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Publisher's Summary

The Kennedy wives saw history up close - and made history in some cases. They knew wealth and privilege, but we are bonded to them by losses that are our losses, too. The Kennedy women - fierce, intelligent, and very private - belong to us. Not because of their glamour but because of their grief and misfortunes.

The Kennedy Wives takes an unflinching look at the women who married into the Kennedy family and their distinct roles: Rose, the matriarch; Ethel, the athlete; Jackie, the icon; Joan, the fragile beauty; and Vicki, the redeemer. In reality each woman was complex and multifaceted. As Kennedy wives they were bonded through characteristics and experiences unique to the Camelot family.

The Kennedy Wives is an exploration of these women that will offer what no other book or film created thus far has: a thoughtful analysis of what drew the Kennedy men to these iconic women - and what the women endured in exchange for their acceptance into the Camelot clan.

©2015 Amber Hunt and David Batcher (P)2016 Tantor

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Kennedy Wives

Was so good to listen to. Lots of new material. Enjoyed it immensely. Recommend this book to everyone.

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Great Book

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It was just like I was witnessing it myself!

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Royalty, American style

I've listened to several books about the Kennedys, and this one is pretty good. There's lots of detail and the writing is literate. It's not in the gossipy, tell-all mode, but reads like a serious, fairly scholarly attempt. You feel informed. The weak point is the narrator, who has an old schoolmarmish voice and makes a quite a few mistakes in pronunciation of names and words many of us know. Jacqui would be pained by the mistakes, Ethel wouldn't care, Joan would be too drunk to notice, and Vickie would hear and remain silent. Rose would certainly know, but say nothing and go to her room to pray. Now you know in a nutshell what the book will make plain. It's worth the listen.

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Not much new - pretty generic

Perhaps it is because I have read several Kennedy books but I felt this glossed over much of the person. Typical public stories of tragedy but missed the connective thread between them during tragedy and triumph. Also missed details about how the multiple affairs happened in the White House and other locations. It was as if each woman pretended they never existed but other books have given other stories. Perhaps these authors did not have the connections to the family or were able to do deep research. Short description and the only one I learned something about was Joan. She was considered a saint and Ted's savior. If you haven't read anything about the Kennedys, you might like this but, mostly fluff.

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Great Work!

Really liked this book. I learned many new facts about these women. More than facts, you understand how they thought, felt, and believed.

I felt the reader sounded robotic at times. Other than that great work.

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not what I was expecting.

I found the narrator to be dry and boring. the stories of these women were sad and tragic. the loss and suffering they did because of their husbands was sad.

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enjoyed

very good. informative. well written and not much detail to weigh it down. enjoyed it very much.

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Great book

A wonderful Kennedy biography. Lots of information and wonderfully told. You won't be disappointed with this book.

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Wonderful book

I loved the book. It was very well written and insightful. The reader did a great job though her inability to pronounce Senator Birch Bayh's name drove me crazy! You should think it would have been caught in post production.

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Very insightful

I enjoyed learning more about the inner workings of the Kennedy family lead by the women as backbones to their men.