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PLOT: the last remaining of the 9 Kennedy Children tells the inside scoop.
Jean Kennedy is the 8th of 9 children. At 89 she wrote this book. She gives us a glimpse into the inner circle of the family. This starts with a young Jean talking about each Kennedy family member from the oldest to the youngest. She also reviews the family history. Most interesting is Rose Kennedy the mother. Added is HUMOR. The time "out" was a closet. Today this would not be considered good parenting but Jean and Teddy got time out at the 'same' time and ended up having a great time trying on Rose's hats and shoes. When the Pope visited the Kennedy home the sofa he sat on became a place of honor including a PLAQUE to honor the visit. This book is excellent. Jean has a remarkable memory and shares both the funny and tragic times. The details of life inside the large catholic family are fascinating. When Rose brings a tour bus group... inside the house for a rare look at the home and she stops at the "sofa where the pope sat" was beyond hysterical. This book is excellent. It moves along very well. The reader Lorna Raver is first rate and has the perfect inflections to keep the story flowing. I give it 5 STARS all the way. The Best book of 2016 I have listened too.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Inspirational and up lifting. A great book to read to your children. It gives us hope.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
More truth and less fantasy
What could Jean Kennedy Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Be truthful!! This was a family full of shameful dark secrets and flawed personalities. I love (not) the way she makes it sound as if they were nothing but pure angels with Rosemary when in fact her own father agreed to a frontal lobotomy which all but killed her and then she was shipped off to a home never to be spoken of again. And what about JFK frolicking on a floating harem in the Mediterranean whilst his wife gave birth to a stillborn child and he refused to come home. Oh and yes let's not forget Teddy Kennedy and Chippaquaddick or Joe snr shameful term as an Ambassador and his lifelong infidelities-great Catholic example he was. What a joke Jean you can fool some of the people...........in reality none of these children were remarkable they were a product of a very detramined couple with out of control egos and a lot of money. There are far better books on the Kennedys out there this is just an insider job which seeks to preserve the myth.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I thought the narrator did a great job with such weak material
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Utter shock that someone who lived amongst it could even fool themselves.