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John Lennon Audiobook

John Lennon: The Life

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Publisher's Summary

For more than a quarter of a century, Philip Norman's internationally best-selling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough.

Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.

Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions - tough and cynical, hilariously funny, but also naïve, vulnerable, and insecure - and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

©2008 Philip Norman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Norman] sharpens what we know about Lennon at just about every turn....Devotees will relish the new information, while casual readers will find a familiar story told more truly than ever before." (Rolling Stone)

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    Hiro 25/09/2016
    Hiro 25/09/2016

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    "Fascinating life story"

    Very well researched and written. Narrator did a splendid job. I really enjoyed listening to him. It's very rare to come across audiobook this good.
    Thank you for great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 22/08/2016
    Anne 22/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it moving on to book 2
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    fantastic can't wait to hear more.
    whay a wonderful story
    of a life cut too short

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  • Tomas
    Prague, CZ
    28/01/13
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    "Not a single boring minute"
    What did you love best about John Lennon?

    Very well narated. Very well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    What a complicated character this John Lennon. I can enjoy his music much more. And I am no longer an admirer, more likely a sympathetic confident.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • MaryB
    6/01/10
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    "Never written a review before, but..."

    I've never felt strongly enough to write a review before, but this is a great listen. It held me for many hours.. my only criticism is that it lacks a bit of objectivity in that the narrator clearly feels that John Lennon can do no wrong. However, the detail of the background is excellent and I would highly recommend this audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    8/01/11
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    "Fascinating!!!!"

    A fascinating book, a great listen in this format, read brilliantly by Russell Boulter. Would recommend to any fan of John Lennon or The Beatles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    15/01/11
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    "Volume 1.....Looking forward to Volume 2!"

    I knew John was no angel in his younger years, but had no idea he was such a bastard.This book does not set out to portray John as such - he just was. Maybe later, when he met Dylan and then discovered acid he changed his ways a bit - looking forward to Volume 2.

    The narration by Russel Boulter is the best I've heard on any audiobook. Nice crisp and clear with wonderful takes on Mimi and other scouse characters and most importantly it feels like he's enjoying reading it.

    Loved it so far!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    7/07/15
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    "Excellent"

    I recently listened to "Revolution In The Head" by Ian McDonald" which claimed to be about The Beatles records and the sixties. However, this is really the audiobook I expected to hear.

    This is an in depth recollection of The Beatles, their songs and the times, with an emphasis on John Lennon's life. Told with such clarity from other peoples' perspective and without subjectivity from the author.

    Informative, enlightening and a pleasure to listen to, enhanced by an excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jorge Clay
    15/06/15
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    "An excellently thorough account on Lennon's life"

    A remarkably thorough and well researched and written book on one of the greatest songwriters ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    14/03/15
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    "Fascinating"

    Well written & researched, an interesting story about an interesting man. Every time I read a book about John I am left thinking that he wasn't generally a nice man. The reasons why are part of the
    allure of his story. I still don't see what he saw in Yoko though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • brian
    3/03/15
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    "A journey through the life"

    I loved this audiobook. Well researched and thorough. It appears an honest portrayal of John's life, warts and all. I learnt much and now desire to learn more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JohnMD
    21/11/14
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    "john"
    What made the experience of listening to John Lennon the most enjoyable?

    I did enjoy this .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Lennon?

    The bad bits !


    What about Russell Boulter’s performance did you like?

    Great


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Felt for shaun


    Any additional comments?

    I brought volumne 2 which was just the last two parts of volumne 1 . I was not happy . Vol 2 doesn't seem to exist now but nobody has offered a refund .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    LARKHALL, United Kingdom
    3/10/16
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    ""Brilliant""
    Would you listen to John Lennon again? Why?

    yes, Well written & Well Narrated.


    What other book might you compare John Lennon to, and why?

    None.


    Have you listened to any of Russell Boulter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope, Well narrated


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    “Think you know john, you don’t”


    Any additional comments?

    Well written & well narrated and an interesting story but I still don't get what he saw in Yoko and I think she was in it for the money, felt sorry for Julian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Elliott
    25/07/16
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    "Excellent!"

    A powerful, spiritual and memorable in-depth account of the legend and his life, before, during and long after The Beatles.
    Excellent author, decided to pick up this book following his biography on Paul McCartney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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