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  • What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rielle Hunter
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
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    (36)

    In What Really Happened, Rielle 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 coverup, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

    reviewer says: "Your jaw will drop! You'll puke in horror!"
    "Scandal me some more!"
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    I got hooked on the John Edwards story in Game Change. For my money, all other political scandals pale in comparison.

    But wait! Should you get this much pleasure out of the misfortunes of flawed mortals? Definitely not. But if you're going to do it anyway, this book is good!

    First - Cassandra Campbell's narration is flawless. She found the perfect tone and did an amazing job with it.

    Also - The writing's great.Easy prose. Story has good pace and flow. It tells you everything you want to know and not much you don't (I'm not a huge fan of the "How childbirth changed my life" narrative, but it passes).

    If you read, "The Politician", this is a fascinatingly different perspective on the same events. It gave me a total Rashomon buzz.

    As to who to believe, I'm going with Rielle. Here's why: She is SPECTACULARLY shameless. Her lack of guilt about that whole adultery thing is just jaw dropping. Not so much as a tickle of remorse. So, why would she lie? About what?

    Which brings me to my final point: If there's not enough speaking ill of the dead going on in your life, you can fill up here. Not a lot of (any) sympathy for Elizabeth, but crazy, screaming shrew stories galore.

    Dig in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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