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 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.
Hearing her actual voice, intonations, inflections, and perspective.
The most interesting to me was when she talked about herself. The least interesting were the dull questions by Schlesinger. They could have been much better. "What did you think of Stevenson? What did you think of Rusk?" Over and over again. Many were people I didn't even know.
Obviously, listening to Mrs. Kennedy's voice brought the entire thing to life. Without it I would have given an entirely different rating to the book.
The times I laughed were the few times the children came in and pirated the microphone.
As brilliant as Mr. Schlesinger is/was at the time, his questions were very uninteresting and rather benign. He could have asked questions that were more specific and of interest to the public. The book is really about Jack Kennedy and when it's told by his newly-widowed spouse, he is described as a god-like figure which we all know, of course, was not the case. But it did give insight into some of his personality and life at the White House that was interesting and informative.
Although I was disappointed in the overall content of the book, I have to say it was a good listen and worth my time.
Mrs. Kennedy spoke with clarity, wit and candor about an era past. I found this inside point of view facinating. It was impossible to hear her without seeing her having the conversations in my mind. Clinking of ice in glasses and lighting of cigaretts were time marks of this period. Utterly charming.
Talking about being called back to the whitehouse during the bay of pigs so the family could be with Jack and if it came to it, die together, as a family.
Mrs. Kennedy's voice adds allure, strength, humor and surprize to the events she relates.
A view of a whitehouse marriage in pivotal times for the United States.
I really enjoyed hearing this history as remembered by the First Lady, she had insights that no other person was privy to. Her voice was strong and her opinions of various politicians and vital americans from that time period was surprising and unedited.
The quality of the tapes reflected the technology of the era, they were at times very difficult to understand, and the proximity to an airport made parts of the tapes unintelligiblle.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hear in her own voice, and the voice of John Jr and Caroline a part of the Kennedy history.
Getting to hear the trials and tribulations of the life of the first President that I remembered'
serving in the White House.
If todays technology would have been available in 1964.
Authenticity and real interview.
There is nothing that can be changed. My dislikes were not due to the story as such.
What I learned about Johns brothers was actually more interesting to me.
Some might finde it very interesting if there were other interviews like this available.
As a foreign listener (Danish), it was a bit hard to follow the conversation in the beginning because persons do not speak very clearly in a context like this one. However, that changed after some time as my "ears adapted to the style and vocabulary".
The interviews were interesting but I am sure they would have been more so for a native American. JFK belonged to my parents generation, and I knew him from history classes, of course, and found his precidency interesting, but I have no doubt that a native American (especially adults of his generation) would like this very much. He was "one of theirs".
Where was her story? Who was she?
That he was a serious drug addict
All of it
Pick a side. Be a public person or be a private citizen. Free country. Her story seemed more about other people and very judgmental, I might add. It made me dislike a revered adored first lady. I suppose I am to young to see her as more than a victim in a blood stained pink suit and I guess I wanted to hear more than her ridiculing people. She seemed to think the people who idolized her were simple housewives who had nothing better to do but imitate a rich, regal woman who definitely comes across as condescending and snooty.