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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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    Michael Dillon Milwaukee, WI United States 11-05-14
    Michael Dillon Milwaukee, WI United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    What made the experience of listening to The Beatles the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?

    His performance was excellent.


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    Amazon Customer 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ended quicker than I thought it would..."

    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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    Tim R. Prussic St. Helens, Oregon, USA 10-28-16
    Tim R. Prussic St. Helens, Oregon, USA 10-28-16 Member Since 2015

    I like books. I really like beer. I love Jesus.

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    "short and sweet"

    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.

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    Pandora Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 09-27-16
    Pandora Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 09-27-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting Read"

    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.

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    Scott A. Gaines Corona, CA USA 09-09-16
    Scott A. Gaines Corona, CA USA 09-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A great bio with very few errors"

    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.

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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
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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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