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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
Randy Taraborrelli's extensively researched information about the three major Kennedy women, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Ethel Skakel Kennedy, and Joan
Bennett Kennedy, will fascinate the audio listener. First, in those long ago years of the 1950's, Ethel married Robert Kennedy, then Jacqueline married John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and then, lastly, Joan married Edward "Ted" Kennedy and in their day and age, managed well their husbands' notorious behavior and put up a calm front when they three would probably have rather left their marriages forever. Author Taraborrelli tells their story through recalled conversations and reader Beth Fowler's interpretation of Ethel's forthright language, Jackie's breathy and intelligent responses, and Joan's honesty about her tumultuous years with Ted Kennedy and his plane crash. The presentation of the horrors of Chappequidic Island is excellent. Jackie's recollection of JFK's assassination and how she had to deal with his gruesome death will bring the listener back to the awfulness of that day. Joan's decent into alcoholism as she suffered miscarriages while enduring Ted's not always above-board behavior will have the reader understand deeply why her life took such turns. Ethel's strong, "gang is all here" attitude got her through the horrors of losing both her husband and her famous brother-in-law and will have the listeners shaking their heads in wonder at her strength. Jackie, Ethel and Joan were three different women but they kept strong ties with each other as they lived through the tumultuous 1960's.
"Jackie, Ethel, Joan" is a 5 volume CD set that readers will want to hear as it tells of the characters of three women who married into the Kennedy clan as it was on the ascendent. Beth Fowler does a highly credible job of reading it and that is saying a lot as Taraborrelli's style is to use conversation, both written and recalled. The chapters of this book follow each other nicely, sometimes going back into prior years to make a point. "Jackie, Ethel, Joan" is a welcome addition to the many books written about the Kennedys as it covers the personal, private lives of three women who stood by their men no matter what.
 

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I just finished this book. Is excellent. I have never see the Kennedy's wifes from this perspective. They were admirable women. I really like the book and I recommend it.

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Teresa Strange - Goodreads

I loved this book. Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Jenn - Goodreads

Loved! Of course it is one of my favorite subjects. Very easy to read bio on the three Kennedy wives. A good balance between the 3 as they intertwine. I would say Joan gets the short end of the stick but not by much. Can't wait to start After Camelot. Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Lynn Fergusson - Goodreads

This is one of the best books I've ever read about the three Kennedy wives. It gives an in depth, very personal look into their lives as individual people and not just as part of the Kennedy clan ... Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Loved the book! Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Lynda Pringle - Goodreads

Tasteful biography of the Kennedy wives-nothing very salacious and the book was informative, but yet continued to pique my interest. Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Mari - Goodreads

The Short & Sweet of it: Jackie, Ethel, and Joan Kennedy were/are three very different women each completely dedicated to the Kennedy name. This book provides an incredible glimpse into their ... Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Bonni Sweet - Goodreads

I can't help it, I read everything that I can find on the Kennedy women. Read full review

Review: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

User Review  - Jodi - Goodreads

Really good book. It was about the relationships the Kennedy wives had with each other as well as their husbands and the rest of the family. Lots of interesting bits of history that I hadn't read before. Read full review


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