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Publisher's Summary

He is the proud torchbearer of the Beatles, the greatest band in the history of popular music, and one of the most closely-studied artists in show business, yet secrets and surprises remain in the life of Sir Paul McCartney. The full story is told in Fab.

Howard Sounes, author of the acclaimed Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, spent more than two years investigating every aspect of Sir Paul’s life and work, including interviewing over 200 people. The result is the richest, most detailed, and most comprehensive biography of McCartney yet written.

Unlike previous biographers, the author pays equal attention to the story of McCartney in the Beatles and the ongoing story of his post-Beatles career, creating an engrossing history that spans the long arc of this great artist’s life and work. Fab also includes the full, fascinating story of Sir Paul’s calamitous second marriage to Heather Mills. Sounes proves a judicious critic of the music, while also delivering a superb psychological portrait of the man behind some of the world’s most beloved songs.

Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the writer Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life), and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground). Each book is based on extensive original research. For more information, visit www.howardsounes.com

©2010 Howard Sounes (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic Reviews

"For fans willing to ponder their hero’s flaws, Fab delivers all you need to know." (Rolling Stone)
"A McCartney biography that intrigues all the way through." (The (London) Times)

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Quite Long But Good..

This is quite strong on detail for his post Beatle years. Overall, it is an excellent account of rock music's most enduring star.

I can't believe how much Paul has done in his career. The story is actually is actually quite epic in its length, but it managed to hold my interest over the 26 hours.

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fascinating biography

As a follower of the Beatles since the 1960s I really enjoyed this biography of Paul. Howard Sounes' detailed research is impressive, and I learned a lot about Paul the man, his relationships with the other Beatles, with family and friends and with other musos. The early days centred on sex drugs and rock'n'roll which became a little tedious, but once Linda arrived on the scene the focus changed and a mature and more interesting Paul emerged. Naturally the length of the book means a lot of characters and a lot of detail, but it held my interest from start to finish. I ended up seeing Paul as a decent and caring man and liking him for the person he is rather than liking his music and admiring him as a star. At the end I had just one question - why didn't Paul learn to write music? With so much musical apptitude and talent, his life might have been easier if he'd been able to jot down music as it came to him instead of waiting for a professional to do it for him. The book is well written, and David Thorpe does a great job of narration - right voice for the job and good with accents.

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Good balance of facts

Like most Beatles fans, there's a fine line about knowing too much and not enough. I think this book strikes a nice balance.

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  • H.
  • Seal Beach, CA, United States
  • 11-19-14

True to the Title

What made the experience of listening to Fab: The Intimate Life of Paul McCartney the most enjoyable?

I just got done listening to the audiobook. This book is long which required a devotion to getting it done. If you are a big Paul McCartney fan, you will find this book is worth the listen. It's very good and gives good insight to the man and his character, some good and some not so good. The narrator did a good job of telling the story and doing imitations of Paul McCartney speaking. <br/><br/>I highly recommend this book.

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  • Debbie T
  • Cotati, CA United States
  • 10-14-14

Nothing new here

Any additional comments?

If you're new to Paul McCartney, don't know much about him, this will be a very informative book. But if you've been following him for years, it's pretty much a rehash of everything else you've ever read. I didn't appreciate the author's critiques of McCartney's music. That's so subjective, and if he thought it made him seem unbiased, it didn't. I would rather have read an analysis of other professional criticism. <br/>

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Not a rehash!

Thoroughly enjoyed book. Learned a lot about all that I didn't know. Still loves his image.

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gripping! intriguing start to finish.

loved it start to finish
narrators voice very easy to listen to.
highly recommend it

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  • Andy
  • 06-20-15

Interesting

Took a bit of getting used to as narrator didn't seem as easy on the ear as the book about john but warmed to him in the end. Couldn't understand why the author decided to refer to Ringo as Richie but then occasionally did call him Ringo so I sometimes found myself wondering who Riche was.

Overall good unbiased summary of Paul's life.

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  • Dean O'Leary
  • 07-18-16

A must if you're a Beatle fan

Whilst lots of books out there cover McCartney's life during the Beatle years it was interesting to hear about his life post this period , most notably with Wings and his subsequent solo material. What made this really enjoyable was the narration by David Thorpe and the accents he used for the characters albeit at times a little stereotypical but great to listen to.

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  • Steve K
  • 05-02-16

Brilliant. A must for Beatles or McCartney fans

A great listen.

I'm a hard-core Beatle fan and thought I'd heard and read everything but still found out plenty of new things in this book.

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  • C. N. TURNER
  • 07-30-15

Thanks for the memories

I enjoyed every minute, having met The Beatles whilst they were shopping in a Woolworth store in 1963 and spoke to Paul I have always thought he was a genuine guy. The biography certainly hasn't changed my opinion.
Thank you Howard Sounes for writing this and David Thorpe for bringing it alive.

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  • Bim
  • 01-23-15

So good and so interesting.

It's great how the author rolls through the timeline of Paul's life with such ease. And how it's not all "oh look at how great paul is".... In parts, he doesn't hold back. If paul was a bit of a dick at a certain time, he tells you.

The reader is top notch, the man with a 1000 voices. Brilliant

Even though I knew most of the stories, it's great to listen to them from start to finish in the proper order along with the views from close friends and family..................................................

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  • Tom
  • 02-06-17

All you ever wanted to know and a great deal more.

This is a huge piece of work. I stuck with this audiobook to the bitter end, but in retrospect, I can't say it's left me feeling I enjoyed it all that much. It very much underlines how much McCartney has done since The Beatles, but sadly, and perhaps predictably, much of it is far less interesting. Long stories of legal battles, personal relationships gone bad etc don't really do it for me in a book like this - or certainly, not at the length to which this book plays them out. Disappointing, although nevertheless good value in this format.

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  • mrmaccafan
  • 11-13-17

Tough but probably fair

Couldn't stop listening to it. As a massive fan the criticism of some of the songs was tough to listen to and in my opinion just plain wrong once or twice. However, it gave me further insight into a massive idol just weeks away from his first concerts in Australia in nearly a quarter of a decade.