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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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    "Loved it"
    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jewel Story Walton bountiful utah usa 02-25-10
    Jewel Story Walton bountiful utah usa 02-25-10 Member Since 2017

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    "biased but good"

    The book should be retitled "why you should hate john lennon" bit i enjoyed the book very much, although obviously biased against john lennon for whatever reason. still worth listening to

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    "An eloquent telling of a chaotic story."

    This story was one of the most insightful I have ever read. It put the Beatles in a new light for me. The story's chaotic ups and downs were told perfectly and eloquently.

    Very easy to listen to and digest.

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    Jean G Cleveland, Oh 02-07-17
    Jean G Cleveland, Oh 02-07-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Overall nice read but nothing new"
    Would you listen to The Beatles again? Why?

    No. Probably not. Although I find anything about the Beatles interesting, there were really no new details about the greatest band of all time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussions regarding the Lennon and McCartney friendship and song writing partnership.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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 Member Since 2017
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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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