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What Remains Audiobook

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

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Publisher's Summary

What Remains is a vivid and haunting memoir about a girl from a working-class town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill, one of a long line of Polish royals and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. Carole Radziwill's story is part fairy tale, part tragedy. She tells both with great candor and wit.

Carole grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric cast of characters. She spent her childhood summers with her grandparents and an odd assortment of aunts and uncles in their poorly plumbed A-frame on the banks of a muddy creek in upstate New York.

At the age of 19, Carole struck out for New York City to find a different life. Her career at ABC News led her to the refugee camps of Cambodia, to a bunker in Tel Aviv, to the scene of the Menendez murders. Her marriage led her into the old world of European nobility and the newer world of American aristocracy.

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy, Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. The summer of the plane crash, the four friends were meant to be cherishing Anthony's last days. Instead, Carole and Anthony mourned John and Carolyn, even as Carole planned her husband's memorial.

Carole Radziwill has an anthropologist's sensibility and a journalist's eye. She writes about families, their customs, their secrets, and their tangled intimacies with remarkable acuity and humanity. She explores the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention with unflinching honesty. This is a compelling story of love, loss, and, ultimately, resilience.

©2005 Carole Radziwill; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

What the Critics Say

"Carole Radziwill, a wonderful writer...gets at the essence of what matters: friendship, compassion, destiny." (Oprah Winfrey)
"Carole Radziwill has written an unsparing, unsentimental, and inspiring memoir. A spirited journalist with a novelist's eye for detail, she delivers a stunningly honest story about life's great joys and deepest pain." (Christiane Amanpour)

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    Cheryle Medeiros 10-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I just couldn’t finish this book"
    Would you try another book from Carole Radziwill and/or Carole Radziwill?

    Maybe yes if she didn't narrate her own book.


    Would you recommend What Remains to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if it was not an audiobook or if it had a professional narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carole Radziwill’s performances?

    No! Not until she goes to Audiobook training School.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Cambridge, MA, USA 10-05-05
    Andrea Cambridge, MA, USA 10-05-05
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    "Kept me listening!"

    This is a very good listen, read by the author. I found myself unable to stop and listened to the whole book during one day. It's very much about her life with Anthony Radziwill and how their life evolves in his bout with cancer. It's about their lives as related to their jobs, family life and how that world intersects sometimes with Carolyn Bessett and JFK, Jr. Carole describes Carolyn Bessett as her best friend. I found the book down to earth, heart-warming and was amazed at how she dealt with losing her beloved husband only days after the death of JFK, Jr. and Carolyn Bessett, her best friend.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cindhi 04-12-06
    Cindhi 04-12-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Tragedy and Immeasurable Courage"

    WHAT REMAINS is an amazing and heart wrenching account of real people, regardless of their fame or stature. The author clearly wrote it out of grief with no desire to capitalize on anyone's death. I was struck by the enormous weight placed on the shoulders of John Kenedy not just because of who he was but because of the part he played in his family. Always the one who new what to say or do to difuse tensions, bring people together, and comfort others; they waited for him to sweep in and make everything right in all situations. I could see why John loved Caroline over all others. She was an amazing and dynamic person with a heart the size of Alaska. She took it upon herself to adopt people she hardly knew and, like a rock, see them through to the very end. Tracing these individuals lives through tragedy, triumph and ultimate loss reminded me that it is no less difficult to be a human being regardless of one's station in life. I also realized that it had never crossed my mind that all these people had fascinating careers and personal aspirations seperate from their family fortunes. My heart was deeply touched and I now feel justified in my grief over the loss of these people I never knew.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    tillie 06-10-15
    tillie 06-10-15
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    "Touching but keeps wondering what will happen next."

    I felt like I was right there , imposing on some of the groups most private times in their lives.
    It was so sweet to hear her friendship with Caroline , while their husbands were close friends and family since they were children.
    To listen to carol go through her husbands illness to his death in such detail. I was so moved by their relationships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Mystic, CT, United States 11-25-12
    Michelle Mystic, CT, United States 11-25-12
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    "painfully good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. i wanted to drive just to hear more of this incredibly intimate and powerful story. you felt like you were there, in the room, listening to their conversation; it was amazing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-29-16
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    "Beautiful"

    I fell in love with Carole on The Real Housewives of New York recently (I'm way behind the times) and had to read this book immediately. I knew to be prepared for it to be an emotional one, but I was so moved by this story even knowing what was coming. It is so beautifully written that it keeps your interest on each page by painting a vivid picture in your mind of her friends and loved ones. You will cry, I warn you.. but it's so worth it. Wonderful book written by a super talented author, I love you Carole!

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    Aimee Vidal 11-05-16
    Aimee Vidal 11-05-16
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    "Well written... Even more well read. A beautiful story."

    Beautifully written, an even more sincere and heartfelt delivery... This is a story of heart wrenching courage, bravery, strength.
    Carol tells this in a way such that we, her audience, feel as if we are living the story along with her. There is a surprising look inside the young life of JFK,jr. as the two couples were good friends. Most of all, we see into the lives of two extraordinary people who refuse to be anything but as ordinary as they can, and their beautiful love story cut much too short.

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    SBALLEN North Carolina 09-21-16
    SBALLEN North Carolina 09-21-16
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    "Way more than a Real Housewive"

    This book is beautifully written and read, it is an incredible tale of love for more than one person. Carole Radziwell is such an incredible woman and she is way more than what you see on The Real Housewives of NY. She is a real person, who I admire and respect far more for her life than a Realty TV show. This book is wonderful !!

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    Patricia W Merritt HOUSE SPRINGS, MO, US 09-02-16
    Patricia W Merritt HOUSE SPRINGS, MO, US 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the insight."

    interesting to hear and learn more of John John's personality along with his wife Carolyn. Carol Rachel is a good writer and I enjoyed her descriptions and flavor of her words.

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    bostondaphne Billerica, MA United States 06-02-16
    bostondaphne Billerica, MA United States 06-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    What did you love best about What Remains?

    The fact that it was a true story, poignant and honest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carole was my favorite character.


    What about Carole Radziwill’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed that she read from her heart, this very caring and sensitive story about her life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I could have listen all night but savored until I got back in m car!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed her story and hope that others will too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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