This did provide some interesting insight into John Lennon's character, but it also did shine a strong light upon Cynthia's weaknesses. She was, as it turns out, a very, very weak-willed woman paired with a very intelligent, but lazy, man. He treated her badly, and she let him, and their situation began, of course, under odd circumstances.
Don't get me wrong, it is an interesting book with some wonderful insights.
However, it certainly didn't cause me to adore John, and at the same time it did not cause me to sympathise with Cynthia. They each had lives that went (opinion-inserted-here) sordid ways. I wouldn't seek either of them out as a friend. John had some brilliance, no doubt, but he also had a heinous side. I'd want no part of that, and neither (as it turned out) did Cyn.
A very interesting read! But I don't think it will cause you to grow more fond of either of them.
As a Beatle fan I have read books about John's life. This book written by Johns wife is my favorite. The narrator did a fine job. I am sorry to have finished it so quickly as it was pure joy and entertainment.
I read one mans review of this book calling Cynthia a bitter ex wife rewriting history with John Lennon. This could be no further from the truth. I have read most books about the life of John Lennon and her version is in sync with other who knew him, his life with Cynthia and then with Yoko. RIP Cynthia and thank you for sharing your memories both good and bad.
I very much liked this fascinating back story by John Lennon's first wife, Cynthia. I was only a few years younger than they were in the 60's and still in college when "Beatlemania" hit the U.S. I always wanted to know the true story of the Lennons and now I was able to hear it.
while the book was good and informative I believe the author was naive. whenever she talked about herself she always was accommodating and seemed to be a spectator in her own life. but it was definitely a interesting life.
I resent Yoko Ono extremely. Give Julian what's his. Karma Yoko Ono. Karma. You will see. Done. Done done done.
Gives a new light and a new viewpoint about John Lennon. It also shows Cynthias animosity and betrayal by Yoko. Makes the picture of Yoko's influence and interruption in the direction the Beatles went quite obvious.
Maybe, but there's so many other good books out there
Easy to understand British accent, pleasant narration.
The comments about Yoko, how sad!
Even if you've read every Beatles book out there, this one is a must-- a personal and compassionate account of their journey.
It was factual and very respectful of a man which most anyone from the 60s loved and admired.
None that I've read till now.
Audible books read by someone with an accent normally distracts me from the story. However, being this was about one of the most famous English people I'm familiar with, her accent kept me in the moment the entire book.
Every John Lennon lover's must see.
It is quite obvious to me how much Cynthia loved John before he became "The Beatles' John Lennon" and beyond.
Julian's forward was very touching.
No surprise about Yoko.
The whole book felt to me like it was written with love.
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.