adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP

Try our newest plan – access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Plus plan is $7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
Buy for $16.95

Buy for $16.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The story of the legendary musician’s incredible last year.

John Lennon 1980 traces the powerful, life-affirming story of the former Beatle’s remarkable comeback after five years of self-imposed retirement. Lennon’s final pivotal year would climax in several moments of creative triumph as he rediscovered his artistic self in dramatic fashion. With the bravura release of the Double Fantasy album with wife, Yoko Ono, he was poised and ready for an even brighter future only to be wrenched from the world by an assassin’s bullets. John Lennon 1980 isn’t about how the gifted songwriter died, but rather, about how he lived.

©2020 Omnibus Press (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

What listeners say about John Lennon 1980

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    90
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    81
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    80
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

In-Depth and Entertaining

I found this book to be well written and very entertaining. It does a great job telling the story of John Lennon's final year as well as filling in the backstory of the previous decade that led up to some of the events in his life in 1980. I have always seen the photos of the Lennon's in Bermuda, in the Dakota and Central Park, or recording their final album, but I never really knew the stories around them. This book goes into great depth and brings the stories surrounding these events, as well as many others, into light. The narration is excellent as well.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful Stories and Intimate Details

So glad this book was focusing on the life of John, Yoko, and their friends. The details of interactions with bandmates, producers, and even people they met on vacation. This book gave a great sense of what may have been happening in the last few months of John Lennon‘s life. Relieved that this was not about the tragic day, but rather what was making John tick as he approached his 40s. As a Beatle fan, I appreciated so many never heard before stories about this complex man.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

One of the best books ever written on John Lennon or the Beatles. It’s a great “inside” look at the most prolific composer in history. A must read for any Beatles or Lennon fans!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

well written well researched

The final year in the life of a disturbed, loving, complicated, creative genius. whom we all knew well-- navigating his final year. The story of his sailing across the Atlantic was awesome. I still miss Johns creative work to this day 42 years post mortum. This book fills in a lot of blanks.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

if you're interested in German this is an excellen

if you're interested in John and the last couple of years of his life than this is your book

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

amazing retelling

this was an amazing retelling of the life if John.
learned of things I did not know

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Watching the Wheels Up Close

Like many of you, I've read all the Beatle books and solo biographies. I have a pretty good idea of what happened to them. What I liked about this book, compared to say, John Lennon: The Life by Phillip Norman, was that Womack focused on positive aspects on Lennon's final year, rather than some of the grim situations between 1975 and 1979. I've read many times, for example, about the Bermuda trip, but this account is ripe with details and delights that other authors have ignored or never bothered to find out. I knew there were tape demos of unreleased music, but not that there were so many. It was fascinating to watch their evolution from rough ideas to gems in song. The entire book was a joy to read. And the last chapter, by the way, is handled with grace and humanity. A triumph.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beatles fans will not be disappointed!!

I’m a Beatlemaniac like so many, and in between Audible credits, I decided to look for something interesting that was included with my subscription. I stumbled across this book and absolutely loved it! Much of this info is common knowledge for Beatles fans… no doubt… but it’s told in an engaging way that keeps your interest w/ fantastic narration! And even better, there were numerous little nuggets throughout that I’d never heard before! Some truly great John Lennon trivia that I’ll be sharing with friends for years to come!

Some of the details of John’s recording sessions might be tedious to the casual reader/listener, but it actually gave me an even deeper appreciation of the music. A couple nights ago, my wife and I took a walk while listening to Double Fantasy on my phone… and I enjoyed sharing some of the fun anecdotes from the book with her as we went from track-to-track!

Great book… I highly recommend to any Beatles or John Lennon superfans that, like myself, have to know everything about them!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

outstanding

outstanding. just read it. it's part of the story. more words needed. don't over think it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Informative!!

Well researched for sure with first hand accounts by those within The Lennon’s circle near and abroad.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Stuart. G
  • Stuart. G
  • 06-14-21

A fitting Tribute

As a Lennon fan of over 40 years now, I am always a little cautious about the author's intent when it comes to biographies of the late Beatle. Scandal sells, and I've no interest in that. But I've also no interest in blind hero worship either.

This book never falls in to either trap. It feels like a relatively honest account of Lennon's last year. Never over playing either his gifts or his demons, instead the author delivers a very human story. I like bios where we're always fully aware that the subject dresses by putting on his trousers one leg at a time . John Lennon was certainly a flawed man, but that puts him in good company with the rest of humanity.

It's both comforting and sad to read how happy and enthusiastic he was about life and the future in late 1980. A beautifully read listen.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-07-21

Very interesting but desperately sad.

If you’re a fan of John Lennon, I’m sure you find this very interesting. As we all know, the ending is desperately sad. Thankfully we are saved too many gory details to concentrate on what his life was like in those last few years.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Caerwyn
  • Caerwyn
  • 08-05-21

excellent listen.

excellent listen. very interesting, sad and funny at the same time. can recommend this title.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Judith Coyle
  • Judith Coyle
  • 05-14-22

Cracking book apart from narration

What a fantastic detailed book. I found it really engaging and I'm not even a committed die-hard fan.
It was marred somewhat by the idiosyncratic narration but if you can get up that then I would recommend this book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chris Spurgeon
  • Chris Spurgeon
  • 04-26-22

So Fascinating, So Sad

I loved this book. Having struggled really to ever understand who Lennon was, this book really established a clear picture in my mind of a vulnerable, naive, intelligent and deeply loving man who's life was just coming into blossom with the release of Double Fantasy. John was ready to take the world by storm in 1981. It would have truly been his rebirth. I was totally engrossed from start to finish.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Glyn Newbould
  • Glyn Newbould
  • 04-12-22

Interesting and moving

A very well detailed and interesting insight into the family side of John and Yoko’s life, the senseless end of John’s life came as a real shock to me in my formative years so I found this piece quite moving as I knew the date was approaching, it was like we were there too which is testament to the author, I really enjoyed the Bermuda and studio segments as a budding musician myself too

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Adam Turner
  • Adam Turner
  • 03-29-22

Poignant and fascinating

Really well researched book. All the key players in John's last year are in here and the story is wonderfully captivating. For me, it made me feel like I have a better understanding of John as a person and how the people he knew affected him and he them. Desperately sad as we all know the ending but I still feel that his memory and music will us all happiness and joys for many years to come. Truly a life well lived.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-22

Good insight in to Lennon in his last years

Good listen & I enjoyed this book surprisingly, inside information and well researched. I would recommend it to John Lennon fans ❤✌🏼

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for eithne
  • eithne
  • 02-20-22

Disappointing

The Narrator’s voice is so boring and monotone. A lot of stuff about people JL encounter in his life and not enough about JL. Dreadful attempt at doing a Liverpool accent

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for D Furnell
  • D Furnell
  • 02-19-22

Good for Recording Geeks

While the detail may be too much for many, I was fascinated by the story of how Lennon shaped the songs for Double Fantasy over the year.

It may seem distasteful to go into too many details about the actual murder or give publicity to the killer, much of the book was foreshadowing the event and the lack of detail once the bullets were fired seems unbalanced (possibly there are more ghoulish accounts elsewhere).

The narrator’s voice grated on me - reminding me of Microsoft’s computer generated speaking text drone.