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Mrs. Kennedy and Me Audiobook

Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

He called her Mrs. Kennedy. SHE called him Mr. Hill.

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend.

Now, looking back 50 years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

When he was initially assigned to the new First Lady, Agent Hill envisioned tea parties and gray-haired matrons. But as soon as he met her, he was swept up in the whirlwind of her beauty, her grace, her intelligence, her coy humor, her magnificent composure, and her extraordinary spirit.

From the start, the job was like no other, and Clint was by her side through the early days of JFK's presidency; the birth of sons John and Patrick and Patrick's sudden death; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach; Jackie's trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Jackie's intriguing meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and André Malraux; the dark days of the year that followed the assassination; to the farewell party she threw for Clint when he left her protective detail after four years. All she wanted was the one thing he could not give her: a private life for her and her children.

Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations, and sparkling, intimate moments, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon - a tragedy that haunted him for 50 years.

©2012 Lisa McCubbin, Clint Hill (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"With clear and honest prose free of salaciousness and gossip, Hill (ably assisted by McCubbin) evokes not only a personality both beautiful and brilliant, but also a time when the White House was filled with youth and promise. Of the many words written about Jacqueline Kennedy, these are among the best." (Kirkus)

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    Jeanne 02-04-13
    Jeanne 02-04-13
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    "A different insight into a well-known story"
    If you could sum up Mrs. Kennedy and Me in three words, what would they be?

    A dedicated professional


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Hill gives a first person account of his amazing years with the Kennedy family in the White house. I never really thought about the difficult and dedicated job of the Secret Service. The SS must leave their own family to travel for long periods of time, during holidays, etc. They had to protect the family at all times. Originally disappointed because he was "only" with Mrs. Kennedy and not the president, he came to respect and admire her. His emotional account of the days surrounding the Kennedy assassination is written from a perspective very few can give.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    The subtle change of the narrator's voice when he spoke as Mrs. Kennedy was enthralling. You knew each character by his inflections.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    He had to live with the rich and famous on $16 a day.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has read the many stories and theories around the Kennedy assignation will want to read this account from someone who had an personal relationship with the first-family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mjb Spitzer 09-12-16
    mjb Spitzer 09-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read!"

    A part of history that everyone should hear and remember. Don't miss reading this treasure.

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    Donna May 09-05-16
    Donna May 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful!"

    I really enjoyed this beautiful story immensely. Mr. Hill and his memories are tragic yet vital pieces of history. Excellent work!

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    David Warner 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A very moving book"

    This is a beautiful book, full of joy and sorrow. Mr Hill delivers a work of true eloquence through his first hand account of events, some well known and others known to but a few. I loved this book!

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    Anne Kubit 07-30-16
    Anne Kubit 07-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Respectful Insight to Jackie Kennedy"

    This book provided a much clearer and respectful Insight into the lady we all knew as "Jackie". Through the events that Mr. Hill shares with the readers a person can only continue to forever be amazed by her and appreciate the legacy that she and Jack left to the world through Camelot. Mr. Hill is someone who has endured much and sacrificed quite a bit and because of his service he will forever be linked in my mind as the caretaker of the Kennedy Camelot Era. Thank you Mr. Hill for sharing your experiences with us.

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    June Keyser 06-27-16
    June Keyser 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    This is one of the best books I've read. Clint Hill writes of Mrs. Kennedy with warmth and respect. He lets us know what she was really like and in the process shows his personality as well. I would love to meet him.

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    Cody 06-21-16
    Cody 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A true American hero!"

    Clint Hill is truly an American hero. The story gave me goosebumps and I had to fight the urge to cry several times.

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    Joshua Miller Lakewood, CO 06-11-16
    Joshua Miller Lakewood, CO 06-11-16

    ADHD had taken away my enjoyment of books as it worsened after onset in 4th grade. Now I can "read"again! Thanks to all of you at audible!

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    "Clint Hlll Captures Mrs Kennedy at Her Most Human"
    Would you listen to Mrs. Kennedy and Me again? Why?

    I would listen again. I loved hearing the adventure in the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Kennedy and Me?

