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Publisher's Summary

What does it mean to be a Kennedy? If ever three women would be challenged and changed by marriage into a family, it would be Jacqueline Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett. None of these radiant brides could have ever been prepared for the fame, the family, and tragedies that would spring from their lives. As they struggled to cope with their husbands' infidelities, the harsh glare of the media, and the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, these women would learn what it meant to be sisters, reaching out to one another with comfort and consolation. But these sisters would also compete with one another, argue, and find themselves estranged, sometimes for years.

Based on extensive research, interviews, and never-before-published oral histories from the JFK and LBJ Libraries, this groundbreaking biography presents a balanced, affectionate, and fascinating portrayal of three extraordinary women - and shows us their courage, passion, and will to be a family.

©2000 Rose Books, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (P)2000 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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Push through it...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. Randy Taraborrelli? Why or why not?

Only if it was a novel - I don't think he's a reliable/accurate source of info.

How could the performance have been better?

If the narrator READ instead of acted/performed.

Any additional comments?

The author recounts conversations (very poorly acted out by the narrator), that he has no way of knowing if they ever even took place - let alone what the content of the conversation may have been. This book is more fiction than fact, I suspect.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fluff Piece on the Kennedy Women~3 STARS....

PLOT: FLUFFY SOAPY piece on the Kennedy Women.


this is better than I expected from this author who is the fluff piece story teller. But he pieces the stories of Jackie, Ethel and Joan pretty well. this is told more like a story with good details and is both entertaining and will keep you interested.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Good Book

What made the experience of listening to Jackie, Ethel, Joan the most enjoyable?

Listening helps the book come to life...it is as if someone is actually talking to you personally

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jackie, Ethel, Joan?

The times when they accepted how they were truly being treated by their husbands ...with the exception of Ethel

Have you listened to any of Beth Fowler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no first performance for me

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

yesI

Any additional comments?

I would like to have more books by J. Randy Taraborrelli available on audible

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  • colleen
  • ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
  • 06-15-12

my first Kennedy book

It was okay. I totally wanted more gossip and they could have added more of the Kennedy women but it gave a good picture of these three and their lives married to the Kennedy brothers.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 05-20-15

The Camelot wives.

A book well grounded in historical fact which, unfortunately, was on the dry side. An excellent narrator who provided good character definition with out using a strange falsetto voice. Overall I would suggest that this book is worth listening too with evidence to show these three women in a powerful but companionate light.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-17

To the point

Balanced to the point. It seemed Ethel was thwarted on all sides from ever entering the White House as First Lady. I wonder would she consider this a fair account.. Would have liked to have heard more of their lives after their husbands' assassinations

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  • Frankimunk
  • 08-04-16

A really interesting perspective

The lives of these women were joined by chance, this book is the truth, yet is very fresh to read/listen to. Very well narrated, I would recommend buying the kindle version to read with it.