This is among my favorite audiobooks. I'm a Beatles fan and really enjoyed this honest, intimate view of John's early adult years from the perspective of his first wife. It wasn't particularly well-written and I don't think it bared any details that we didn't know already, or that we couldn't have easily surmised. But fans of the Beatles will probably enjoy the intimate perspective of a woman who loved John.
It's no surprise that there is no love lost between Cynthia Lennon and Yoko Ono -- understandably so. The fact that Yoko is still alive at all means Cynthia handled that situation better than I would've! But you can tell from the final three chapters of this book that Cynthia definitely had an agenda that wasn't JUST to remember John. After John's death, there maybe should've been one final chapter, discussing his children (specifically Julian) and John's legend and lasting cultural impact. But we got two additional chapters, discussing conflicts with Yoko even years after John's death. Now, I'm no fan of Yoko Ono, but this just seemed a little out of place with the rest of the book being portrait of John. I feel like she maybe should've just stuck with that. And then she should write a separate book about Yoko, that man-stealing cow. :)
I come at this book from a life-long Beatles fan and someone with an extensive collection on books about the Beatles. It's always interesting when you can read what someone as close to the group as Cynthia Lennon was during the days of "Beatlemania."
I found this to be a somewhat knew look at John, but at the same time I couldn't help but be aware of how biased the writng was, since it's quite obvious that Cynthia still loves John very much.
I also wasn't crazy about the reader, although I never did figure out if it was because of the way the book was read or the way it was written. I just felt like it was read in a way that made Cynthia Lennon sound like a martyr.
That being said, I did enjoy the book and found it a different perspective of the story of the Beatles as has been told hundreds of times.