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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,329 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Lennon Narrator: Cynthia Lenno Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When she was eighteen years old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon and they fell in love. Their ten-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon—from Liverpool’s dockside clubs to the dizzying worldwide 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. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lennon’s eyewitness testimony vividly captures the time and place and the characters . . . her portrait of John is loving but candid. Washington Post
  • A welcome window into a period that’s typically narrated at breakneck pace, [providing] a gentle reminder that John Lennon was a human being . . . before he was a piece of history. Detroit Free Press
  • [Cynthia Lennon’s] portrait reveals an immensely talented and driven man who was capable of great passion, affection, and loyalty, but whose inability to handle confrontation and tendency toward flight from painful realities led him to abandon his family when the going got tough. Buffalo News

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/17/2014

    " This was an absolutely riveting book. I'm a big Beatles fan, but I didn't know too much of the band's backstory (except that which has evolved into legend), so this was a bit of an eye-opener. John, creative genius that he was, could be an incredibly cruel man, and while I'm sure Cynthia wasn't entirely the innocent she claims to be in the book, I now understand where the public's animosity towards Yoko Ono comes from. Holy homewrecker. Part pop culture history, part romance and part tragedy, I highly recommend this book to anyone with even the slightest interest in the Beatles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosanne | 2/10/2014

    " How can you not read and appreciate this first hand account of life with John? I felt Cynthia was truthful and as straightforward as possible. Beatles fans will always love her. As a woman, I feel for what she went through. She's a survivor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Althea | 1/28/2014

    " Great inside look at John Lennon by his first wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Monique | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I admit I teared up a bit when Cynthia was putting Julian to bed and saying that she wouldn't let John take him from her or something to that effect. "

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