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The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Beatles - All These Years.

The Beatles have been at the top for 50 years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively?

Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and less-known early period - the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock and roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape.

This is the Beatles like you've never heard them before. It isn't just 'another book'; it's the book from the world-acknowledged authority. Forget what you know and discover the complete story.

©2013 Mark Lewisohn (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is the story told in Proustian detail.... The first edited-down volume, is largely a delight, and the story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it. Secondary sources are comprehensively mined; letters, public records and business documents have been found in places no one else ever thought to look.... Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle." (John Harris, Guardian)
"Never previously have the Beatles' formative years been recounted in such detail. It is unlikely to be surpassed." (Michael Watts, Daily Telegraph)
"Lewisohn has done an astonishing job. I can't wait for volume two." ( Independent)
"A major event in music publishing this month as Tune In by Mark Lewisohn lands...the definitive account of The Beatles." ( GQ)

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It doesn't get any better than this!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Beatles - All These Years to be better than the print version?

This audio book is probably the best I have "ever" listened to.
If you like ''The Beatles'', this is the ''one and only'' book to get.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have no favourite characters, as they are all done so well.
The individual Beatle accents are "spot on"!

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

The Stu Sutcliffe chapters were particularly moving.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait till audio Book 2 is available.
Any idea when this will be?

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  • Steven Layton
  • 11-04-16

Epstein is the best part of the story

I chose this book to get a clearer understanding of the band that played a huge part in shaping the British music scene.

What you get is a much more comprehensive book, not only telling the story of how each Beatle came to join the band but also the stories of those on the fringe of the band who made it all possible. Brian Epstein & George Martin etc.

The story drags in the parts about the Beatles themselves. Too much time is spent on girls / boys who followed the band in the Cavern years. Which Beatle was their favourite and why. At times it sounds like fan letters to Smash Hits!

The real gem in this book though is the story of Brian Epstein. Having no real interest in his life and past I was tempted to skip his bits but soon the complexity of his character and challenges make his story the most gripping. And for this reason alone the book is worth a listen.

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  • Steve Bush
  • 05-19-16

Comprehensive

Everything you ever wanted to know about the band leading up to the first album. Absolutely superb!

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  • mr lyndon p brookes
  • 03-14-17

The only Beatles story to listen to

I've been a Beatles nut since Dec 9 1980 when I woke up to that news, and asked my mum as a 13 yr old, 'who's John Lennon'?
Since then I've learnt their songs as a musician, read more books on them than I can remember, and thought that I was an authority on them, but not until now and listening to this story. It has been 10 or more years in the making and this is the definitive story. This is 43 hours long and is only part 1, so take it in your stride and enjoy. It might only appeal to Beatles geeks like me but this is one book to have in your library, I have also ordered the book. I have always wondered why they still appeal after 50 years, and within this book you begin understand why and how they broke off the shackles of the London music industry and literally did change everything and did it there way.
Brilliantly narrated, complete with impersonating each Beatle, you get a feeling at the end that you know each and every personality in their rise. You feel like you've lived in Liverpool and especially Hamburg.
Quite a remarkable book in every sense, I can't praise it highly enough. If I had a small gripe, it would only be that part 2 might be years off.

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  • F. Hopkinson
  • 07-16-16

One of the truly great biographies and audiobooks

What other book might you compare The Beatles - All These Years to, and why?

I got the Hunter Davies 'official' biography on Audible and I'm glad I listened to it first, because this blows it out of the water. It is incredibly detailed, but delivered with lyrical touches. Whereas Davies had to avoid all the Brian Epstein back story, Mark Lewisohn is unimpeded in his portrayal of the true background to the greatest group of all time. He interlaces the stories of all the protagonists - George Martin, Epstein, Neil Aspinall, Richie Starkey, Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe and the core friendship of John, Paul and George.

Have you listened to any of Clive Mantle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

In Hunter Davies's book the narrator ends up sounding like Noddy Holder when he's trying to do some of the Liverpool accents. Clive Mantle handles it brilliantly. It is not the easiest job to do four voices you know very well along with Aunt Mimi and a supporting cast of hundreds. The combination of assured narration with a great book makes it the most compelling of Audio books.

Any additional comments?

It's going to be hard waiting for the next volume,

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  • Phil Littler
  • 04-13-16

The best book about the Beatles

This is an absolute MUST for all Beatle fans. I've been a fan for over 50 years and this is the most comprehensive account of their rarly years I have come across. Excellent!

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  • Andy
  • 04-01-18

Too long

Some good details on George Martin and Brian Epstein but overall way too long.

Lots of unnecessary quotes from young girls which got more and more annoying and gave the narrator the opportunity to do excruciatingly bad impressions. He was ok when just talking but increasingly felt the need to do a performance which distracted.

I got through it, but it really dragged for the last third.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-17

Incredible story. Expertly told.

I've been reading books about The Beatles since the 80s, but this one takes it to a new level. So much extra insight is provided. The research is peerless and the narration is well done. I can't wait for part two!

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  • Peter M
  • 05-23-17

Outstanding

This is without doubt one of the best audiobooks that I have ever listened to. Of course I'm a lifelong fan of the Beatles, but the book is as much a social history of the 50's and 60's and therefore has wider relevance. Can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd parts of the trilogy. This book is a gem.

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  • ltcolumbo
  • 07-08-16

The toppermost of the toppermost

Yes, can't fault this monster. The details are stunning. Cant wait for next installment. Over 40 hours. A joy. Fab. There I said it

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  • Clive
  • 01-27-17

Brilliant

Really enjoyed this. only criticism is the very poor Liverpool accents in the narration.

Do not let that put you off. looking forward to the next volume.

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  • Craig
  • 12-15-16

Volume 2 please?

A wonderfully written if exhaustive history. I want to read the next part right away. Ranks up there with the Peter Guralnick superb Elvis Bio. Perhaps it lacks the brevity and passion of Nick Tosches incindary Jerry Lee Lewis book Hellfire, but what rock bio doesn't ? Overall a great read. I look forward to the next volume.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-16

Outstanding.

Absolutely wonderful book beautifully narrated and very entertaining. Was sorry when it ended and I cannot wait for the next one.

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