In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide, she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero, and a defining figure of the twentieth century.
Cynthia has seldom talked in any detail about her marriage and the painful events that followed John's tragic assassination in 1980. Now she candidly reveals the good and the bad, the loving and the cruel sides of John. She tells of the breakdown of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than has ever been disclosed before and documents the difficulties estrangement from John, and his subsequent death, brought for herself and their son, Julian.
In John, Cynthia Lennon has created a vivid portrait of the 1960s, the Beatles, and the man she never stopped loving.
©2005 Cynthia Lennon; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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 read all of these 60's Rock N Roll biographies. This one is pretty good. It gives you a different perspective from Cynthia Lennon on John Lennon.
I thought there were some interesting stories and well worth the read if you are a fan of the Beatles and of course of Lennon.
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.
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.
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