What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Carole Radziwill

Narrated By: Carole Radziwill

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2005

Duration: 5 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

What Remains is a haunting memoir about a girl from a working class town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.

Carole DiFalco Radziwill grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric cast of characters. At the age of nineteen, she struck out for New York City to find a different life. Her career at ABC News led her to the refugee camps of Cambodia, to a bunker in Tel Aviv, and to the scene of the Menendez murders. Her marriage led her into the old world of European nobility and the newer world of American aristocracy.

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy, Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. The summer of the plane crash, the four friends were meant to be cherishing Anthony's last days. Instead, Carole and Anthony mourned John and Carolyn, as Carole planned her husband's memorial.

Carole Radziwill explores the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention with unflinching honesty.

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  • Joe-Ann Bianco

    Being quite interested in all Kennedys, I found this book ..to be a different slant on their lives. Although, not really about THE KENNEDYS...I got a glimpse of their close relatives that I had never seen before. The reader was not great, but I got used to her. If you are a Kennedy Buff and interested in the behind the scenes of the rich and famous, you might enjoy this book. Otherwise...I'd skip it...wasn't a 'must read' but great if you are into the lives of the KENNEDYS.

  • Marie G

    I so enjoyed listening to this book. A glimpse into the lives of famous, yet real, people. I particularly like that it is read by the author.

  • Constance Goodman

    The book itself was excellent. It made me laugh and cry at times. The profound loss of the author really made me think. I did not like the reader. Her voice did not lend itself to the richness of the emotional context of the book.