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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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  • Mick
  • Peachtree City, GA, USA
  • 10-09-05

Great book, even if Paul was your favorite.

I started playing guitar 40 years ago because of the Beatles. Cynthia brought me back in time with details that renewed my love for the Beatles. I remember the things that John did and what the press said. The book captured my attention. If you grew up with the Beatles, even if Paul was your favorite, you will enjoy this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

Though the book promises to set the record straight, to an avid fan, it does not really live up to that proclaimation. Yet it is well performed and Cynthia has told her own story and done so in a straight forward and intersting way. For any fan of the Beatles and/or Lennon it is a must read. And she does relay some stories and information that have added some insight,humor and sadness into the story. Definetly hear the unabridged version.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Molly
  • fort worth, TX, USA
  • 10-21-05

Wonderful......

I am an avid reader that is new to audio books. I have listened to several and "John" is my favorite so far.

I enjoy memoirs, and read them often..this was one of the best. This was the first book I have read about the Beatles, but it made me want to read more.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Ukiah, CA, USA
  • 07-28-08

John

The book was written by Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife, and it is look at the early days of The Beatles and their rise to the biggest band to ever exist. John fought to have the book published in the 70's; and I don't really understand why. When you hear the book you can tell that Cynthia was, and still has, love for John. She talks about the ups and downs of being married to one of the biggest stars in the music industry, about the break-up of her marriage, the lack of interaction of John and his son Julian, the impact Yoko Ono had over John and to his tragic and untimely death of a legend. I recommend this book for any fan of John Lennon or The Beatles. The little stories of her life, in hiding due to the fans, how promoters had to get The Beatles and their wives in and out of hotels and venues they staying at or entertaining. Cynthia talks about where she was when she heard the news, at Ringo's ex-wife, and that Ringo was the one who phoned to tell them. She also talks about how Ringo was at his ex-wife side when she died; which to me tells you alot about Ringo and his support for his ex-wife as opposed to John who had little to do with his at all. Well worth reading.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Arlene
  • Ruther Glen, VA, USA
  • 05-25-06

John

This book was great. I really enjoyed learning about the early days of the Beatles. I was always crazy about John and always kept up with the Beatles until Yoko came around. I always wondered why John and Cynthia broke up, and found this book very informative. Thank you Cynthia for telling your side. I wish Julian would produce more music as I saw him in concert in Florida in the 80's and he was great.

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  • Cathy
  • Peabody, MA, United States
  • 09-02-11

Interesting, Informative, Humorous, Heartbreaking

I thoroughly enjoyed this book on John Lennon by his first wife, Cynthia. I always wondered about her and what might have compelled him to be the way he was and to eventually get so involved with Yoko. Here, Cynthia tells her side of the story in a very straightforward, yet sensitive way. Plenty of amusing anecdotes and tales about The Beatles during the years that they rose to unprecedented fame. Cynthia knew John from the beginning and has a unique perspective. She writes with sensitivity and love, even when describing some hard truths. The world knows Lennon as a musical genius, but what was he really like as a person, away from the television cameras? This book lays it all out -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. A fascinating read, but definitely not for those who covet the image of Lennon as a perfect human being. He wasn't.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Starlet
  • San Carlos, CA, United States
  • 01-15-06

Believable

I gained a lot of insight from listening to this account of the Beatle's lives -- I also believed it to be a pretty true account - not exaggerated or hyped -- a very worthwhile and enjoyable read for anyone even remotely interested in their lives.

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  • Cargod63
  • palm desert, ca, United States
  • 02-16-12

A must for any Lennon fan

I very much enjoyed this look into John's personal and professional life. Kind of knocked my music idol down to being human. I did enjoy Cynthia's view of Beatlemania and how it affected their family. Very revealing into Johns demons that he struggled with every day. Made me dislike Yoko even more than I already did. Some of the things Cynthia writes ( I know one sided) even so, if even close to truth Yoko is a raging, controlling, heartless B*TCH. WOW is all I can say. most would have put a hit out on her. I feel for Cynthia and Johns family. I would recommend this book highly, narration was spot on.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Domestic John

An interesting take on a Beatles story, told by Lennon's first wife.

Cynthia felt the need to set the record straight as regards herself and her marriage. She comes off as believable if naive and tells her story with simple grace.

There is next to no talk about the music. Cynthia focuses on the highs and lows of being a woman of the '60s who made her man her world and had that world walk away from her.

Paul comes off like a generous soul. Ringo, George and Brian Epstein are remembered with affection. Ditto Stu Surcliffe. Aunt Mimi and Yoko get a real raking over.

The narrator gives the story just that right tone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful