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John Lennon: The Life | [Phillip Norman]

John Lennon: The Life

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.
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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)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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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    Paul Warrington, United Kingdom 15/01/2011
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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!

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    Mary Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, United Kingdom 06/01/2010
    Mary Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, United Kingdom 06/01/2010 Member Since 2007
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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.

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    Darren Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, United Kingdom 08/01/2011
    Darren Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, United Kingdom 08/01/2011
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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.

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    What did you love best about John Lennon?

    Very well narated. Very well written.


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    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.


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