Since it was actual tape from the interviews, it was quite hard to hear what was being said. I felt like I had the radio turned up as loud as it could go to hear.
somewhat, more due to the audio quality.
Absolutely delightful. I highly recommend the audiobook version as you get to listen to the real original tapes. It's interesting to see how she saw her husband, politics, and the events of the time. It's not the greatest historical material as the interviewer is a friend, and had worked for Kennedy and been his friend. Still lovely.
I admit I could not finish this listen. The most interesting part was Caroline Kennedy's introduction. The remainder did not hold my interest. One fascinating aspect was how much society has really changed since the tapes were made. The wife of that era has long gone. Secondly, Jacqueline's perspective is so tilted to protecting the legacy of her husband that I found her musings unrealistic. Thirdly, I still cannot place myself in her life. What she is talking about differs so from my world, with all the money and connections that was second nature for her. I just had to stop. I'm sad I bothered buying it.
I already have recommended it to friends. Being so close to the time of the assassination I was surprised she did it, and she doesn't talk about the assassination. She talks about the 10 years she was with Jack, and it's quite interesting.
This really isn't a story per se. Jackie seemed relaxed in the interviews, and I was surpirsed at her comments about the French and Charles DeGaulle. She couldn't stand either one.
The interviewer knew Jack and Jackie personally, and so he knew what to ask her. Hearing Jackie's voice is something that would be very lacking in a book.
Yes, and I almost did too.
Jackie shines a whole different light on the happenings in the White House, and it's well worth a listen.
Her conversation on what happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
I hadn't before.
A great listen for any Kennedy fan or history buff in general.
Jacqueline Kennedy's words directly from her when she was still a young widow in her thirties --gave me a unique sense of of the time, place and person. The quality of the tapes was not great, and the content sometimes rambled, but the overall experience was a sense of intimacy with a historic person. I got much more insight to the times and person--there were interruptions by her children--very poignant and reminder that our icons were real people living both a daily and yet extrordinary life. Biggest aha for me was Jacqueline's undeveloped sense of feminism and a "woman's role"--which Carolyn notes in the forward she subsequently changed. All in-- a unique experience for a person who enjoys history.
Yes, it was in Jacqueline's own voice
The preface would have been nice to hear? Why was it not there?
I loved Mrs. Kennedy's honesty. I understand why she did not want these recordings released for 50 years. There were powerful people mentioned in the story in a not very flattering way.
I was disappointed that the death of JFK was not covered in this book. It had apparently been covered recently with another reporter and so that Mrs. Kennedy would not have to relive that horrible event again, it was agreed that it would not be covered in these conversations. I wish I had known that before I purchased the book but I might not have purchased the book knowing that and I am certainly glad that I did.
No I would not. She may have something interesting to say, but this narrative was over protected.
Probably not. I purchased this thinking it would be far more informative than it was.
I got to know Jacqueline better and to see how sexist and gullible she was.
Definately not. I only finished it because it was so expensive. Half way through I realized it would probably not get more interesting but until it was finished I still reserved some hope.
why in the world was this "In a vault" and on hold for 50 years? I knew more than she did 50 years ago.
Yes. This was an extraordinary peek into the empire that was the Kennedys, in the eyes of a woman wielding much more power than she let on.
Jackie, of course. Her growth during those years of tragedy was palpable.
Hearing Jackie's voice was without parallel