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The Beatles Audiobook

The Beatles: The Biography

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Publisher's Summary

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

The product of almost a decade of research, hundreds of unprecedented interviews, and the discovery of scores of never-before-revealed documents, Bob Spitz's The Beatles is the biography fans have been waiting for.

Never before has a biography of musicians been so immersive and textured. We are there in the McCartney living room when Paul and John learn to write songs together; backstage the night Ringo takes over on drums; in seedy German strip clubs where George lies about his age so the band can perform; and at the Ed Sullivan Show as America discovers the joy and the madness. From Shea to San Francisco, through the London night, on to India, through marmalade skies, across the universe, all the way to a rooftop concert and one last moment of laughter and music.

It is all here, the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, the magic never again to be repeated. Bob Spitz's masterpiece is, at long last, the biography the Beatles deserve.

©2005 Bob Spitz; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Non-Fiction, Abridged

"As with all great history writing, Spitz both captures a moment in time and humanizes his subjects. While some will blanch at the unsettling dark sides of the Beatles, most will come to appreciate the band even more for knowing the incredible personal odysseys they endured." (Publishers Weekly)

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    true britty Minnesota 07-18-16
    true britty Minnesota 07-18-16 Member Since 2016

    just one more book lover

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    "Should not be abridged"

    Alfred Molina is an excellent narrator for a book that feels like a high school outline on the Beatles.

    The original book was over 900 pages. This must be pared to half the length, at least.

    All the same, the Beatles always make for a fascinating read. The usual suspects and high and low points are here.

    I do quibble with the author's strong suggestion that Lennon had a fling with Brian Epstein. Nothing wrong with that but this abridged version at any rate doesn't give strong support for that claim--which made me begin to doubt the research for other parts of the book.

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    Sloane Bouchever 06-07-16
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    "Excellent from start to finish!"

    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.

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    Brian 02-16-16
    Brian 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Bio Of The Greatest Band Ever!"

    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.

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    matthew j triolo 05-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "More detail: decent for a Beatle beginner"

    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.

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    Jonatan Linköping, Sweden 10-02-13
    Jonatan Linköping, Sweden 10-02-13
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    "The ups and downs (and downs) of Beatles"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Beatles to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 02-12-12
    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and

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    "A great listen, made the story come alive."

    I'm 57, so I grew up with the Beatles and I knew most of the story, but not in this detail. It has just enough history of the four Beatles to give you an idea of who they were before they became Famous, and their life during and after Beatlemania gives you an idea of what they went through. The old saying "be careful what you which for, you might just get it" comes to mind. When the Beatles said, in 1962-63 that they were going to be the toppermost of the poppermost, they certainly got that. But by 1966, they may have wished for a little less. I greatly enjoyed this book, and Alfred Molina's narration was very good. Perfect for this subject.

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    Jose TIJUANA, Mexico 02-02-12
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    "Very well done"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very amusing and even though you might be a Beatle fan, it sheds some light on those inner details during the Beatles' life which rounds up your perspective, besides, the narrator voice is easy to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beatles?

    Their first visit to America with Ed Sullivan


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    Brian Epstein


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Their visit to The Phillipines and when Yoko got her nose stuck to the point of even deciding to discard -in front of George Martin, Beatles'songs.


    Any additional comments?

    Great one audiobook.

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    Tesia 01-17-11
    Tesia 01-17-11
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    "Fab Book about the Fab Four"

    Engaging, full of detail and well paced. Loads of information, background and juicy bits. Alfred Molina's narration is fabulous!! His inflection and pace are great and he infuses the story with plenty of character. Highly recommended.

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    Joy Bear, DE, United States 01-01-11
    Joy Bear, DE, United States 01-01-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration on a good book"

    Alfred Molina did a superb job in making this an enjoyable listening experience. Good content, not much new information but overall entertaining.

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    Tad Davis 07-03-10
    Tad Davis 07-03-10
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    "Reasonably complete"

    A reasonably complete overview of the Beatles' joint career, with three basic flaws. The first is that it's abridged. The original book is far more detailed and far juicier, especially about the financial tangles that led to decades of ugly lawsuits. But the abridgement is at least coherent: it doesn't suddenly jump to Hamburg, for example, and leave you wondering how the Beatles got there.

    The other two flaws are in the original book as well. The first is a kind of patronizing tone: long past the point where all four Beatles are well into their twenties, the book repeatedly refers to them as "the boys": so cute, so in-crowd, so grating. The second is a rehash of tired, old anti-Yoko diatribes (and, to a lesser extent, anti-Linda diatribes as well). Enough already. Like Allen Klein himself once said: they're grown men, they know what they're doing.

    Taking those flaws into account, though, I would still recommend this to anyone interested in the Beatles. Alfred Molina does a great job narrating the book. He's low-key and unhurried, and, thankfully, never once tries to drop into a Scouse accent. (There aren't many decent books about the Beatles as a group: Philip Norman's book "Shout!" is the only one I can think of that comes close to having as broad a canvas as this one, and it's not available as an audiobook anyway.) As an introduction to Beatles lore, this one works well, it's pleasant to listen to, and with the basic shape of the story in mind, you can always go into more detail with one of the other titles.

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