, the man and the president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marye Jayne | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the written book more than the tapes. Though it was nice to hear her voice and the way she talked "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/5/2014

    " Fascinating to hear Jackie talk about her life with JFK. You have to get past her very traditional gender roles and just listen to how much she truly loved her life with him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wurtsboroboy | 1/2/2014

    " This was really not what I expected. It was actually pretty boring. Mostly it's Jackie commenting on political figures, and decisions JFK made.Nothing about the assassination, family or friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekkie Renk | 11/30/2013

    " Footnotes really help the reader understand whom/what they are referencing in the interview. An interesting look behind the scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Name Laurie | 8/27/2013

    " Must listen to this book on CD to hear Jackie as she speaks. Her voice is mezmerizing! Jackie's ignorance or choosing to ignore JFK's affairs is till puzzling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Gressley | 7/25/2013

    " I enjoyed reading the book but there was times it did not hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 7/2/2013

    " Context for her comments are key. On the audio version JKO's voice and the back ground sounds give insights to the times and a reflection of the former first lady's thought processes and family far beyond a visual reading. The icon becomes human through her revelations. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 6/14/2013

    " A fascinating look into the politics and players of the 60's and into the mind of Jackie Kennedy. Listen to the DVD, but have the book by your side. You will need to pause the DVD to read the footnotes, but it is well worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 3/10/2013

    " I enjoyed listening to Mrs. Kennedy talk about the 1950s and 1960s because of the history of the time. Many of the pople I didn't know but it gave me insight as to how it is to be first lady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/21/2012

    " I loved listening to her voice. Her candor was always so high class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Hoban | 9/7/2012

    " I found the book very interesting and the footnotes very helpful but after reading got the audiobook. It was was so amazing to listen to Jackie speak for hours. What a wonderful lady and I learned so much about JFK. I think to get the most out of the book you need to both read and listen to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri Rushing | 6/4/2012

    " Disappointing...expected more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 6/3/2012

    " You have to pick and choose exactly which conversations to read. Many are about obscure politicians that go on and on. On the positive side these are totally honest opinions we don't often see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 2/6/2012

    " I was so intrigued by this book - and thoroughly disappointed. It was hard to hear key sentences and I felt it needed more of a conclusion. "

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About the Author
Author Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times bestselling A Patriot’s Handbook, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, A Family Christmas, and the coauthor of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense. She serves as the vice chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City and president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She lives in New York City.