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The Last Days of John Lennon is the amazing story of John Lennon's life and career, from his earliest days up to his last seconds. It tells the story of the most profound rock-and-roll genius of all time - and of the consummate Nowhere Man who took him from us.

John Lennon achieved with The Beatles a level of superstardom that defied classification. 'We were the best bloody band there was,' he said. 'There was nobody to touch us.'

In the summer of 1980, 10 years after the break-up of The Beatles, Lennon signed with a new label and hired a top producer to recruit the best session musicians, ready to record new music for the first time in years. They were awestruck when Lennon dashed off '(Just Like) Starting Over'. Lennon was back in peak form, with his best songwriting since 'Imagine'.

Even before Lennon left The Beatles, becoming a solo artist and making a life with Yoko Ono in New York City, Mark David Chapman had become obsessed with murdering his former hero. Chapman was convinced that Lennon had squandered his talent and betrayed fans with messages of hope and peace. In December 1980, Chapman quit his security job in Hawaii, signing out as 'John Lennon', and boarded a flight to New York with a handgun and bullets stowed in his luggage. He was never going home again.

Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon's friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is a true-crime drama about 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 (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Mr. P. G. Harris
  • 21-12-20

Real not Fantasy

A revealing account of Mark Chapman's state of mind that lead him to kill Lennon. A murder story interwoven with John's Beatles journey. .. not a fictional fantasy but real rock n' roll tragedy.

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  • adam
  • 03-01-21

Great read.Well researched. Great book. RIP

Well researched. Great book about a great Man. Sad he died at the best stage of his life. RIP John.

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  • Paul hibberd
  • 05-01-21

All you need is love

A perfect listen , details of Lennon throughout his life intermingled with a killers builds to a terrifying end. Although you know whats coming, it reads like a great novel .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-21

brilliantly narrated!

The entire story given in one book!
Beautifully narrated!
Highly recommended.
Very easy listening!
Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-21

If you are a Beatles fan, you'll love this

I really enjoyed this book. I got a lot more than I expected with the history of the early days of the Beatles and how hard they worked. The book also gave an overwhelming sense of of pure exhaustion that they experienced with such profound and relentless fame. John Lennon's reprieve to this he found in New York where he could walk freely with minimal harassment. Also didn't paint Yoko as the enemy like many books do. Interesting to learn of his days in LA and his come back musically. The violent way he passed was incredibly moving especially when he seemed very happy in his life at the time definitely robbing the world of him and what he did next. I would of been interested in hearing more around the history after he passed as well and about how Mark Chapman was never granted bail. A will read this again for sure as it had amazing details of music history. I look forward to reading the Kennedy Curse, James Patterson is a wonderful storyteller and history writer.