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America's Reluctant Prince

The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Written by: Steven M. Gillon
Narrated by: Tim Andrés Pabon
Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins

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A major new biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. from a leading historian who was also a close friend, America’s Reluctant Prince is a deeply researched, personal, surprising, and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir the world lost too soon.

Through the lens of their decades-long friendship and including exclusive interviews and details from previously classified documents, noted historian and New York Times best-selling author Steven M. Gillon examines John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life and legacy from before his birth to the day he died. Gillon covers the highs, the lows, and the surprising incidents, viewpoints, and relationships that John never discussed publicly, revealing the full story behind JFK Jr.’s complicated and rich life. In the end, Gillon proves that John’s life was far more than another tragedy - rather, it’s the true key to understanding both the Kennedy legacy and how America’s First Family continues to shape the world we live in today.

©2019 Steven M. Gillon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Gail Meyer
  • Fort Lee, NJ, US
  • 2019-07-16

I feel bad saying this, but the narrator was awful

I am having a hard time getting through this book because the author is so mechanical and devoid of personality. A good narrator changes his or her voice for certain characters, etc. This reader simply reads the words.

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  • Nor'easter
  • 2019-07-12

Another “close friend” account

Save your credits or money. I realized by the end of part 1 (out of two) that this book is just rehashed history and to make it even worse, much of it has little to do with JFK Jr.

The author starts by telling us how close he and John were. After hearing this audio book, I the author may have been a friend but they weren’t as close as claimed. There is so much hamburger helper in this book. A lot of known history about the Kennedy family is used to fluff up a book that is supposed to be about JFK Jr.

Hours of this book are devoted simply to the times John grew up in and the Kennedy clan. I really did not have any interest in how many miscarriages Jacqueline Kennedy had, which hospitals she was raced to, what John’s birth weight was, that John’s father was not faithful to Jackie, the naval blockade of Cuba, Robert Kennedy’s assassination, Jackie marrying Onassis, etc. This should have been titled “where’s the beef?” I’ll be returning this audiobook.

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  • Heidi
  • 2019-07-13

our prince

yes he was special and now he exists for the ages well done good servant

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