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  • The Last Days in the Life
  • By: Kenneth Womack
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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John Lennon 1980

By: Kenneth Womack
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
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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.

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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.

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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.

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excellent listen.

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

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Very enjoyable

A very enjoyable perk into the private life and last year of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's lives. I was pleased the book concentrated more on their lives than his unfortunate death, going into the writing and recording of double fantasy.

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Disappointing

Sorry but this was boring. Did not like narrator's voice, the detail was of little significance. Some insight into the privileged world of John Lenton and Yoko Ono.

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A fascinating look at the last year of a legend

A book that brings Lennon back to life, even though far too briefly. You know how it will end and wish that fate had been kinder.

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Final months of the genius whose music changed the world

This is a thorough examination of John Lennon’s final months: workmanlike and at times highly detailed and forensic - at its best on the recording of Double Fantasy, Lennon’s last album, featuring his compilations and Yoko’s. His return to the public eye made him a target for the crazed ‘fan’ who murdered him outside his New York home. But it’s all the more tragic that he was killed just at the point where he’d resumed songwriting, and with such a fantastic album, whatever you might make of Yoko’s contributions. Lennon’s house-husband years effectively ended when he heard Paul McCartney’s solo hit Coming Up, inspiring him to get back to writing and recording. His last songs are incredible, the product of a remarkable spell of creativity, largely while on a long break in Bermuda. Lennon had only just turned 40 when he was shot dead but left a remarkable legacy — and more than 40 years after his death, the modern music scene continues to owe a great deal to his work, both solo and with McCartney. The narration is a bit Marmite, I suspect, but clear enough and I got used to it, listening at 1.4 times the ‘normal’ speed.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  • 02-11-20

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.

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  • jim reed
  • 01-03-21

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.

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  • John W. Zins
  • 27-08-22

One of the very best books about John Lennon

I was very surprised by this book. It is so well done entertaining and informative. Even though how I knew the story ended I kept listening to see what was happening next and how things were evolving and what was happening in his life it was incredibly well written by an obvious master of telling stories. I recommend this book to anyone interested in John Lennon, Yoko Ono or The Beatles in general. In fact I was on the fence about Yoko Ono but after listening to this book I really now understand her better and realize that she was the perfect woman to be John Lennon‘s wife.

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  • Jason Corso
  • 06-07-22

Eerily takes you through the last days of a genius

this book was great. there are lots of good anecdotes and stories. walking through johns last year with narrator is riveting, even though you know exactly when and what will finally happen. on Dec 7 1980 the world was robbed of a monumental genius, by a deranged, selfish excuse of a man. this book is a great tribute to that genius. I miss John Lennon, the crazier this country gets. I wonder what he'd say and or sing about the past several years in this country. I guess I can only imagine....
read this book. you won't regret it.

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  • John Reagan
  • 05-06-21

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!

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  • Joseph T. Hobson
  • 31-08-22

Rivetting

The heart of The Beatles, John Lennon was the icon of the Twentieth Century. It is imponderable that he was murdered,.

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  • Doug
  • 03-08-22

moving

for those of us that remember that day, much like the generation b4 us remembering Kennedy death. it is a day no one will forget hearing Howard Cosells announcement on Monday night football. He finally was at total peace with life and got his political mind "right". still miss him.

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  • Tebbe
  • 12-05-22

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.

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  • Dennis
  • 27-04-22

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

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  • Adam Johnson
  • 19-04-22

amazing retelling

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