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. :)
Despite the first hand insights, there is little new in this very poorly written, overwrought narration of John Lennon's life. To top it off, the production quality is an embarrassment as the text repeats itself many times throughout the story. I suppose expecting to learn much new about Lennon from his ex-wife is a bit like expecting your high school girlfriend to accurately recall details from 50 years ago-- it isn't very realistic.
Cynthia Lennon is not a writer and she has extinguished her sole topic.
For starters, a narrator who seemed a little less dramatic and breathless with every (poorly turned) sentence would help.
The last third of the book really isn't about John at all. Once he left for Yoko, the book should end. Sad as her life became, I didn't buy a book about John in order to read about Cynthia's (and Julian's) post John life. There is also plenty of filler of already well know material on the Beatles that is wasted on just about anyone who would likely buy this book.
Don't waste time with this book. If you want to really learn something, invest the time in Mark Lewisohn's definitive biography of the group's formative years. It is 800 pages and only the first in a planned trilogy-- but it is fantastic.
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.
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