True Compass: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Edward M. Kennedy

Narrated By: John Bedford Lloyd

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2009

Duration: 18 hours 0 minutes


Edward M. Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the great Senators in the nation's history. He is also the patriarch of America's most heralded family. In this landmark autobiography, five years in the making, Senator Kennedy speaks with unprecedented candor about his extraordinary life.

The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother, John F. Kennedy. In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he learned how to become an effective legislator.

His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love for family and an abiding faith. He writes movingly of his brothers and their influence on him; his years of struggle in the wake of their deaths; his marriage to the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy; his role in the major events of our time (from the civil rights movement to the election of Barack Obama); and how his recent diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor has given even greater urgency to his long crusade for improved health care for all Americans.

Written with warmth, wit, and grace, True Compass is Edward M. Kennedy's inspiring legacy to readers and to history.


  • Anonymous

    The book is excellent however the narrator is the reason I give the book 4 stars. Minimal infliction in his voice, times when there was insufficient pauses between chapters or sentences and finally mispronunciation of words. I don't think the narrator did the book justice.

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  • Paul in Potomac

    An autobiography written at the onset of life threatening, and ultimately life taking, cancer means that the author is likely much more reflective on arc of his life and its larger context. True Compass was possible because Ted Kennedy had already devoted significant time to an oral history through the University of Virginia's Miller Center, which was incorporated into the book. The historical perspective from the 1930's to 2009 on American society and its politics, from Ted Kennedy's personal, albeit extremely privileged perspective is worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous

    I found this book very interesting as alive history review. Getting first hand info, from someone living through it. He sure loved to sail.. At times it was a little boring Yet when he was sailing you could almost feel the wind in your face. I can't believe how strict his parents were. this book gives an interesting perspective on the Kennedy family.

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