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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rielle Hunter Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The John Edwards–Rielle Hunter affair made headlines for years. “One of the biggest political scandals of all time,” “a fall from grace,” “a modern-day tragedy”—it’s a story that has been reported, distorted, and spun over and over again by the media, by political aides, by the US government, and by supposed friends. There is, however, someone who actually knows the truth, someone who lived it from day one—the woman at the heart of the story itself: Rielle Hunter.


In What Really Happened, Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met, how their accidental love started and escalated, what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president, the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign, how the affair became public, the extensive cover-up, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

Meet Edwards’ political players and get an intimate look at how they really operated. Learn about the evolution of friends, enablers, and do-gooders, their involvement with the affair and Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, and where the money from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron actually went.

This book doesn’t spin the truth to achieve a prettier picture or a better story. It isn’t about changing anyone’s mind. It’s simply the facts, the truth of what really happened.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Heather | 2/13/2014

    " Read this aloud to someone who has an unusual obsession with Rielle Hunter (surpassed only by her obsession with Bunny Mellon). It is mostly a catalog of salads Hunter ate during the extramarital portion of her affair with John Edwards. When she isn't fondly reminiscing about these exceedingly memorable salads she is making hilarious excuses for her own poor behavior and that of John Edwards. If nothing else, the frequent and obvious typos were riveting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laura | 2/11/2014

    " I just couldn't resist reading this book, but that's two hours I'll never get back! From the 20+ typos, it's obvious that the editors didn't care too much about this book either. Rielle Hunter is a new agey quack job whose purpose was clearly to (1) tell everyone John Edwards did nothing illegal with campaign money, and (2) blame Elizabeth Edwards for John Edwards piece of shit behavior. At the end of today, who cares?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/1/2014

    " This book was literally no more and no less than what I expected. It was fine, considering what it was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Billie Atkins | 1/22/2014

    " Book was very self-serving. Edwards and Hunter deserve each other. Both are very egotistical. Save your money - do NOT buy! "

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About the Author

Rielle Hunter has been writing since 1993 and has studied meditation, yoga, and Eastern philosophies. What Really Happened is her first book. She has one daughter, Frances Quinn.