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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Lennon Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781415925898
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“The time has come when I feel ready to tell the truth about John and me, our years together and the years since his death. There is so much that I have never said, so many incidents I have never spoken of and so many feelings I have never expressed: great love on one hand; pain, torment, and humiliation on the other. Only I know what really happened between us, why we stayed together, why we parted, and the price I have paid for being John’s wife.” —From the Introduction

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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 Meg | 2/19/2014

    " A new look at the life of Lennon from the perspective of his first wife, Cynthia. Good stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 2/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 2/10/2014

    " Yoko vilified; John escapes, barely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/23/2014

    " Very interesting look at the life of John Lennon through the eyes of his ex-wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 1/23/2014

    " Written by first wife Cynthia, this is interesting, if understandably biased. I met Cynthia Lennon at a Beatle convention years ago; she seemed like a very gracious and somewhat vulnerable woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. McNippy | 1/20/2014

    " totally awesomely cool! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginni | 1/15/2014

    " Biography of Lennon by his ex-wife. I was struck by his shockingly cold and cruel behaviour towards her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/14/2014

    " A different version of what happened before during and after the Beatle years. Well worth the time.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cain Davies | 12/27/2013

    " Brilliant. Somehow alot of this book has remained relatively exclusive to the pages and not easy to find on the internet and for that reason alone it is worth a read if you are a fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/22/2013

    " She seems pretty bitter, but I really can't blame her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth Morris | 9/21/2013

    " Great book. A good companion to Patti Boyd's memoir. There was necessarily much new or surprising in "John", but it is always interesting to hear the stories from the source. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 6/14/2013

    " Brilliant book. Honestly I cannot tell you how much I've learned from it. If you are a John Lennon fan you must read it, it gives you a different insight of his life and how he affected his family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 4/18/2013

    " This book by Cynthia Lennon is by far my most favorite book written about John Lennon. I own it and I can't tell you how many times I've read it. This book is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Fenwick | 4/13/2013

    " The truth is what we all agree on. John was a shit, that much is true, but I sure do miss him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 1/13/2013

    " An interesting look at the life of John Lennon. Definitely worth the read, especially if you're a Beatles fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alohatiki | 11/9/2012

    " When I was young he was always my fave beatle but now not so sure. Interesting book, nice to hear the wifes perpective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 4/10/2012

    " i don't think she did john justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 3/16/2012

    " Cynthia's story presented a different view of John Lennon and it is definitely a bittersweet view. Julian Lennon wrote the forward which sets up the tone of the book. I recommend this book. It is written with love and great pain. A good book to balance the artist with the flawed man and the legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/2/2012

    " Poor misunderstood much maligned John Lennon....we'll never know what the man could have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corri | 12/6/2011

    " I loved this book. It was a very interesting look at Lennon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 6/16/2011

    " A must read for any John Lennon fan. Cynthia writes a different heartfelt side of John that only a wife could know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 5/12/2011

    " God awful. Creative people should never torture normal people. Mating with other creatives is the only way.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pl | 4/11/2011

    " Interesting story, but it left MANY ???s... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Javier | 4/6/2011

    " This book should have been called Cynthia Lennon. Some interesting facts definitely. Gives you some insight on how John was in his early 20's. After that, she loses track of him and the story becomes hers and Julian's. A little too long in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/31/2011

    " Makes me rethink the people I thought John Lennon and Yoko Ono were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/13/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant. What a fantastically written book and a wonderful insight into John Lennon by someone who knew him right at the beginning. Couldn't recommend this book more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/24/2011

    " Poor misunderstood much maligned John Lennon....we'll never know what the man could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 1/6/2011

    " Great book. A good companion to Patti Boyd's memoir. There was necessarily much new or surprising in "John", but it is always interesting to hear the stories from the source. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bee | 12/20/2010

    " Excellent book. You have to really take everything with a grain of salt because it's a one sided retelling of Lennon's life. But it's easy to get caught up in this book and it's nice to see John from the other side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/29/2010

    " I loved this book and finally getting to hear Cyn's side of the story!!! I felt like I learned so much about everyone involved in The Beatles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 10/16/2010

    " I cried, I felt her pain about losing someone you love, about feeling cast out of a tightly-knit group of people. Deeply appreciated her perspective. "

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About the Author
Cynthia Lennon was born in Blackpool, England, in 1939. While attending the Liverpool College of Art she met John Lennon, whose rebellious style, caustic wit and passion for rock and roll already marked him as someone different. John and Cynthia married in 1962 and their son, Julian, was born in 1963. The Lennons were divorced in 1969. Cynthia retained custody of Julian, who saw his father sporadically until John was killed in 1980. In the years since, Cynthia has been a restaurateur, a designer and a television personality. She now lives in Spain with her husband, Noel Charles.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.