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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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    justin schweig 02-14-17
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    "Fantastic"

    A very personal autobiography, with fantastic narrating and an amazing narrative. Mr. Hill portrays Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy very admirably.

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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.

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    Miren E. V. Spain 05-15-17
    Miren E. V. Spain 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice story"

    The book was nicely to listen to.
    It's very detailed but nothing bad its said. I could say it's for the listen of the whole family.
    No criticism about the Kenedys, only an aseptic description of trips and events in the life of Jacky Kennedy from the election of her husband as president to his death.

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    Amanda Nelson 05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing stories with a compassionate performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs. Kennedy and Me to be better than the print version?

    Yes, hearing Clint Hill's voice made me cry during the epilogue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the small details and parts of history that would have forever been lost should Mr. Hill not have shared them. It was also endearing to hear him speak so kind of her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's no way to narrow it down. I guess I'd have to go with the scene that made me most emotional which was when said goodbye to Mrs. Kennedy and/or when Mr. Hill went to meet President Clinton when Jackie had become very ill. My heart broke for him. His testimony was completely raw.


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

    I wanted to! But I was able to listen to it within a week!


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    Kindle Customer 04-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Book"

    I always enjoyed reading about the Kennedy family. This one was funny at times but of course very sad at the end. But very interesting to see how he thought he would hate the job and how he came to care and respect Mrs. Kennedy.

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    04-26-17
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    "Mrs. Kennedy and Me"

    It was written so well and with such interesting detail, I thoroughly enjoyed this !

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    Ginger Lebanon, VA, United States 02-11-17
    Ginger Lebanon, VA, United States 02-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting look at history..."

    This was a good listen. I really enjoyed learning more about the First Lady and family from an insider. I do think it's obvious that Mr. Hill was in love with Jackie, and I think it will be obvious to anyone who listens! From that aspect, I'm not sure that Mr. Hill is completely unbiased with his accounts, but still a great story.

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    Kevin B 12-06-16
    Kevin B 12-06-16
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    "Worthy of the read..."

    A story from a perspective no other will provide. Mr. Hill was undoubtedly enamoured with Mrs. Kennedy in every way. This job cost Clint in so many ways which exudes through the pages. These men are tirelessly devoted to their career and the individuals they protect... Even to their demise. These are stories of Jackie & her fortitude, her commitment to her family and her humor and wit. If you have any ties to Camelot, memories or otherwise this book adds another layer of those short years of love for for this First Family. Thank you Clint.

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    Mark Swan New Hampshire, USA 10-25-16
    Mark Swan New Hampshire, USA 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    Simply wonderful book!!! I can't begin to recommend it enough! A rare look into the real Jackie

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    Cookie, Sebring, FL 09-28-16
    Cookie, Sebring, FL 09-28-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Read it three times, still bought it on Audible."

    I have been studying the Kennedys for years, and this is still one of my favorites. I only wish Clint had read the whole book for us. But having him begin and end it is enough.

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