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Author Randy Taraborrelli researched Kennedy history extensively and he also had the honor of participating in interviews with Kennedy clan members. In working with Hachette Productions, he has created this 18 CD volume that includes a PDF of Kennedy family personal photographs. "After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family, 1968 to the Present" is valuable in that through interviews and recalled conversations, it has become a treasure trove of information on Sargent Shriver's attempts at politics, Joan Kennedy's fight with alcoholism, John Kennedy Jr.'s involvement with Madonna, William Kennedy Smith's rape charge while he was staying in Florida, Jackie Kennedy's sad death and the tragic death of her son, John Kennedy Jr., and the loss of Ted Kennedy to brain cancer. Other things are covered well such as Bobbie's son, Joe Kennedy, announcing that the public had had enough of Kennedy men mistreating their women and that it was not the 1950's and "stiff upper lip time" anymore. "After Camelot" deals with how the second generation of Kennedy's aged and eventually died, the third generation of Kennedys, as of the writing and then recording of "After Camelot", were into doing good and reaching out to those in need, but weren't really political anymore as Patrick Kennedy did not seek re-election in 2011 and Caroline Kennedy Schlosberg realized that political office wasn't her forte.
Robert Petkoff does a brilliant job of reading "After Camelot" and interpreting the many voices of the different Kennedys consistently. He reads Ethel Kennedy's comments over the years and Ethel always sounds like Ethel. Author Randy Taraborrelli has delved into Kennedy history and through conversation-oriented chapters, shares with the reader stories that are both tragic and amazing. The listener should keep a box of Kleenex nearby as some of the chapters, such as the one on the death of John Kennedy Jr., will bring tears to most eyes. "After Camelot"'s 18 CD's mean that the listener will be engaged for hours but every minute of listening will be worth it whether you are a Kennedy fan or not. The Kennedy years were a part of American history and must not be forgotten as time passes by. "After Camelot" ensures that they won't.