American Values

Lessons I Learned from My Family
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With rich detail, compelling honesty, and a storyteller’s gift, RFK Jr. describes growing up Kennedy in a tumultuous time in history that eerily echoes the issues of nuclear confrontation, religion, race, and inequality that we confront today.

This powerful book combines the best aspects of memoir and political history. The third child of Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK takes us on a journey through his life, including watershed moments in the history of our nation.

These words come vividly to life with intimate stories of RFK Jr.’s own experiences, not just with historical events and the movers who shaped them, but also with his mother and father, his own struggles with addiction, and the ways he eventually made peace with both his Kennedy legacy and his own demons. The result is a book that is remarkably stirring and relevant, providing both insight and hope for all Americans at a time when they are needed like never before.

©2018 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 05-22-18

More than interesting vignettes.

Great narration. I am glad to have the Kennedy story told by a Kennedy. Well done.

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Honest, personal and about time

Great to hear such an open honest account of an amazing family life and upbringing. Some important records set straight in this story. Definitely worth the read.

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Worth a repeat listen, but . . .

It's a good, overall view of life as a Kennedy. According to the author it's well-researched and I can't argue with that as I've read some of the same facts by other reputable authors. It's definitely led me to read more by RFK Jr.

If you're looking for a tell-all book on the family scandals, this isn't it. As the author explains (and I'm paraphrasing here), the family has a policy of not commenting on the more personal aspects of their lives, aka "I won't dignify that remark with a response." Fine by me. One can get plenty of that elsewhere. I don't believe all of the sensationalized stories in the tabloids anyway.

So about the narrator. He really needs to look up word pronunciations. It almost became comical at some point. I can't believe someone who was listening while he was narrating couldn't have corrected him. "Shinnied" does not have a long "i" sound, for example.

All that said, I'm on my third listen. I got my money's worth.

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An insiders view of a wonderful family

It was endearing to hear about the family, and the stories from someone who actually grew up in the family. I appreciated hearing the joys, accomplishments, determinations, fun, light-hearted side of Jack, as well learning of the struggles. I so appreciated Robert Jr's honesty and openness, regarding addiction, his relationships with various family members, how the assassinations affected him as a young boy, and the rest of the family members. Thank you for sharing your life and your family with us. Such inspiring men and women in this family, yet down to earth.

The narrator's pace was good for me. I was a little uncomfortable when he would attempt to imitate people's voices, such as when quoting a woman, trying to imitate (not well) how a woman would sound, or a southern person or an African American.... Would have rather him read it straight, in his own voice, as a quote and not try to change his voice representing the person he was quoting.

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Great book! A must have.

Great book well written about a family and the important part they played in American history.
How they ban together in times of trouble and the loss of a father and Uncle that would forever change their life.
Honestly written about the trials and tribulations this historical family had to go through. How his fathers love of nature and animals would forever shape Robert Kennedy Jr and his future. Love this book.

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  • 07-06-20

Loved it

One of the best books I've ever listened to. Superbly written, wonderfully narrated. Can't help but think how the world would be different had JFK and RFK been able to achieve but half of their dreams...

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Historically awesome, insightful and profound.

Very good, understated, yet strong amd rich, narration. An excellent trip through tumultuous times in the lives of very special Americans, who paid a grear price for their good deeds. Thank you Robert Kennedy!

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Wonderful

Excellent Kennedy family story. I could not put it down! A beautiful story of love and loss. I hope to meet RFK Jr one day.

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only got 12 of the 14 chapters

loved it but need the end only got 12 of 14 chapters must read for every American