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Paul McCartney: The Biography

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
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Since the age of 20, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before.

Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

©2016 Philip Norman (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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Awesome,all is forgiven "Phillip".

i still remember the author's 60 Minutes interview for "Shout". "saying Paul will make things up, George is the only one you can get the truth from". Ringo just smoked joints according to the author, in "Shout".

I think the author got to know "Paul McCartney" as opposed to " Paul" whom, everyone knows.

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it was nice and cool ad all that jazz

it was pretty good but it really did feel like it was dragging in the Heather saga

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A great read & a must for any true music lover

Would you listen to Paul McCartney: The Biography again? Why?

Actually I've listened twice. A great book about the man and his life and not just his life as a Beatle. The narration was great the content relevant and up to date.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paul McCartney: The Biography?

Listening to the story of how they recorded the album Band on the run in Africa not knowing how dangerous it was. And listening to how Paul overcame depression after the breakup of the Beatles and how he got on with life after Linda.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

Paul.

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

Yes if I could've I would've.

Any additional comments?

A great addition to any true music lover's collection. A must hear!

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  • James
  • 05-13-17

Detailed biography of a true genius

While the author can come off a bit pompous and sneary towards Paul and does tend to focus on the negative comments, sometimes from a random eye witness or journalist, it is on the whole, an exceptionally detailed account of Paul's life, albeit second hand, as McCartney is not actually interviewed here, but has given his blessing to it being written.
I wish Norman focused a bit more on the music, how these songs were written and less on the tabloid stuff.
But, the narrator is very good. I think he did a Jagger biography I listened to as well. Very good Macca accent.
It documents McCartney's life all the way up to around 2014/15 and you just sit back listening and think " Wow, what a life....what a legend."

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  • Andrew M Newton
  • 05-17-17

Exciting biography

I got this as a 2 for 1 credit purchase but was slightly worried that 30 hours of biography was going to be heavy going but it was a gripping story and excellently narrated. Well worth the time taken to listen to.

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  • Matthew Elliott
  • 05-17-16

Fab!

excellent and eye-opening story of a legend - performed perfectly. A must for any Beatle fan!

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  • A. Morris
  • 03-06-18

Ok but flawed IMO

Like a lot of Fabs obsessives, have devoured so many books about them in 40 years. The story shares nothing that new and contains some inaccuracies e.g. Paul not singing backing vox on Come Together, but double tracked John. Just listen to it and you know R kid is singing. Also, author was withering about George's lack of humour and being generally down on the Fabs. Latter, publicly he might often had been, but I always got a wry sense of humour off him and he loved the Beatles like us. Narrator was excellent and kept me engaged. Worth a go if you've got a long commute

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-16

Paul for sale

Love to read and learn and understand more about this fantastic singer/songwriter . Been a huge fan since Beatlemania days! Wonderful to hear the book instead of reading it. Great story!
Jonathan Keeble : thanx a lot
Philip Norman : even more!!!!!

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  • Steve K
  • 10-20-16

Enjoyable

Being a big Beatles fan I listen to anything like this so to me it didn't reveal anything I didn't already know but I did find it as informative as anything I've read about McCartney.

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  • sparrowhawk
  • 07-14-17

Made my long car journeys short!

I got so used to listening to this on my way to and from work and must admit to being a bit gutted when the narrator finally said "the end"
Time to look for my next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-17

Thorough Analysis

An extremely well researched account of this living legend; I was constantly reminded of the newsworthy stories and the times in my life when they occurred.
A must listen for any fan of The Beatles young or old. Highly recommended.

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  • Simon W
  • 01-08-18

A Fascinating and absorbing book

A well researched and fascinating book. As expected there was much overlap with Philip Norman's biography of John Lennon through the Beatle years. However, McCartney's quite different personality to Lennon maintained the interest throughout. Jonathan Keeble is a brilliant narrator.

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  • Carl
  • 01-25-19

Ta La...it's Fab

This is a fascinating account of one of the world's most famous people, from his humble beginnings in Liverpool to global stardom with The Beatles and beyond. Much of Philip Norman's story will be familiar to Beatle fans, but the author manages to bring something new to the McCartney story after gaining access to Sir Paul's family, friends and business associates. In Norman's story, Maca comes across as the driving force in the Beatles, who's frustrated and even resentful that John Lennon is viewed as the avant-garde moptop, when it was Maca who helped steer Lennon in that direction originally. McCartney comes across as a savvy, intelligent, charming, musical genius, who's made the world a much better place. In the full glare of publicity, he's also made some mistakes but who hasn't? The book also quashes rumours of Sir Paul's parsimony and there are several examples in it's 57 chapters of his extraordinary generosity towards charities, projects and individuals. Maca's life is a remarkable story and, for the most part, he amazingly seems to have kept his feet on the ground. However, his story also shows how the trappings of success can sometimes prove a hinderance. There are numerous touching moments in the book too. Norman explores the death of Sir Paul's mother, and how music seemed to distract him from his grief and gave him a purpose in life. John's murder is also covered at length and after several years of tension, a touching account of George's death and where it occurred is mentioned. The overwhelmingly positive influence of Linda McCartney on Paul's life is covered in great detail, as is her sad death. The guidance and influence of Paul's father, Jim, on his life and music career also comes across in several chapters.
In the case of the four lads from Liverpool though, the book shows that a close friendship can survive the bitterest of breakups. Even in the darkest periods, their achievements far outweighed their disagreements. Time is a great healer.

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  • J. Laing
  • 06-24-19

I thought I knew it all.....however

A very honest account of Paul McCartney, warts and all, the good, the bad, and the pure genius (the latter to which Paul is only too happy to remind us of). I thought I knew the 'Macca' story so well, however I knew nothing until I read this book. Philip Norman is a very honest and objective writer, all in all this book is well worth the read/listen. Now I'm on to his John Lennon book, I guess it'll be 'just like starting over'..... err sorry everyone!

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  • Wronghead
  • 04-05-19

Solid book

I’ve never been a huge Beatles fan but I thought I’ve give this book a go and certainly wasn’t disappointed. Great story, awesome narration, recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-18

the great McCartney

a great read about one of the legends of rock and roll really great read

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