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Summary

"Elvis, you and I know the truth and unfortunately you’re not here to set the record straight. With this book, I will try to.…"

Elvis Presley and Graceland were fixtures in the life of Ginger Alden, having been born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. But she had no idea that she would play a part in that enduring legacy - as Elvis Presley’s fiancée, and his last great love. For over three decades Ginger has held the truth of their relationship close to her heart. Now she shares her unique story, and while a lot has been written about the King, the Elvis we meet in this long-anticipated memoir is a revelation.

In her own words Ginger details their whirlwind romance - from first kiss to his stunning proposal of marriage. She details his exploration of Eastern religions, his perception of being a "legend", his devotion to family and friends, and her attempt to know the insular group surrounding Elvis. And for the very first time she talks about the devastating end of it all, and the 50,000 mourners and reporters who descended on Graceland in 1977, exposing Ginger to the reality of living in the spotlight of a short, yet immortal, life.

Above it all, Alden rescues Elvis from the hearsay, rumors, and tabloid speculations of his final year by shedding a frank yet personal light on a very public legend. From a unique and intimate perspective, she reveals the man - complicated, romantic, fallible, and human - behind the enduring myth, a superstar worshipped by millions, and loved by Ginger Alden.

©2014 Ginger Alden (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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  • James
  • Gloucester, United Kingdom
  • 20-03-16

Very Heartfelt

Great insight into the private life and struggles of one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. A must for any Elvis fan.

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Couldn't switch this off!

I'm a huge Elvis fan. This is the first book that I've read that really paints a picture of the kind, generous, sensitive Person that Elvis was. Not the actor, not the musician but the actual person. At last someone who is not out to make money - Ginger comes across as elegant and truthful. It's so sad that they never had the opportunity to grow old together and Ginger often questions why she met Elvis and they shared happy times, but for too little time. I think Ginger was sent for Elvis to truly love and be loved in his last few months. Ginger was sent to care for him in a way that no one else would. Ginger was sent to listen, talk and pray with Elvis. And finally Ginger was sent to tell the world about the real man that was Elvis Presley.

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  • George
  • North Ferriby, United Kingdom
  • 15-03-15

A Good Listen

I enjoyed it. it clearly showed that she loved Elvis very much. if only he had lived. it showed Elvis as a person, and that made for a refreshing change from Elvis the myth

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Feels like you are there

Would you consider the audio edition of Elvis and Ginger to be better than the print version?

I only have the audio version but would like to get the print version too

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Really enjoyed listening to Ginger tell her story, it was enjoyable, and also extremely moving. She relates the story in such a way that you feel you are right there with her, and can visualize in your mind the places she describes with such detail. I am happy to know that Elvis was wanting to tour, wanting to make changes in his life and was not a man that was on the verge of giving up on life like others have tried to make out, he was looking forward to a future with Ginger. It is a book I will listen to again and again.

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Deeply moving

Would you listen to Elvis and Ginger again? Why?

Wonderful caring account from an honest lady

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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I think this is a wonderful insight into a personal love story, Ginger comes across as a lovely person and Elvis was blessed to have such a lady in his life a true heart . Shame she was not treated in the manner Elvis would of wanted after his death .

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Love.

I really felt the love and the warmth in the way ginger told her story. I think that they both loved each other and its a shame I didn't happen.

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  • Debbie
  • 05-02-15

I enjoyed this but not much is new here.

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I have been an Elvis fan since I was a small child. I remember where I was and how I felt shocked and a broken hearted to hear the news that he had passed away. As the years since then have passed I have read everything I could get my hands on about The King.

In this book I did not find anything enlightening or new to anything I have read before.

I dont feel that Ginger was the love of Elvis' life but I did appreciate her account of their life together. She read well and there is an honest feel about her side of the story.

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  • Doris
  • 03-07-16

not believing most of this

the writing was fine I thought the reading was good. However I do not believe the most of the story for one thing anybody who knows Elvis are no anything about Avenue that Priscilla was the love of his life so just say that he never been in love before was pretty much a fabrication. to say she wanted to suck the record straight that I was was wonderful person but she portrayed him as a month stir and it abuser. I'm sorry I'm not buying most of this.

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  • Sandy Charlena Sullins
  • 17-10-14

FINALLY THE TRUTH ABOUT ELVIS AND GINGER! LOVE IT!

What did you love best about Elvis and Ginger?

I loved it all! Great Read! It was told with much honesty and depth and I believe Ginger not others who were not there but act like they were or others who were there but not behind closed doors with Elvis and Ginger.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire story from start to finish. It was a very poignant and tragic love story. I felt as though I was in the room with Ginger and Elvis.

What about Ginger Alden’s performance did you like?

She spoke clearly and precise and very heartfelt filled with much emotion in every word spoken.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and cry as I felt for Ginger and Elvis and their great love in their relationship.

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I would highly recommend this to anyone who loved Elvis to fully understand for once what really happened the last 9 months of his life and to understand Ginger and how she loved him in trying to help him and not leave him like others did. It spoke volumes of Ginger's character and I have nothing but the highest respect for this woman who was Elvis's fiancee and the last person to see him alive.

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  • Amanda
  • 27-09-16

She Didn't Tell the Whole Truth

Ginger only told the "good" times and not all the times Elvis almost died. In Linda's book she told everything good, bad and ugly. I wish she would've told the whole truth and not just what made her look good.

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  • Arnold from Taylorsville NC
  • 21-02-18

A Heartfelt Memoir

I had put this book off for some time because I thought it was a fluff piece. However, it remained on my book list. Now that I have finished it, I have a lot more respect for Ginger. She courageously scripted honest and sincere, deep thoughts and feelings into her book. Eventhough Elvis had experienced vastly more of life when they met, I thought it was most significant that he began to temper his mood swings through Ginger's intolerance.

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  • Danajaym
  • 31-01-18

Saying goodbye

I'm sad that I have reached the end of the book. Goodbyes are always hard

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  • TNJ
  • 05-01-18

Terrible

The author also narrates this audiobook and has about as much emotion as SIRI. Her delivery was so bad that it was distracting. She sounded defensive throughout and their relationship sounded cringe worthy. I first listened to Linda Thompson’s book (and only did so out of interest in her relationship with Bruce Jenner not Elvis). I enjoyed her book so much that I decided to try Ginger’s book. Ginger was only with Elvis for nine months so the book could have been half the length it was (a lot of boring, desperate stories were clearly added in to make it long enough for an actual book). I am disappointed that I spent money on this!

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  • Colleen A. Braun
  • 20-12-17

A really intimate look into Elvis's last year.

it's a sincere account of a young woman's journey into a Superstar World. Ginger does a great job retelling her fascinating love story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-17

A beautiful, honest and touching love story

Thank you Ginger for sharing your memories and life with Elvis. He was such a loving, giving and spiritual man. It is people such as you that help us remember he is still with us.
I loved listening to you narrate your book.

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  • WHG
  • 24-10-17

Great audio book

Thank you Ginger for sharing your story. I could feel your pain, but at the same time, you got to share your life, even though it was a short period of time, with the King. I feel your mom got screwed in the end. Regardless of what others state, Elvis’ wishes were not respected. I listened to the audio version, and the book was well written, and I’m glad you narrated it. I could feel your emotions throughout it.