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Tune In Audiobook

Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

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Publisher's Summary

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962 - when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They've one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story - the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg - and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years, and their infatuation with American music; here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks, and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.

For those who've never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it's time to press the reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.

©2013 Mark Lewisohn (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it….Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle." (The Guardian UK)
"I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve….gripping." (Financial Times)
"Unlikely to be surpassed as factual record…. Once anointed 'Beatle Brain of Britain' while working in accounts at BBC Radio, Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement." (Telegraph UK)

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    Robert K. Gramenz Tacoma, WA 03-14-14
    Robert K. Gramenz Tacoma, WA 03-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Magical mystery tour"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thank you, Mark Lewisohn and Clive Mantle. In 2 years, I'll be 64. Still no grandchildren on my knee. Yet like many my age, The Beatles rocked me into adulthood, a long, strange trip. Every time I changed, they changed. Who was first? God, it was magical! With Lewisohn's sharp skills as a writer and a depth of material that is mind boggling, and Mantle's ability to tell the story and do the accents, we have here a book that requires a review, my first in 10 years of membership. (note the 5 stars across the board). This is simply a great piece of work. To be savored. This really happened, folks. Here's the story of how it happened; listen up and be amazed over and over and over again. I'm 2/3 of the way thru Tune In (volume 1!!) and to summarize: music is love.


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    Achlasaba 03-03-14
    Achlasaba 03-03-14
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    "Exceptional"

    I grew up with the Beatles and still remember the first time I heard them on the redo.

    Mark Lewisohn has written a truly outstanding biography which was narrated flawlessly by Clive Mantle.

    I have been with Audible from their beginning and this might just be the best read/listen that I have had. This very long book is all to short!

    I particularly enjoyed what the author had to say about Ringo whose significance to the Beatles I had not previously understood.

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    J F Whitmore 02-25-14
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    "I just loved this!"

    Longtime Beatle fan here and Tune In is for fans like me. I have read just about every Beatle book there is. This is exceptional. This is a must have for the true fan. Takes you right in from the beginning to the days just before The Beatles came to the States. Loved the inside stories on the Beatles families, their personalities, where they came from. John the mad, sometimes evil genius, Paul the brilliant songwriter and businessman before his time, George - talented, perfected guitarist even before he bloomed and Ringo the likable kid who was talented and in the right place at the right time. Stu, Pete Best all intricate parts to building this phenomenon known as the Beatles. Of course Brian Epstein who believed in them and pushed them to the top.

    I cannot wait to read the next chapter of Tune In - The Beatles 1963 to 1969. I hope there will be one.

    This is number one in my book of reads.

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    Dr. Dream 02-02-14
    Dr. Dream 02-02-14
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    "The Beatles!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tune In to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I drive truck and am in motion so much of each day, I have no alternative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tune In?

    Getting a sense of what The Boys were dealing with at the beginning of what became Beatlemania.


    Which character – as performed by Clive Mantle – was your favorite?

    All of them. A remarkable job of trying to emulate each of the Beatles, including the two less well known, Stu & Pete.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I'm desperate for the following volumes - hurry please


    Any additional comments?

    Don't want to wait for the next volumes... ship me previews if you can :)

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    Anonymous 11-24-17
    11-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The first part of The Beatles Story"

    The story in rich detail. Clive Mantle is a genius. He puts you right in the middle of the action.

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    Ethan Storeng Grand Junction, CO USA 11-13-17
    Ethan Storeng Grand Junction, CO USA 11-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely incredible"

    This is one of the best written, and not to mention, best narrated purchases I've made through Audible. If you ever wanted as comprehensive a history as has been written about The Fab Four, here it is (or at least part 1 of 3). If I had to level one criticism against the work, it would be how long I will have to wait for all three parts to be written! If you are a Beatles fan, or have a passing interest in their story, this is the best possible way to explore the foundations of one of music's most profound sensations.

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    chris 10-31-17
    chris 10-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "All the early pieces of the puzzle ..together."

    Insanely in depth. yet still fascinating, These guys worked hard and struggled. It's not the overnight success The Beatles always seemed to have been.

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    Keith 09-16-17
    Keith 09-16-17
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    "Great book, uneven performance by narrator"

    There's no need to reiterate all of the glowing comments above from other listeners. Simply put, this book is a monumental achievement in research and storytelling. I do have to dissent from the unanimous praise of the reader, Clive Mantle. His pace is good and he finds points of emphasis that are often poignant or humorous. The voices he performs for the principles (John, Paul, George, Ringo, Brian Epstein, George Martin) help organize the narrative and are thankfully more understated than typical Beatles impressions. It's when Mantle performs nearly any other voice that he gets in trouble. Americans talk like B-movie cowboys performed by Scandinavian actors and he delivers awful German accents for figures from Hamburg. His impression of Mick Jagger is confounding and the voice he assigns to Little Richard is just offensive. Some of these choices could be forgiven, but with a book of this length that uses so many quotations it becomes a problem. The book ends at the dawn of 1963 and the natural impulse is to hope that it keeps going, with Lewisohn magically completing Volume II the next day (alas, it's estimated for 2020). I felt this abstractly, but my primary response to the book ending was relief. I finally get a break from Mantle's affected quotations.

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    Amazon Customer 09-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Loved it. I wasn't as engaged with the early days as I was around the midpoint, but overall was fantastic. Can't wait for volume 2

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    Shayne 08-08-17
    Shayne 08-08-17 Member Since 2010
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    "I want to listen to it all over again"
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    This is a story I was already familiar with and I wondered if a deep dive (45 hours!) would hold me. As I write this I'm coming to the end and am wondering how long it will be until I listen again. The depth of research by Lewisohn is eye opening. Stories I'd heard before became clearer, motivations more discernible.
    But by far the most enjoyable aspect of the listen is narrator Clive Mantle's delivery. I was particularly impressed by his ability to not only do a spot on Liverpudlian accent, but perfectly capture each beatles' individual Liverpudlian accent.

    I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Beatles. It's wonderful portrait of a time when the Beatles were young with the entire world ahead of them.

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