• 99% True

  • Almost a National Bestseller
  • By: Paul McGowan
  • Narrated by: Paul McGowan
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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99% True

By: Paul McGowan
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Paul McGowan tells all (and then some) in this riotous tale of misbegotten success that’s 99 percent true in all the best ways. From his not-so-innocent youth growing up in the shadow of Disneyland and summer evenings in the innocent 1950s, to his dope-smoking, snake-eating, draft-dodging, loony-bin misadventure through Europe, to his struggles to build a thriving enterprise from a stack of dusty albums - see how the CEO of a worldwide company took 50 years to become an overnight success.

Unlike Paul, you may never get picked up by the secret service or carry the shame of bankruptcy, but you just might see yourself in his repeated failures or in his refusal to let life keep him down. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry as Paul describes the struggle of finding his place in a community you never knew existed. Through it all, you’ll discover what Paul did: life’s detours offer the best opportunities to find your way.

©2019 Paul McGowan (P)2019 Paul McGowan

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Not at all what I was expecting!!! And that’s a good thing.

I got this Book because I love music, it’s my Drug of choice. Always has been. I expected this book to basically be Paul grows up, has some adventures, starts PS Audio struggles, leaves and starts Genesis, things happen..., Paul leave and goes back to his “Baby”.... and bla, bla, bla...

I couldn’t have been more WRONG!

This book was captivating, entertaining & fun. I had trouble putting it down. Ok, well I drove around the block 10 times until the end of the chapter I was listening to.

If your on the fence just buy this book and turn it up to 11.

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We need more Paul McGowans!

As long time subscriber to the PS Audio YouTube channel I was excited to know of Paul's and PS Audios history. Paul's book does not disappoint in the least! I look forward to the day I can make a trip to Boulder and listen to and tour all of what PS Audio has to offer.

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Inspiring life story

What a life! So glad I found this book, great fun and well presented. Mr McGowan is a guy who overcame a lot of trials and tribulations and came out of it a genuinely good man.

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what an extraordinary adventure.

I bought this book based on the fact that I buy their products,but this isn't about stereo equipment this is about an amazing journey through life . Paul has truly lived. and continues to live each day to its fullest.. A tale about true Passion and success and failure and success. Thank you Paul for the adventure I felt like I was there with you

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Paul McGowan at his best

I have come to hear Paul McGowan thru his daily bog,Ask Paul, from PS Audio. I find him very pleasant and his presentations, short and informative. So I wanted to know more about him.
Hence my Audible purchase of 99% True, his memories.
I found it entertaining, fascinating and informative. It was made all the better, being read by Paul. A persona I was familiar with thru his blogs.
So if U like audio or just a good story. Buy it. U will be entertained!

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  • 07-16-21

Transparent

Transparent Paul just like the music gears we seek.

And with leaves me with some low rumble laughs too

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An audiophile’s must read!!!

I never thought reading a book would immerse me with such a warm feeling of inclusion of such an elite group of pioneers of the audio industry. Paul McGowan involvement in the audio industry has filled my life with great enjoyment and now his book has topped it off.

Thank you Paul for sharing your life experiences.

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Well spoken life journey

I've been an audiophile since my Vietnam Veteran father gave me my first stereo system bought overseas. I was always the envy of my peers with those beautiful Sanusi SP-X9700 speakers blasting tunes with the help of a Pioneer SX-850. I recently discovered Paul's YouTube videos amd enjoy them. I'm unsure if I'll purchase any PS products, but I did enjoy his story and colorful narration. This is one I can listen to again, just for pure enjoyment. Thanks Paul !

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Surprised by Paul's Story

After watching Paul on YouTube for quite a while I was surprised to hear about all his escapades on his path to PS Audio success.

I liked Paul's story and how he read it made it interesting and enjoyable.

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An entertaining and interesting biography

I enjoyed every minute.
Like PS Audio's hi-fi equipment, the biography is presented with emotion and passion.
Wish Paul and the PS Audio family all the best.

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  • Matt
  • 08-08-21

Wow what a journey

Who knew Paul was such a great storyteller!!

And wow what a life he has lived. This has been such and entertaining and inspiring journey go on.

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  • Ian S.
  • 04-28-21

fascinating story from a true storyteller.

I loved it from start to finish. What an interesting life Paul. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Turbo99i
  • 03-08-21

Touching story of an audiophile

It’s inspirational and thought provoking listening to the founder of PS Audio. The memoir was very engaging and liked every moment of narration.

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  • shutterclick
  • 09-06-20

A great life story and long may it continue

I've been watching Paul's daily YouTube videos for a while and really enjoy those so thought I would give this a listen. I'm glad I did :-) What a varied life that you simply wouldn't be able to guess from the YT videos. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended.

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  • Pauline smith
  • 04-13-20

Good Autobiography

I was shocked and entertained. Great read. dope smoking draft dodgibg near_hippy grows up through hard knocks

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  • Pete George
  • 06-24-19

loved it!

I have always been a fan of Paul from YouTube.
I was expecting an audio book on audio but it was his whole life story. I was a little miffed at first, but stuck with it for a couple of chapters.

Wow, a writing style so warm and honest I am a person of shallow pockets, but my first audiophile purchase is going to be a sprout.

thanks Paul.

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  • colm
  • 06-21-19

Sound Story

Interesting from the off. Paul utilised his on air experience to present his life journey in his own voice which make this feel like a visit with a very interesting elderly relative...which is a very good thing to have achieved I feel. Slightly shocked by the amount of drug use but he is a child of his times in that regard I suppose. Still managed to prove his stellar capability as an entrepreneur despite any whacky baccy brain fog...I am 99% convinced on the short hair wig story but would need a photo to clinch it! Enjoyable!







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  • Cold Blooded Beast
  • 06-12-19

Entertaining and enlightening

Just so familiar with Pauls voice, mannerisms and quirky style, this didn't disappoint... Easy going and fun, just as I'd hoped.

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  • MusicGuy
  • 01-01-21

Beautiful writing, Beautifully read

Loved it. First audio book I really ‘binged’. A great story teller, and unlike other audiobooks, is in the first person - my previous book was written like a newspaper article- lots of ‘, said Paul’, which I found frustrating. Being a music and electronics nerd too it was up my alley. What a rich life!

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  • kris
  • 06-28-19

perfect, inspiring and just wonderful

from start to finish this was great. it's the first book in a while that didn't get to a sluggish pace. it stayed at a great pace all the way through. captivating, interesting, educational, and just so heart warming. the passion and love this man has for not only audio but his friends and family, especially his wife completely feeds my soul. I feel I really understand who this man is and what he's about. I truly wait to meet him and had inspired and motivated me to continue working on my audio projects and work towards building up my own audio company, as he has.

I truly loved this book, honestly.