Summary

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
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-10-16

Narration left a lot to be desired

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By francesca on 05-08-16

Wonderful darling

Once you get used to the fact that the narrator will miss pronounce place names - ala Melbourne - it's a good listen.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Arnold Bleicher on 06-05-16

Heretofore

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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Karen Vincent on 02-05-16

Not what I had hoped for.

What did you like best about Kick Kennedy? What did you like least?

I have read other books about her in the past. This one portrayed her as fairly self-centered as well as self-absorbed.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not much.

How could the performance have been better?

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!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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