John

  • by Cynthia Lennon
  • Narrated by Cynthia Lennon
  • 5 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

With an introduction by his son Julian, John covers what Cynthia Lennon calls the "most exciting, extraordinary, and eventful 10 years of John Lennon's life". Her memoir reveals private moments and insights that cover the beginning of love, the unraveling of a marriage, and the birth of a legendary voice and band. And then there's Yoko...

Cynthia says, in her own words, that "the time has come when I feel ready to tell the truth about John...there is so much I have never said, so many instances I have never spoken of, so many feelings I have never expressed. Only I know what really happened to us, why we stayed together, why we parted, and the price I paid for being John's wife". This sets up a grand expectation, and Cynthia - through John - delivers the goods in way that's often surprising, sometimes shocking, and often touching. It's as much her story as his, and you can't turn your ears away.

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Excellent for fans

Hearing the story of John Lennon in his first wife's own audible, as well as written, words added a lot. The story itself was always interesting, if you thought you knew the history. Now, I'm curious to know what was edited out for this abridged version.
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- Holland

He was a real nowhere man

I've read many books and magazine articles about The Beatles so I was particularly fascinated with hearing Cynthia's story. I listened with great intent. It's well written and well narrated (not by Cynthia). The book is not disapponting but, sadly, I found John to be as the forward by Julian will attest (of course, only a select few know the real truth). But I believe Cynthia's sincerity, introspection and vunerabilty. A great book for any fan of John's music.
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- Stuart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio