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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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    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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    John 02-21-17
    John 02-21-17 Member Since 2006
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    "A biographical masterpiece"
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    A readable, entertaining, and enlightening exploration of the early Beatles. I began this book not being a big fan of the Beatles. By the end I had gained a keen appreciation of their musical achievement and of their life achievements in surmounting difficult backgrounds. Before reading this book I was completely unaware of the contributions of the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. I found him a very sympathetic character. Both the author and the reader could not be better. I was sorry when the book was over and I look forward to the next volume.

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    gatraineryogainstructor Cumming, GA USA 02-16-17
    gatraineryogainstructor Cumming, GA USA 02-16-17 Member Since 2017

    homeschool yoga mom

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    "awesome!"

    love the writing and the performance. his american accent is hilarious. we sound like cartoon characters. but the beatles and brian epstein are "spot onnn."

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    Jon Tufts 12-07-16
    Jon Tufts 12-07-16
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    "To Remember What I Was Too Young To Know"

    Age 12 yr 11 mo, saw them, Cincy. Aug '64.
    115°f upper level temp. 7 pm
    People nearly died, standing room only.
    Played 25 mins or so.
    Couldn't hear, n blinded by flash cameras.
    The Boys think THEY paid their dues.
    All I got is this ticket stub.
    Memory of a lifetime!

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    Ray 11-16-16
    Ray 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable early chronicle"

    Wonderfully written and narrated. Extensive chronicle of the Boys up to 1963. Great insights into their childhoods, families and surroundings. Narrator repeated use of "What Did I Say" rather than "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles) absolutely hilarious!

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    Mark Graham Burlingame, CA USA 11-13-16
    Mark Graham Burlingame, CA USA 11-13-16
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    "Tune In"

    The ultimate Beatles biography. Nothing else comes close by the one man who could write it and should write it.

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