"Elvis, you and I know the truth and unfortunately you’re not here to set the record straight. With this book, I will try to.…"
Elvis Presley and Graceland were fixtures in the life of Ginger Alden, having been born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. But she had no idea that she would play a part in that enduring legacy - as Elvis Presley’s fiancée, and his last great love. For over three decades Ginger has held the truth of their relationship close to her heart. Now she shares her unique story, and while a lot has been written about the King, the Elvis we meet in this long-anticipated memoir is a revelation.
In her own words Ginger details their whirlwind romance - from first kiss to his stunning proposal of marriage. She details his exploration of Eastern religions, his perception of being a "legend", his devotion to family and friends, and her attempt to know the insular group surrounding Elvis. And for the very first time she talks about the devastating end of it all, and the 50,000 mourners and reporters who descended on Graceland in 1977, exposing Ginger to the reality of living in the spotlight of a short, yet immortal, life.
Above it all, Alden rescues Elvis from the hearsay, rumors, and tabloid speculations of his final year by shedding a frank yet personal light on a very public legend. From a unique and intimate perspective, she reveals the man - complicated, romantic, fallible, and human - behind the enduring myth, a superstar worshipped by millions, and loved by Ginger Alden.
©2014 Ginger Alden (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I have been an Elvis fan since I was a small child. I remember where I was and how I felt shocked and a broken hearted to hear the news that he had passed away. As the years since then have passed I have read everything I could get my hands on about The King.
In this book I did not find anything enlightening or new to anything I have read before.
I dont feel that Ginger was the love of Elvis' life but I did appreciate her account of their life together. She read well and there is an honest feel about her side of the story.
I loved it all! Great Read! It was told with much honesty and depth and I believe Ginger not others who were not there but act like they were or others who were there but not behind closed doors with Elvis and Ginger.
The entire story from start to finish. It was a very poignant and tragic love story. I felt as though I was in the room with Ginger and Elvis.
She spoke clearly and precise and very heartfelt filled with much emotion in every word spoken.
It made me laugh and cry as I felt for Ginger and Elvis and their great love in their relationship.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who loved Elvis to fully understand for once what really happened the last 9 months of his life and to understand Ginger and how she loved him in trying to help him and not leave him like others did. It spoke volumes of Ginger's character and I have nothing but the highest respect for this woman who was Elvis's fiancee and the last person to see him alive.
If you haven't read many Elvis' books, you might just believe the lies Ginger wrote in her book.
Ginger clearly talked about her marriage plans with Elvis in great details, yet it seems like it was her only wishful thinking. I don't believe Elvis wanted to really marry her. Elvis gave diamond rings to many people and I believe Ginger exaggerated a lot.
She detracted from reality. Elvis never announced her engagement to her publicly!
Ginger talked a lot about Linda--which clearly showed how jealous she was with Linda. Linda was someone really special to Elvis after Priscilla. Ginger tried very hard to convince her reader that Elvis was serious with her. She used Elvis to give money to her parents and she had nerves to mention more than once that Linda was a high maintenance girl. This a girl who didn't have any guilt making Elvis pay for her parents' house mortgage! I do not like Ginger at all and I regret buying this book. Waste of my $
11 hours to describe nine months with Elvis Presley… This was a difficult recording to even get through… I found myself having to skip chapters in an attempt to find True substance. I find it difficult to believe that the Author could remember conversation so vividly and what people were saying so many years ago! I don't mean to be harsh, but I have been writing a book myself about my childhood and realize it is it difficult task for sure!
Ginger only told the "good" times and not all the times Elvis almost died. In Linda's book she told everything good, bad and ugly. I wish she would've told the whole truth and not just what made her look good.
the writing was fine I thought the reading was good. However I do not believe the most of the story for one thing anybody who knows Elvis are no anything about Avenue that Priscilla was the love of his life so just say that he never been in love before was pretty much a fabrication. to say she wanted to suck the record straight that I was was wonderful person but she portrayed him as a month stir and it abuser. I'm sorry I'm not buying most of this.
On the spur of the moment I went to Memphis for the holiday weekend. My boyfriend was home taking care of his mother who had a recent health setback. When I let him know where I was he asked, 'are you going to Graceland?' It hadn't even crossed my mind but I said, I suppose I will.
I don't know what happened to me in Graceland but I was changed and moved by Elvis's humanity. Feeling the deep loss of such a special person who sacrificed so much of a normal life so that he could touch the world with his gifts and passion.
I was just 2 years younger than Ginger the day Elvis died. I remembered where I was when I heard the news, Wildwood NJ on the boardwalk on my way to my summer job selling t-shirts on the boardwalk.
This visit to Graceland brought me back and I just couldn't stop thinking of Elvis and what it must have been like to be Elvis or a person close to him.
So grateful I found Ginger's book on Audible it helped fill in the void I felt after I left the home of a guy who was just trying to make it in America at a time when I was just getting my life as an adult started.
Thank you Ginger for sharing his humor and kindness and your heart with us.
I have read almost every book in existence about Elvis. Admittedly, I had preconceptions about Ginger Alden (mainly because of rumors and never hearing Ginger's side of the story) and I'm so glad I gave this a chance.
Ginger narrating just made it so much more personal. Thank you Ginger for finally telling your story.
Great read for anyone, but especially for fans of Elvis
Not a man of Christian faith - confused, troubled, bored, used gifts as a means subtle control. A sad tale of a charismatic talent obsessed with numerology.
Great insight into the private life and struggles of one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. A must for any Elvis fan.
"Couldn't switch this off!"
I'm a huge Elvis fan. This is the first book that I've read that really paints a picture of the kind, generous, sensitive Person that Elvis was. Not the actor, not the musician but the actual person. At last someone who is not out to make money - Ginger comes across as elegant and truthful. It's so sad that they never had the opportunity to grow old together and Ginger often questions why she met Elvis and they shared happy times, but for too little time. I think Ginger was sent for Elvis to truly love and be loved in his last few months. Ginger was sent to care for him in a way that no one else would. Ginger was sent to listen, talk and pray with Elvis. And finally Ginger was sent to tell the world about the real man that was Elvis Presley.
"A Good Listen"
I enjoyed it. it clearly showed that she loved Elvis very much. if only he had lived. it showed Elvis as a person, and that made for a refreshing change from Elvis the myth
"Feels like you are there"
I only have the audio version but would like to get the print version too
Really enjoyed listening to Ginger tell her story, it was enjoyable, and also extremely moving. She relates the story in such a way that you feel you are right there with her, and can visualize in your mind the places she describes with such detail. I am happy to know that Elvis was wanting to tour, wanting to make changes in his life and was not a man that was on the verge of giving up on life like others have tried to make out, he was looking forward to a future with Ginger. It is a book I will listen to again and again.
Wonderful caring account from an honest lady
I think this is a wonderful insight into a personal love story, Ginger comes across as a lovely person and Elvis was blessed to have such a lady in his life a true heart . Shame she was not treated in the manner Elvis would of wanted after his death .
I really felt the love and the warmth in the way ginger told her story. I think that they both loved each other and its a shame I didn't happen.
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