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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    beleagured in virginia Alexandria, VA United States 05-16-17
    beleagured in virginia Alexandria, VA United States 05-16-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Unbelievably Comprehensive and Brilliantly Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are very interested in the Beatles, this is absolutely the definitive book about their origins and you will love it. If you are very interested in the music business or this particular period in history (the 1950s and early 1960s) you might also find it worthwhile because it becomes by default a stunningly vivid portrait of Liverpool, and to an extent England as a whole, at this point in time. It is really not for someone whose interest is casual. It's not quite a day by day diary but at times feels damn close to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is downright obsessive in its level of detail and the depth of its research. The story of the Beatles is now a familiar one but it's never been told as authoritatively as Lewisohn tells it. I am a huge Beatles fan and learned many, many things I did not know before including a couple that were big surprises.


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

    The reader does excellent impressions of each of the Beatles, their manager, Brian Epstein, and some other key characters (such as George Martin) when he is reading direct quotations. If you are enough of a fan to know their voices (which you surely are if you want such an in-depth treatment) this will not only be a delight but a big help. I always instantly knew who was "talking." This could have backfired if Mr. Mantle weren't such a good mimic but really, really works.


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    kevin 04-20-17
    kevin 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good deal"

    loved it very much. well done. want to listen to the next one part 2

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    Smiller Eugene,Oregon 04-17-17
    Smiller Eugene,Oregon 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mootha fookin boring stretched out redundancy."

    Of course we want a few more details about how they got together, or the Pete Best thing, or the haircuts or whatever.
    This was so drawn out I found myself hitting fast forward every time I heard words like Pete... Hamburg... boots... the Stones.
    It seemed as if, when a new sideline charactor was introduced, we're given a complete biography...ugh!
    The really over the top moments were when there was a quote from anyone and the narrator
    had to do an impersonation. Vomitous.

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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 03-16-17
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 03-16-17 Member Since 2014

    Avid Listener of books at 1-1/2 times the normal speed. Trying to make up for all those boring high school teachers that could not reach me.

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    "Please please please Release volume 2"

    Not to be missed narration by Clive Mantle, getting all the accents right on John, Paul. George & Ringo. Fascinating history of the early years before the Beatles made it big. Can't wait for volume 2.

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    CT 02-24-17
    CT 02-24-17
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    "Brilliant retelling of the Beatles early years"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, especially one who is a musician or a Beatles fan. This is a fabulous retelling of what the Beatles were doing prior to them making it big, emphasizing their arduous journey from Liverpool to Germany, back home and then to America.


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

    Finding out how mischievous Paul was in the early years, he was as big of a trouble maker as John was. And learning how many hard, gruelling hours they put in prior to making it big. The back story on each Beatle was very fascinating, as were their individual stories prior to making "The Beatles"


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

    Far, far too long to do that, but definitely worth the time spent listening to it.


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    J. Jackson Charlottesville, VA United States 02-22-17
    J. Jackson Charlottesville, VA United States 02-22-17 Member Since 2016

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    "The greatest story of our time"

    Mark Lewisohn has done what we've all been waiting for - he's written a comprehensive, corroborated history of the Beatles that looks at the four individual members of the group we know along with all known associations and family backgrounds, and rolled it up into a marvelous volume that covers from the beginning of time through the crucial year of 1962. This was an epic listen which I plan to follow with a reading of the actual book. It's a monumental achievement and a must-read for die-hard Beatle fans everywhere.

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