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John Audiobook

John

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.
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Publisher's Summary

When she was 18-years-old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon, and they fell in love. Their 10-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon, from Liverpool's dockside clubs to the dizzying world-wide fame that followed. And Cynthia Lennon, John's first wife, was an integral part of the swirl of events that are now an indelible part of the history of rock and roll.

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.

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    Dr. Roberts 08-07-15
    Dr. Roberts 08-07-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Pretty good"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy L. Collins 06-25-15

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    "Exceptional book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mariana Kramer Decatur, GA USA 06-07-15
    Mariana Kramer Decatur, GA USA 06-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "The story of John Lennon & his first wife, Cynthia"

    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.

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    John Leonard orlando, fl United States 05-15-15
    John Leonard orlando, fl United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "some issues"

    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.

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    Magdalena Antioch, CA, United States 04-29-15
    Magdalena Antioch, CA, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book and have read it many times."

    I resent Yoko Ono extremely. Give Julian what's his. Karma Yoko Ono. Karma. You will see. Done. Done done done.

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    SuzanneM 04-20-15
    SuzanneM 04-20-15
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    "John Lennon redux"

    If you have read prior Beatles' bios, there is very little new information here. I am glad that Cynthia got to set the record straight.

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    Sand man 04-06-15
    Sand man 04-06-15
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    "Well 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.

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    anne Chevy Chase, MD, United States 01-27-14
    anne Chevy Chase, MD, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best John Lennon bio!"
    Would you listen to John again? Why?

    Maybe, but there's so many other good books out there


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cynthia


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Easy to understand British accent, pleasant narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The comments about Yoko, how sad!


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you've read every Beatles book out there, this one is a must-- a personal and compassionate account of their journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-27-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-27-13
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    "In the beginning, no one knew him better than Cyn."
    What did you love best about John?

    It was factual and very respectful of a man which most anyone from the 60s loved and admired.


    What other book might you compare John to and why?

    None that I've read till now.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Every John Lennon lover's must see.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Barton Hattiesburg, MS, USA 05-20-06
    Barton Hattiesburg, MS, USA 05-20-06
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    "Interesting, informative, but weak"

    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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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