Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
For 25 years William Noonan and John F. Kennedy, Jr. were best friends. Sharing an adolescence in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, the two frequented beach bonfires and the Monday-night yacht-club dances, took road trips, shared albums, sneaked cigarettes on the widow’s walk of John’s house, and scored beer together. And as they grew older, John and Billy never lost the connection they forged in the Kennedy compound as two young boys who had both tragically lost their fathers.
A humble and touching memoir, Forever Young uncovers the private John F. Kennedy, Jr from the matchless vantage point of a longtime childhood friend. Forever Young ispacked with never revealed details of John and Carolyn Bessette’s courtship and wedding, the launch of George, John’s unusually close relationship with his mother Jackie, and the heartbreaking aftermath of the plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard that killed John, Carolyn, and Carolyn’s sister. Noonan also shares the more ribald episodes, including John’s many famous conquests, skirmishes with paparazzi, and his stint as People’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” The definitive story of the son of Camelot, Forever Young is a touching and revelatory tribute to a friendship between two men—and a life cut devastatingly short.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 06, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #139,746 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#755 in Historical Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#951 in Biographies of Politicians
#2,641 in Biographies of Celebrities & Entertainment Professionals
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2010
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Written by one of John's longest friend, Billy Noonan describes how they met on the Cape and how they lived their lives. Billy spent a great deal of time with Jackie also and gives a great perspective of her life and his respect for her. In addition, Billy lost a father at 13 and had this in common with Jr.
This book is nothing more than a tale of two Baby Boomers living in a glorious period in America. But when one of the "normal" individuals is JFK, Jr., it takes on an entirely different perspective. The incidents that happened due to this fame are interesting to read as he relays his fascination and JFK, Jr.'s frustration dealing with the problem. Unfortunately, Carolyn Bessette was not equipped to deal with this intrusion into a normal life. I remember the incident where JFK poured water on a paparazzi on the Cape intruding on Carolyn and how he later came out and talked with the photographer attempting to apologize or at least ask for space. This is what is conveyed in this book. A compassionate individual who understood much more than the world will ever know. Always willing to help others in the world and as relayed by Noonan, a deeper understanding of the world problems brought out in their debates where Noonan took on a more conservative approach.
I haven't voted Democratic and encourage you to not let your politics influence your decision to read this book. JFK Jr. is as close as this country will ever have to royalty and this book confirms what I've always felt, he wears the crown well.
I have read now 4 books and even though Caroline would rather not have personal things out there (totally understand), I have been able to take away a little more of what kind of person John was. For the most, he handled his life pretty well.
I am so sad that he is not here today and we had to read about him... I think, he would have been good for this Country in the future... He sure could not have messed it up anymore then it is now!!!
I know, it would never happen but would love to read a book from Carolyn Kennedy's family. Be interesting to read those thoughts.