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Richard

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  • John Lennon: The Life

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Philip Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the definitive portrait of John Lennon. This biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into almost a secular saint.

    Let's Be Reasonable says: "Really Bad Abridgement Job (slash job)"
    "Really Bad Abridgement Job (slash job)"
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    I always go for unabridged if available because I prefer to decide for myself which passages (if any) to skim. But the abridgements I've read in the past have at least provided decent transitions and for the most part not chopped out essential passages. Not so with this butcher job. Suddenly John leaps from one school to another without transition. The formation of his first band is left out, so you are dumped immediately in the middle of his Quarrymen period. At that point, I gave up on the audiobook and bought the real book. I was, and remain, totally puzzled how this abridgement was permitted to be sold to us. It's really, really, awful. Insensitive, thoughtless, bizarre.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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