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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: June 2012 ISBN: 9781470832605
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adi4826 | 1/17/2014

    " A dreadful cast of characters, hideous writing and a complete absence of editorial input! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 1/14/2014

    " Most typos I've ever seen in a book. My red pen finger was twitching. Interesting to read after having read The Politician. Someone's/everyone's lying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan Rabin | 12/29/2013

    " I have never read a book that inspired such intense Schadendfreude. Every page gave me a powerfu new reason to despise Hunter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arianelabajata | 12/13/2013

    " I was curious to read this book all because of Senator Edwards and how did he end up to have a sleazy affair to Rielle Hunter. I don't get it, this girl is delusional and narcissistic. I did not finished this book because I feel for Elizabeth Edwards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MountainShelby | 12/5/2013

    " This book should have been called "Confessions of a Delusional Diva." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy Shoemake | 12/2/2013

    " Don't waste your energy to read this pre madonna live in her false sense of reality. I have no respect for a person that wants to share her "truth" in the role of a mistress and bash the true wife (as imperfect as any relationship is). LOSER "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/25/2013

    " I'm not a Democrat or liberal in any form but I was curious about the book since I remember the story in the media a few years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Stephens | 6/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I do not know who is telling the truth but I like how she told her story. I think no matter what it is good to remember we are all human. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malina | 5/12/2013

    " No, I did NOT pay money for this book-- nor would I!!! What a bunch of losers "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 3/22/2013

    " Wow. This woman is so dumb and deluded that I actually would feel sorry for her if she weren't so intent on trashing so many other people! Good for Cate for finally giving John Edwards the ultimatum to cut her out of their lives! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/19/2013

    " Not well written, but it gives the reader a view of John and Elizabeth Edwards' marriage that allows for some compassion for John. Not surprisingly, what we see in the media just isn't the whole story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 2/13/2013

    " This book was the last piece to this unending media storm of John Edwards and his private life made public. I read this book to see who this 'other' woman was inside. Although I don't necessarily agree with the choices Hunter made, the book shared a new side to the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/5/2012

    " I am giving it one star because at least she wrote it in English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 7/4/2012

    " This book had a lot of wine drinking, lots of traveling all over the country, and lots of talk about "true self." I liked hearing Rielle's point of view (as dumb as it may be), but the book was just ok. It wasn't nearly as exciting as I thought it might be. "

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