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Publisher's Summary

Discover one of the greatest true crime stories in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it.

With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. “We were the best bloody band there was,” he says. “There was nobody to touch us.” Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once worshipped his idols from afar - but now harbors grudges against those, like Lennon, whom he feels betrayed him. He’s convinced Lennon has misled fans with his message of hope and peace. And Chapman’s not staying away any longer. 

By the summer of 1980, Lennon is recording new music for the first time in years, energized and ready for it to be “(Just Like) Starting Over". He can’t wait to show the world what he will do. 

Neither can Chapman, who quits his security job and boards a flight to New York, a handgun and bullets stowed in his luggage. 

The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is the thrilling true story of two men who changed history: One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day - and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.

©2020 James Patterson, Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“A must read for music fans, true crime aficionados, or anyone looking for a deep, insightful dive into a dark chapter of American history.” —Town & Country

“Incredibly tense and thriller-like … I totally recommend it.”—Lee Child, #1 bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

“A first-rate book . . . a winner.”—Baltimore Post Examiner

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A rehash of every other book written about John’s

This book has a very misleading title. Most of it is about John’s boyhood and days with the Beatles. Nothing new here.

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Rehash

Nothing new if you’ve read anything else about Lennon or the Beatles. Very disappointing. I’m actually angry about this purchase. I feel duped.

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5 Stars Overall! Not crazy about the final line...

Easy to listen to easy to follow for anyone, especially if you or any kind of Beatles/John/Paul/George/Ringo fan... particularly liked the back-and-forth English accent when talking about John and American accent when talking about his killer (whose name I refuse to repeat).

I did not, however, like the final stanza of the book and ending with John’s killer’s distorted viewpoint. It lingers like a stench you can’t air out. The man is horribly disturbed and while he obviously holds a place in John’s story, I feel it gave him way too much attention, which only fed into his narcissistic motivation to insert himself into John’s life to begin with.

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Not Really About the Last Days

This book chronicles Lennon's whole life and career in a way that comes off as very personal and well researched. That said, haven't we all heard all of this before. from the title I expected a more detailed, intricate study of the period near the end of his life, hopefully with some new insights into his reclusive final years and reemergence with a burst of creativity and fresh respect for his life and art. we get a bit of that near the end, but really nothing new or insightful. The narrator is quite good and the book is well written.

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I thoroughly was entranced by this book. It is not the usual story of John Lennon or, of his killer. The story envelopes you in the teen struggles of John and the other Beatles to become a polished musical group, often adding humor as they managed to make it to the top. They also suffered sorrows and yet they made it! They were astonished by the twists and turns they followed to become the best. They were scared at times of all the overwhelming crowds and how to navigate their ways. Eventually each seemed to branch out into a path of their own but continued to love & respect each other.
Yet, totally as if from another book, a chapter would pop up now & then about one lonely, abnormal, persistent man with one goal in his life, to kill John Lennon. Though we knew how the story would end, it was easy to get caught up in John’s personal problems and joys, post Beatle years. And so, when the chapter came through, where the murderer succeeded, you were not ready for it, and it was as if it had happened all over again. I was placed back in 1980, in tears.

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old material poorly presented

If you have read much Beatles material, you'll find little new here, and very little having anything to do with Lennon's "last days." Maybe 5% of the book actually pertained to Mark David Chapman and the day he shot Lennon. The other 95% is a poorly written summary of Lennon's career in music, all of which you can read in other books with much better presentation. The prose were very dry, almost like a history textbook, lacking in color or insight, evoking no emotions. It's a short listen, and yet I kinda want my 8 hours back.

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And in the end...

I’ve read literally thousands of pages about Lennon and the life of the Beatles including Albert Goldman’s excellent “the Lives of John Lennon” and Peter Browns “The Love you Make”. I hesitated to buy this as I didn’t think there could be anything new on the topic . I was wrong- the book is outstanding with a new point of view. The British narrator does a superb job in capturing the accents and nuances of the voices of Lennon and McCartney as well as all the other characters he reads. For my generation, we remember where we were on December 8, 1980. Not to be missed by Beatles fans, Lennon fans or fans of history . Can’t wait to see who Patterson takes on next.

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Misleading

If you are expecting the book to center on the title, it doesn't until the end of the book. This was more of John Lennon s history with story perspectives of Mark David Chapman in between chapters. Being a Beatles fan. I enjoyed this, but stuff already known.

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Definitely not the "last days."

First not a fan of the title... these were not the last days of John Lennon. if you're looking for that I suggest Fred Seamen's book "John Lennon The Last Days." this was a fun read though and as a die hard Beatles fan I did manage to learn a few new things and rediscover old ones. where this audiobook shines is the performance! they do the different voices incredibly and actually sound super close with their imitations!

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I’ve read many of James Patterson’s books, and enjoy his writing. I also enjoyed all the research and insight he put into the early days of the Beatles and learning more about the man behind the genius that made John Lennon who he was. However, I felt like Patterson was trying to give the reader some meaning behind Chapman’s despicable act towards the end of the book. There’s no story, no meaning, Chapman was, and is, an insane, murder…nothing more.

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