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The Kennedy Heirs

John, Caroline and the New Generation - A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
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From New York Times best-selling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes The Kennedy Heirs, his most revealing Kennedy audiobook yet. 

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. In his revelatory new audiobook, acclaimed Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America’s most famous family. 

John Kennedy, Jr.’s life in the public eye is explored, following the Kennedy scion as he faced the challenges posed by marrying his great love, Carolyn Bessette. Riveting new details are shared about the couple’s tragic demise - and why Ethel Kennedy advised Carolyn not to take the trip that would ultimately end her life. John’s sister, Caroline Kennedy, had her own complicated relationships, including a marriage to Ed Schlossberg that surprised her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and an unexpected bond with her mother-in-law, Mae Schlossberg. 

Additional stories, many shared here for the first time, illuminate the rest of the Kennedy dynasty: Kara Kennedy, Ted’s daughter, and her valiant battle against lung cancer; how Ted’s wife, Vicki, introduced a new era of feminism to the Kennedy family; the lifelong struggles with addiction faced by Bobby Kennedy Jr., and Patrick Kennedy; the unexpected way pop star Taylor Swift helped Conor Kennedy heal after the death of his mother, Bobby’s wife Mary; and Congressman Joe Kennedy III’s rise to prominence. At the center of it all is the family’s indomitable matriarch, Ethel Kennedy - a formidable presence with her maddening eccentricities and inspiring courage. 

Based on hundreds of exclusive first-hand interviews and cultivated over 20 years of research - including numerous Oral Histories from the JFK Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute - The Kennedy Heirs is an epic drama of ambition, scandal, pride, and power.     

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 J. Randy Taraborrelli (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Well written and comprehensive

The author doesn’t pull any punches in this well-written and detailed account of the Kennedys, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I learned a lot I didn’t know. The reader was good, but every now and again, it was alarmingly obvious that they had done a retake on a particular sentence or paragraph, and the voice tone, volume, and even the recording environment and quality were very different. Never heard such a bad job of this in what is supposed to be a professional recording. If it hadn’t been for that, I’d have given it 5 stars.

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The Kennedy heirs

What an awakening. Even though living through much of this time, at 86, I feel as though I have missed so much of history during my time. This was well written and very down to earth. I have always been a fan of the Kennedy family so I loved this book.

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Interesting, though inaccuracies and mean girlish

I finished the whole 16+ hours, and I will admit I wouldn't have unless something about it was interesting. I enjoyed learning about the many different branches of the Kennedy family, especially the historical information. Where I started to wonder if I could finish it was when I picked up on misinformation. The author tells us that Lauren Bessette's profession was 'human rights activist'. Not so, she was a Vice President for Morgan Stanley. This was something I knew so it caught my ear--it made me wonder what else wasn't accurate? A lot of the dialogue in this book HAS to be made up. No way Jackie would have retold personal conversations. What really bothered me about the book was the section about RFK Jr's sex addiction. The author seemed more intent on discussing Donald Trump and Melania, and especially maligning Melania. Give me a break! I forced myself to finish but really couldn't wait to. The narrator's voice was pretty good but sometimes the voice would change and become sort of robotic, it was a little weird at times.

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  • Greenwich, CT, United States
  • 07-11-19

so much uninteresting detail about boring lives

These 27 Kennedy kids unfortunately don't really deserve all the attention this book gives them. Few of them have any achievements worth mentioning, particularly the star of the book JFK jr. A lot of gossip column stuff. A bad narrator make this a turn down. Taraborelli has excellent previous Kennedy family books with some meat on the bone but in this one he goes to the well one time too many!

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Horny men and push-over women

That legend of the “Strong” Kennedy women is nothing but a myth. Push-overs is what they are. Men screwing other women and then bringing their used up penises home and have 11 kids with one woman. Disgusting.

Add mental illness leading to substance abuse and the “buck-up” mentality is the perfect time bomb. I’m surprised not many of them died you or hanged themselves.

Self-righteous, egomaniacs pretending to be noble.

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Not very accurate reporting

Author very one sided. Did not develop stories to correspond with history. Author had exclusive access to Kennedy’s so I’m sure he couldn’t tell bad stories.

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  • 07-31-19

Very enjoyable read!

One of the best books I have read. Very fast moving and covering so many of the Kennedy family.