    One of the memorable moments was when Mr. Hill and Mrs. Kennedy run into each other on the Christina and she is dressed very casually. It seems unusal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mu favorite scene was when Mr Hill watches television when Mrs. Kennedy (Onassis) dies of cancer. He thinks back to all of the years he smoked a lot and drank heavily after Presiident Kennedy died. He calls them "wasted years". Now he faces his loss of Mrs Kennedy and he cries without shame,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mr Hill learn that baby Patrick has died. He wants to breakdown, but he cannot.


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    06-10-16
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    "Interesting book!"

    I really enjoyed the memories of time spent with Mrs. Kennedy. Clint Hill has a rare insight into what life was like for Jackie during her time as First Lady. He knows first-hand what happened in Dallas and the aftermath, maybe better than anyone else that's alive to tell about it.

    Some reviews for this book talk about Clint being in love with Jackie. I suppose that's possible, but I think he just deeply cared about someone that he was very close to, someone he was to protect at all cost. I think you would almost have to have some kind of feelings for someone like that.

    This is a good listen for someone interested in what things were like behind-the-scenes with the Kennedy's, someone wanting to know more about the assassination, and someone who is a fan of Jackie Kennedy. I would also recommend his book, Five Days in November. It is very detailed about the Dallas trip. It may be better to order in hardback or with the Kindle version, because there are many interesting pictures.

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    Karen Wilson 06-03-16
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    "Excellent piece of history"

    Having been in grade school when President Kennedy was assassinated, the event was impacting, yet so "far away" from my life. The Kennedy family has always held my interest. To listen to such an intimate and detailed story related to that was really quite captivating. It was a wonderfully endearing book.

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  • melanie
    Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom
    7/21/12
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    "Amazing"

    Brilliant, please buy this book. You will be lost in the narrators voice (sounds a bit like Rob Lowe) it's soothing. This book does'nt go in for gossip but tells the story of Jackie Kennedy during her time as The First Lady by her own Secret Service guard. I really really enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end. I highly recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pat
    seaview, United Kingdom
    4/16/12
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    "best memoir I have ever read"

    one of the most captivating memoirs I have ever read. I knew her story, only by report in newspaper, but this tells an intimate story of the real Jackie Kennedy

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Gayle Mcmartin
    Glasgow, Scotland
    9/25/13
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    "'Oh Mr Hill'"
    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it made me cry, especially on the death of baby Patrick & the aftermath of the assassination and funeral. Also having read other books about the Kennedy's I can't make up my mind whether John Kennedy was an utter rascal or just a flawed man


    Any additional comments?

    Clint Hill stuck really well to the context of devoted security man rather than delving into other gossipy conjecture about what Mrs Kennedy though of this or that

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Toulouse, France
    12/23/12
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    "Mrs. Kennedy and me"

    What a great listen; Through the words of a man that was maybe closer to Mrs. Kennedy than the President was. All her joys, sorrows, and worries, are told explicitly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    Garstang, United Kingdom
    8/8/14
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    "Sycophantic"

    Nothing to say really except the general tone of the book was quite dull when it wasn't being servile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kayleigh Harper
    9/14/16
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    "Excellent!"

    I purchased this book as an audio download, listening to and from work and whilst cooking. A truly moving and emotional account from a remarkable man. I laughed and cried throughout Mr Hill's recollection of his time in the Secret Service, assigned to Mrs Kennedy. I have admired Mrs Kennedy for some time and this window into her life as told by Mr Hill has left me even more intrigued. The narrator made me feel like it was a young Mr Hill telling his story to me and the forward and epilogue narrated by Mr Hill himself was so lovely, even if the epilogue had me in tears.

    You will not regret this purchase of a story of a time gone by. The story of a true gentleman and his time protecting a real lady, in every sense of the word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/27/16
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    "amazing"
    Would you listen to Mrs. Kennedy and Me again? Why?

    yes , the story is amazing 1 man with the wife of the president and hes story is so unique ..in present day first lady's get teams of agents for there protection and wouldn't ever get so close to a agent like mrs kennedy did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    London, United Kingdom
    7/12/15
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    "Dull"
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    I only manages to get about half way through this audio book as I found it sadly lacking in sparkle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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