Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the incandescent lifeforce of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged "favorite of all the children" and her brother Jack's "psychological twin". She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming, and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace.
The daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James', Kick swept into Britain's aristocracy like a fresh wind on a sweltering summer day. In a decaying world where everything was based on stultifying sameness and similarity, she was gloriously, exhilaratingly different. Kick was the girl whom all the boys fell in love with, the girl who remained painfully out of reach for most of them.
To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing - until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her.
Best-selling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever. It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends, and of wild rich boys. But it was also a world of blood and war and of immeasurable loss. It was a time of complete upheaval, as reflected in the life of this most unlikely and unforgettable central character. Kick Kennedy reveals her story - that of a young girl learning about love, sex, and death, and doing it all at warp speed as the world races toward war and then reels in the war's chaotic aftermath. This is the coming-of-age story of the female star of the Kennedy family and ultimately a tragic, romantic story that will break your heart.
©2016 Barbara Leaming (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Fascinated by all the Kennedys so couldn't wait to buy and listen to Kick Kennedy, unfortunately narration was absolutely terrible and it was a struggle to get through the book, in fact I didn't, really disappointed
One more mention of hence, heretofore, or another marchioness would have put me over the proverbial edge. This repetitive slight story was obviously written to capitalize on the mystique of the Kennedy name. Don't waste your time.
"Not what I had hoped for."
I have read other books about her in the past. This one portrayed her as fairly self-centered as well as self-absorbed.
The narrator was awful. Each mispronounced word made me cringe. One in particular was the word "clique" which she repeatedly pronounced as "clack". I can't even write down the way she destroyed the work "apocalypse" - it was bizarre!
"Interesting Bittersweet Story. Worth The Listen"
Interesting. Bittersweet. Tragic
The dulcet ebb and flow of her voice kept the story moving and continuingly interesting.
No. I listened to it while power walking over several days.
A great listen despite already knowing the tragic ending.
"A true-life Jane Austen story"
Eliza Foss' narration makes the story interesting, and it was exciting to hear the history of Chatsworth, it's lineage and also its similarity to Jane Austen's book, Pride and Prejudice, as Chatsworth (Pemberly), the Fitzwilliam dynasty, and the name "Georgiana" are part of both stories. The 2008 version of Pride and Prejudice will it's special features will be viewed with more interest now.
"Touching story & great history lesson"
Yes. I learned so much about the hx of WWII and the politics. I also love to read about the Kennedy's, one of my families.
Her times with her brothers.
I have not heard her before but will be looking for other books she reads.
I couldn't wait to go to work and come home from work to listen in the car.. both laughing and crying.
Mispronounced so many names and places. Reader obviously does not know anything about Britain then or now.
No not at all.
Kik Kennedy was not a very appealing person. Rather shallow and not that interesting.
"Real Housewives of Downton Abby"
If you liked Downton Abby, you might like this.
The narrator drove me nutty, because she overacted.
The title should not read "Tragic Death"... however, because there was no tragedy here. For a tragedy one needs a hero.
The book: Catholic Kick (favorite daughter of bootlegger Joe Kennedy) meets Church of England young man, soon to be a Duke and falls in love. Mostly with his title and the life she'll lead.
She teases him with her virginity and finally they marry. (Her mother Rose Kennedy has a fit, disowns her.)
Both being virgins, he can't consummate the marriage easily.... she complains to friends.
His manhood under attack, he goes off to war, then stands up on a battlefield dressed in a bright white coat and gets shot through the head. German assisted suicide.
She goes after a richer much-married Lord, and he's such a narcissistic idiot, that when a pilot tells him they can't fly through a storm, he forces the pilot to take off anyway.
Everyone dies in a plane crash. Not a tragedy at all.
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