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Elvis and Ginger

Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
Narrated by: Ginger Alden
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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"Elvis, you and I know the truth and unfortunately you’re not here to set the record straight. With this book, I will try to.…"

Elvis Presley and Graceland were fixtures in the life of Ginger Alden, having been born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. But she had no idea that she would play a part in that enduring legacy - as Elvis Presley’s fiancée, and his last great love. For over three decades Ginger has held the truth of their relationship close to her heart. Now she shares her unique story, and while a lot has been written about the King, the Elvis we meet in this long-anticipated memoir is a revelation.

In her own words Ginger details their whirlwind romance - from first kiss to his stunning proposal of marriage. She details his exploration of Eastern religions, his perception of being a "legend", his devotion to family and friends, and her attempt to know the insular group surrounding Elvis. And for the very first time she talks about the devastating end of it all, and the 50,000 mourners and reporters who descended on Graceland in 1977, exposing Ginger to the reality of living in the spotlight of a short, yet immortal, life.

Above it all, Alden rescues Elvis from the hearsay, rumors, and tabloid speculations of his final year by shedding a frank yet personal light on a very public legend. From a unique and intimate perspective, she reveals the man - complicated, romantic, fallible, and human - behind the enduring myth, a superstar worshipped by millions, and loved by Ginger Alden.

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Elvis & Ginger

The author comes across as honest & sincere. The facts tie in with other independent sources. I got the best insight into the real Elvis Presley during the last nine months of his life, from this book The book answers all of the questions fans have had since Elvis left us. You really feel like you’re sharing the experience with Ginger. This book leaves a lasting impression.

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  • Debbie
  • 05-02-2015

I enjoyed this but not much is new here.

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I have been an Elvis fan since I was a small child. I remember where I was and how I felt shocked and a broken hearted to hear the news that he had passed away. As the years since then have passed I have read everything I could get my hands on about The King.

In this book I did not find anything enlightening or new to anything I have read before.

I dont feel that Ginger was the love of Elvis' life but I did appreciate her account of their life together. She read well and there is an honest feel about her side of the story.

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  • Sandy Charlena Sullins
  • 17-10-2014

FINALLY THE TRUTH ABOUT ELVIS AND GINGER! LOVE IT!

What did you love best about Elvis and Ginger?

I loved it all! Great Read! It was told with much honesty and depth and I believe Ginger not others who were not there but act like they were or others who were there but not behind closed doors with Elvis and Ginger.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire story from start to finish. It was a very poignant and tragic love story. I felt as though I was in the room with Ginger and Elvis.

What about Ginger Alden’s performance did you like?

She spoke clearly and precise and very heartfelt filled with much emotion in every word spoken.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and cry as I felt for Ginger and Elvis and their great love in their relationship.

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I would highly recommend this to anyone who loved Elvis to fully understand for once what really happened the last 9 months of his life and to understand Ginger and how she loved him in trying to help him and not leave him like others did. It spoke volumes of Ginger's character and I have nothing but the highest respect for this woman who was Elvis's fiancee and the last person to see him alive.

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  • Scott Glenn
  • 11-07-2020

A delusional fairytale

This book was a delusional fairytale! I had to laugh and read between the lines. Elvis had supernatural powers?? No! ya'll were just high as a kite!! What a disappointment!

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  • Marla Shirley
  • 10-06-2018

The best Elvis book!

Ginger paints a picture of life with Elvis like nobody else! Her words are so real and true, that nobody has ever been able to contradict them or refute them. She would have been his wife had he lived. Her fairytale 9 months with him were ended without warning one afternoon on August 16 1977. God bless you Ginger, they all know what the real truth is, they just won't admit it.

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  • Gracey
  • 25-09-2014

Jealous of Linda and Priscilla

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you haven't read many Elvis' books, you might just believe the lies Ginger wrote in her book.

What could Ginger Alden have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Ginger clearly talked about her marriage plans with Elvis in great details, yet it seems like it was her only wishful thinking. I don't believe Elvis wanted to really marry her. Elvis gave diamond rings to many people and I believe Ginger exaggerated a lot.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She detracted from reality. Elvis never announced her engagement to her publicly!

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Ginger talked a lot about Linda--which clearly showed how jealous she was with Linda. Linda was someone really special to Elvis after Priscilla. Ginger tried very hard to convince her reader that Elvis was serious with her. She used Elvis to give money to her parents and she had nerves to mention more than once that Linda was a high maintenance girl. This a girl who didn't have any guilt making Elvis pay for her parents' house mortgage! I do not like Ginger at all and I regret buying this book. Waste of my $

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  • TNJ
  • 05-01-2018

Terrible

The author also narrates this audiobook and has about as much emotion as SIRI. Her delivery was so bad that it was distracting. She sounded defensive throughout and their relationship sounded cringe worthy. I first listened to Linda Thompson’s book (and only did so out of interest in her relationship with Bruce Jenner not Elvis). I enjoyed her book so much that I decided to try Ginger’s book. Ginger was only with Elvis for nine months so the book could have been half the length it was (a lot of boring, desperate stories were clearly added in to make it long enough for an actual book). I am disappointed that I spent money on this!

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  • Amanda
  • 27-09-2016

She Didn't Tell the Whole Truth

Ginger only told the "good" times and not all the times Elvis almost died. In Linda's book she told everything good, bad and ugly. I wish she would've told the whole truth and not just what made her look good.

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  • Bob Massey
  • 06-10-2020

Heartfelt tale, deck has been stacked against her.

No huge revelations but a nice account told by someone with a truly unique perspective, someone who many "insiders" wrongfully dismiss as a gold-digger, someone unworthy of Elvis' affections. These people obviously all had their own agendas so it was high time that she told her story. I am sympathetic to it and grafeful to have heard it.

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  • J. Gratziano
  • 02-09-2020

Great look into a complicated life

I believe you, Ginger. This is a fascinating and well written account of the last months of Elvis’s life and an early chapter of Ginger’s. Alden comes across as a sweet, pliable southern lady with a backbone. What it must have taken to stand up to Elvis in any way. This dovetails with other accounts out there that confirm Elvis’s frustration at finding himself with a person he could not control fully. I think it woke him up a bit and helped him to enjoy a new experience after being surrounded by drooling, knuckle dragging sycophants for so long. Reading the accounts of some of the men surrounding Elvis that paint Alden as a cold fish or a gold digger clearly come from a place of misogyny and jealousy at the fortitude Alden displayed at not giving into his every whim. As a lifelong Elvis fan, my heart goes out to her but also sparks joy at knowing he was in fine company with Ginger at the end.

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  • Rhonda Sheffield
  • 18-08-2020

Loved it!

I have read several books on Elvis's life and this is probably my favorite. I really enjoyed this book. I felt she was honest and told the story well and in a personal way. I enjoyed the details of his personality, generosity, spirituality and what he was really like in the last nine months of his life. There are many laughs along the way like the machine gun and the toilet and the 50 cent McDonald's gift certificates. She did a great job as a narrator and many times I felt like I could hear the crack in her voice as the real emotions came back to her. Well worth the read.

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  • Mr. J. Gibson
  • 22-10-2020

Great insight, if at times somewhat far fetched

For a girl of 19 going on 20 in 1977 you can certainly give her the benefit of the doubt down to immaturity. There some wild claims which I won’t spoil and nothing ever gets salacious. But just bear in mind that her own absolutions towards herself afterward sound more like wishful thinking in hindsight.

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  • Richard Alan Lockwood
  • 11-10-2020

Another emotional roller coaster

Ginger speaks honestly about her dream and sometimes nightmare life with Elvis. a great insight to a puzzled but incredible man

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2020

Enlightening

What a truly inspirational book written by Ginger into the depths of her time with Elvis - both good and bad - which make for fascinating listening. The numerological & spiritual experiences have inspired my own lust for learning about numerology too! Overall a wonderful & truly emotional experience. This is not just a book, this is an emotional insight into Elvis’ most personal moments.

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  • Aaron
  • 19-09-2020

fantastic insight to such an intriguing person.

well worth the listen, told wonderfully by Ginger which adds so much to the story.

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  • mark Lennox
  • 15-06-2020

Very moving.

An honest account from the last love of Elvis presleys life. Funny,sad,moving,and intense its a must read for any True Ekvis fan.

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  • Albert Dock
  • 16-02-2020

Fascinating insight into Elvis’ way of life...

What an interesting insight into Elvis’ life. Ginger was Elvis’ last girlfriend and fiancé. Listen to her tell the story of her courtship and subsequent life, albeit tragically short, with The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll. And listen to the emotion in her voice as she recounts Elvis’ final hours. An absolute must for any Elvis fan.

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  • James
  • 20-03-2016

Very Heartfelt

Great insight into the private life and struggles of one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. A must for any Elvis fan.

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  • Kelly-Marie Evans
  • 15-11-2015

Couldn't switch this off!

I'm a huge Elvis fan. This is the first book that I've read that really paints a picture of the kind, generous, sensitive Person that Elvis was. Not the actor, not the musician but the actual person. At last someone who is not out to make money - Ginger comes across as elegant and truthful. It's so sad that they never had the opportunity to grow old together and Ginger often questions why she met Elvis and they shared happy times, but for too little time. I think Ginger was sent for Elvis to truly love and be loved in his last few months. Ginger was sent to care for him in a way that no one else would. Ginger was sent to listen, talk and pray with Elvis. And finally Ginger was sent to tell the world about the real man that was Elvis Presley.

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  • Its only me
  • 14-08-2018

Well done Ginger

What excellent writing by Ginger, it couldn’t have been easy. It was such a good read hearing about Elvis by someone who truly loved him.

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  • George
  • 15-03-2015

A Good Listen

I enjoyed it. it clearly showed that she loved Elvis very much. if only he had lived. it showed Elvis as a person, and that made for a refreshing change from Elvis the myth