It was a trip down memory lane. Loved hearing about their lives. Hard to imagine a bunch of poor kids becoming so very famous and rich so fast and not being destroyed by it all.
His performance was excellent.
No. Probably not. Although I find anything about the Beatles interesting, there were really no new details about the greatest band of all time.
The discussions regarding the Lennon and McCartney friendship and song writing partnership.
The stories about Lennon's childhood are very sad but well known to most fans. I would have liked a deeper insight into Paul, George & Ringo's backgrounds.
This book is probably for the beginning Beatles fan who desires to know more about their childhood backgrounds and humble beginnings. The narrator was excellent. I was hoping for some newly revealed funny stories and insights behind the scenes during their Hamburg and World touring years.
I own the book as well, and it's large. the reading was quite quick. I'm going to go back through and make sure I didn't miss anything, but I feel like it just kind of ended abruptly...
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This is an abridged audio version. I'm not sure what was cut, but it seemed too much a glitzy overview and focused too much on JL's stormy drug use. Also, there was not much musical analysis. Narration was good. Overall, it's a decent introduction with numerous high points.
All these decades later the mania is still infectious, and does grip the reader as they listen. It's funny, I'd read this book in paperback years ago, and remember it being a tome. In audio format, I wished it could have been longer. I would not have minded perhaps more statistics, actual sales numbers, more insights about the group's impact globally, to parallel the fascinating stories of the individuals involved. A great read and listen.
Spitz tells a fabulous story, and Molina narrated it beautifully.
Lewisohn's Tune In corrects a few factual errors, but this story moves a lot faster.
I've read many books about the Beatles and there is a lot of content here I didn't know before. And Molina brings their story to life with outstanding narration. Excellent from start to finish! Highly recommend.
Going into it I was just a fan without knowing much of their back story. Was really informative and can appreciate their music more knowing the back story to some of the best songs ever created.
I enjoyed it but I really felt like it needed more detail. The narrator is great. I feel like if you've seen the Anthology, you don't need to hear this.
This is a good start for anyone who wants to get an overview of the history of the Beatles. A word of warning though: few persons come out looking good in the end so if you harbor a idealized image of the band it might get smudged.
The focus of this book is the drama and personal relationships. A supplementary book would be Ian MacDonald's "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties" which focuses entirely on the recordings (each and every one of them). That one is a must-have for any Beatles fan.
Alfred Molina does a good job but I can't help to wonder how it would be if it was read by someone with a northern accent.