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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 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“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

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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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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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Interesting

It was good to hear Cynthia Lennon's story. Her narration was very pleasing, caring and not bitter. Julian Lennon narrated his introduction to the book also. Interesting insight into that period of the Beatles' history. All-in-all a kind of sad but completely believable perspective into John Lennon's early years and family life. Humanizes the hero.

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Interesting

I got a glimps into a life I knew little about.I liked that Cynthia narrated the book herself, it felt like listening to a friend telling her life story-and what a story!
I often wonder who these rock star wives are, and how they cope.She seemed like a regular girl caught up in the whirlwind of Beatlemania.
Oh, and Yoko deserved the bad wrap.It was sad how John treated his firstborn son.
Cynthia handled the telling of the events with grace.
I recommend it.

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Interesting, and Moving

Cynthia herself narrates the abridged version of this book. Listening to "John" is like having Cynthia over for a cup of tea, while she tells you about that most interesting time in rock 'n roll history.
You'll come away with less respect for John after hearing about how he neglected his son both financially, and emotionally after divorcing Cynthia.
The villan of the piece is, as Beatle fans always suspected, Yoko Ono. But while she may have held some sway over John, he certainly had no excuse for neglecting his son. I feel like Cynthia lets him off a little too easily by putting most of the blame on Yoko.

It's apparent Cynthia, while still somewhat bitter, still holds some affection for John.
Her narration of John's death is very moving. Her voice breaks just a little in some spots.

Her pride in her son is also apparent and justified. It is very moving to hear her describe how he insisted, at 17 years old, to fly to New York from England, alone, after the murder of his father.

Those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's, with Beatle music in the background, will not be able to help but enjoy this book and its' insiders view of that amazing time.

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Touching Story

Cynthia, thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life!! I admire your struggle to create a home and "normal" life for John and Julian Lennon. I'm afraid you were up against great odds but you handled it with dignity. I enjoyed your book from start to finish and wish you peace and happiness.

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Heart Breaking

I love a Cynthia. She was so kind and understanding. What an example she set for her lovely d son. Genius has a very ugly side and she handled it with grace.

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Loved it

Cynthia could easily have been a woman scorned. Instead she's graceful grateful gratuitous. You never hear her say 1 bad word about anyone but it doesn't mean she's misled either. On the contrary, she's a smart woman who did her best to navigate some really hard challenges that life threw at her. Great book and easy listen.

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Lennon's Life Via Cynthia...

This is one of the truest in depth tellings of John's life from the one person who knew his life the best, you will learn more about the man than you could possibly imagine...

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Insightful, Truthful, Endearing

I am so glad that I purchased this book because aside from being a huge Beatles fan this gives you a raw inside look not only into John and Cynthia's life but the lives of the other Beatles and their lifelong friendship.

honestly written with highs and lows it gives you a better understanding of their personal lives, who they were growing up, and their lives as one of the greatest bands of all time.

I'm glad that Cynthia Lennon decided to write this book.