• Elvis and Ginger

  • Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
  • By: Ginger Alden
  • Narrated by: Ginger Alden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (488 ratings)

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Elvis and Ginger

By: Ginger Alden
Narrated by: Ginger Alden
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2014 Ginger Alden (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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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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Top Shelf Elvis Book!

Wow. This was an incredibly special book written by Ginger. I am so glad she decided to tell her story and truth. This is a wonderful book and every Elvis fan will enjoy it. You will also learn things. Fun things, hard things, happy things, sad things. But all important things. Bc Ginger is important to Elvis’ story. I’m so glad this book is here for us to learn more about her and Elvis. I’be been a huge fan for most of my life and I learned a lot from Ginger’s book. I’m sure I will read it again and again. Thank you so much, Ginger for this amazing gift!
Emily

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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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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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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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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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awesome for Elvis fans

Loved this book. Done very well
Loved that it was narrated by the author. Thumbs up

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Excellent

I feel I finally know the truth now, God bless you Ginger and may Elvis Rest with God

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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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Great Love Story

Seems Elvis had his demons he battled, but I do think he was sincere in the time and attention that he gave to others according to Ginger.

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  • Its only me
  • 08-14-18

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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  • James
  • 03-20-16

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
  • 11-15-15

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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  • Christine
  • 09-25-22

Enthralling

I loved Elvis and am so happy that you have shared stories in your book about him. I love he was spiritually enlightened and believed in holistic therapies. He was advanced in his thinking. 😍 My heart breaks for Gingers loss of a life she could have had. Also Lisa s loss I pray you all found peace .

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  • P. Pender
  • 07-20-22

heartfelt and sincere memories

Ginger's story is a beautiful love letter to a man she fell in love with and a man who died too soon. I enjoyed listening to her telling her story. There have been many books written about Elvis this one seemed to me to be the truest of accounts of what happened.

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  • Andy Gibney
  • 07-09-22

His last love, well told

A fascinating insight by the woman who loved Elvis last. We get to see his life in detail and also hear his thoughts. Well narrated by Ginger.

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  • Mrs Kelly Sumal
  • 07-05-22

Fascinating heart tugging insight

I couldn’t stop listening. Such a heartfelt account of the last few years of his life-lots of fascinating details! Listen to it, you won’t be disappointed

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  • M Haylock
  • 04-09-22

Exceptional

Truly mesmerising, great detail in every aspect. Didn't want it to end. A real honest Love Story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-22

Good to hear the true story

it's good to hear the true story, the love they shared truly amazing and shame on a lot of others!!!

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  • Michele Lewis
  • 03-02-22

Enlightening story

I didn’t know anything about Ginger and listening to this book, I truly believe she loved Elvis and had his best interest at heart, which was obviously not the intention of a lot of people around him at the time! He was obviously an amazing man who was generous to the core! Thank you for sharing Ginger 😍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-22

Connie .. Melbourne Australia

Growing up with Elvis’s pictures stuck on the wall of my bedroom & With my first pay check I bought the first record of Elvis’s (rock-a-hula Baby) & I listen to it every day
Ginger I loved hearing you read
The book, I almost felt I was actually living every moment with you
I felt your pain with every word you read, I also remember feeling your pain at the time when we all heard of his death.
Thank you for sharing Ginger

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-22

an absolutely amazing story

what an amazing book. it's so kool to here the little things that happened. it's those little detail that helps the imagination to live within the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-22

Another great insight to Elvis’s life

Really enjoyed this book. Ginger Narrated it well and made me more curious of elvis

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-22

Enjoyable insight.

Some of the other reviews of this book are entirely unfair. I enjoyed hearing Ginger’s recollection of her time with Elvis who was clearly a very complex and damaged man by that time and who had entire control of a very young women.

Ginger very clearly states that she spent a long time not long after his death writing down her memories of Elvis as part of her grieving process so the questions on how she remembers so much are unfair.

Do I think it’s watered down to make people look favourable, sure. And of course there is no doubt a tonne that was left out to protect. But this is a women, recalling an experience a long time a go. No doubt the 40 years between a fair few realisations & processing took place and I can’t imagine going through this as a extremely naive and star struck 20/21 year old women.

Anyway, thanks for sharing Ginger. It’s a fascinating read, that does get a bit boring and repetitive at times but interesting all the same.

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  • julierburnett
  • 07-01-22

Uninspiring narrative badly narrated

This is a poorly written story about a narcissist and fan. Ginger narrates it tonelessly so it becomes an endless monologue. Elvis is an abusive, spoilt drug addiction and Ginger portrays herself as sickeningly naive.

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  • S Langford
  • 04-27-22

I no longer like Elvis Presley.

Ginger Alden isn’t a particularly engaging narrator; the cadence and tone of her voice isn’t appealing when a listener is required to commit hours of listening.

As for the story - I found it difficult to like Elvis after listening to Ginger’s account of her life with Elvis.

He came across as an uneducated, misogynistic, sexist, violent man who groomed very young women to fit into his life according to his desires, wants and needs. No woman deserves the controlling, emotionally manipulative, physically violent life EP offered. His generosity appeared more about control than it did about generosity.

Elvis’ death was tragic and his life was sadly short but this may have been the bullet that Ginger Alden dodged both figuratively and literally.

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  • Vicky May
  • 06-16-21

Brilliantly written.

Loved hearing the inside story of EPs last few months.
A definite narcissistic, manipulative man.
Thinking he could 'buy' peoples love.
Sad for him.
This is why he went straight for young women he could potentially 'mould'.
My heart weeped for Ginger as young and impressionable woman who fell for him.
I'm more than sure that as she grew into 'herself', she knew, looking back, what her relationship with him was all about.
Lasting Impression? Elvis was a spoilt brat from birth. Although he had little? He was given everything. Especially from his mother.
He treated people with such disrespect but thought his 'generosity' would keep their loyalty and respect.
Nup. Doesn't work that way ol mate.
Too little, too late.
RIP though.. you legend.

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  • christopher
  • 04-29-19

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.