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Jack

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  • Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Lewisohn
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (241)
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    Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
    "Without Doubt, the Definitive Beatles Biography"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tune In to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, so I cannot say. However, one gets the sense that this would drag on if not performed as well as Mr. Mantle.


    What other book might you compare Tune In to and why?

    The only book I have read that even compares to the depth of detail and the complexity of outlook would be The Second World War by Antony Beevor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the final chapters as the group nears stardom- just as the pace of their lives begins to pick up, so too does the narrative.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The definitive biography of the group without definition.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually do not take the time to review things on the internet. It is fairly obvious that the number of people who will read this is small, so it might not make much sense to write this. However, this audio book is worth the effort to support.

    The combination of a stirring, complete narrative encompassing the lives, influences and impact of these boys from Liverpool with a lively, humourous and all around wonderful performance by Mr. Clive Mantle sets this apart from any other biography I have ever come across. Not only did it hook me and keep me interested through over 40 hours of commentary, but it had me looking forward to turning it on again. And what might be more impressive is its success in keeping me guessing as to what would come next, owing to its attention to detail and vast collection of perspectives.

    When the recording finished, I immediately searched for part two and was devastated to discover the later books will not be released for at least a few years. I understand why, though. These must be draining to compile, even for a seasoned Beatles historian like Lewisohn.

    I highly recommend this audio book for those who are not satisfied with glossing over details of this group and would like the unadulterated truth of their early years as individuals and as The Beatles.

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