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Jackie

By: J. Randy Taraborrelli
Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
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Summary

From New York Times bestselling author of Jackie, Janet & Lee comes a fresh and often startling look at the life of the legendary former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Based on hundreds of interviews with friends, family, and lovers over a thirty-year period—as well as previously unreleased material from the JFK Library—Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an unforgettable new portrait of a woman whose flaws and contradictions only serve to make her even more iconic. “I have three lives,” Jackie told a former lover, “public, private and secret.” In this revealing biography, listeners will become intimately familiar with all three.

New insights include:
· Jackie’s cold feet before her wedding to Jack Kennedy and her secret plan to avoid moving into the White House with him.
· Jackie's plan to meet with the woman with whom her husband, Aristotle Onassis, was again having an affair, Maria Callas…and why, in the end, she decided against it.
· The truth about the nude photos of Jackie which scandalized her in the 1970s…and which family member had betrayed her by selling them.
· Her unusual relationship with Maurice Templesman, which was never what outsiders believed it to be.
· The never-before-reported, last-ditch efforts to save Jackie’s life with experimental cancer treatments, and the doctor who wouldn’t risk jail time in order to treat her.

Twenty-nine years after her death and sixty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, Jackie delivers the last word on one of the most famous women in the world.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

©2022 J. Randy Taraborrelli (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

“Taraborrelli’s nearly 25 years of research and interviewing sheds new light on every phase of Jacqueline Bouvier’s life . . . An absorbing and comprehensive account of one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Readable and deeply researched, [Jackie] is a refreshingly complex portrait of a woman too often defined by her relationships with men. Readers who enjoyed the author’s other Kennedy biographies will not be able to put this down.”—Publishers Weekly

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Loved this book

What a fascinating listen. Did know much about Jackie O so really interesting and wonderful insights into her life

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Very interesting

Loved this, didn’t know much about this famous lady, so learnt a lot! Would recommend x

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A major mistake

Overall a good listen. However, the author gets at least one simple fact incorrect when he states that JFK and Marilyn M only slept together once. Anyone who has a basic interest in the saga knows it went on much longer than that. To get such a simple fact wrong is quite unsettling, so who knows what else he got wrong? He is quite a well known author of the Kennedy's too, so I was quite surprised. Also, he reported Jack Warnecke as giving a revelation about the fact that Jackie was told she was cancer-free at one stage but that it had then come back unexpectedly. I read that from another author several years ago. So nothing new there.
Like I said, I did find it a good read overall, some new facts but mostly it was familiar.

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I really enjoyed this book.

Kennedy have always interested me, this was so good,narration good, a touching tribute to a brave woman.

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Amazing

Amazing story and woman so beautifully read , can’t recommend this enough .all will enjoy it.

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Nothing New….

If you’ve already read other books about Jackie, don’t waste your money….there is nothing in this book that I was not already aware of. Very disappointed.

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