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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Feb. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQFB4Y
The Importance of Being Kennedy Audio Download – Unabridged
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Let's rewind. I have never read a Laurie Graham book before and came about this one by accident when I was looking for general books on the Kennedys after having read the story of Rosemary (and also visiting Chatsworth and the Kick Kennedy connection there). I was intrigued and wondered how a fictional character could believably tell the story - how that could possibly work - but work it does. I laughed out loud at Nora's put downs and comments, loved the way the saga began right at the start of the Kennedy childrens' lives and how she spent her whole life with them. The section in the latter part of the book about Nora's involvement in World War 2 was also very informative and could have made an interesting story of its own even without the Kennedys playing a part.
It has made me want to read more about the family but I know I will want to find out more about Nora because the character was so real and you want to believe that she actually was the family nurse maid! As others have said, the ending was very poignant and as I put the book down on completion I had a little cry. Not done that over a book for a long, long time.
I look forward to reading more of her books if they are as good as this.
The narrator of this book is the English nanny to the Kennedy family and the reader is drawn into the fact and fiction web of this famous family. At times very moving and at others quite lighthearted I felt I had experienced a history lesson and a really good story all rolled into one!
A not very flattering portrayal of the Kennedy parents, particularly Mrs Kennedy. Graham paints her as a very cold hearted mother, a dreadful snob and more concerned about what the public think than her own children. The dismissal of Rosie and the non-attendance at Kick`s funeral beggars belief.
All written and very believable!