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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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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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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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Fab telling of the Fabs' story

an incredibly detailed and personal telling of The Beatles' story and legend, no only focused on the four of them, but including detailed background on all of the key players in the background that contributed to the build up and success of The Beatles before they conquered the world musically.

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Just stunning.

Mark Lewisohn is known as THE expert on the Beatles, and this amazing book shows why. It's not just a biography, it's a history book providing vast amounts of fascinating new information on a story many of us think we already know. Lewisohn never sensationalises, he doesn't jump to conclusions, he just uses his own meticulous research to tell a great story. Although he's clearly a fan, this is no hagiography - it's warts & all in a way that shows the human beings that the central characters (the Beatles themselves, plus Epstein & Martin) actually were / are.

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An exact history of pre fame Beatles

Commentary is excellent by Clive Mantle. Mark Lewisohn is the Bees Knees of Beatles’ fact. Learnt some new facts and a few myths dispelled. A great listen.

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Captivating 40hrs

my first audible purchase. Written in a easy going and interesting way. I'm a Beatles fan and this was great. cheers

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Far better than any other I've ever read!

This book reveals the Beatles' pre-fab era in superb, palpable detail, far better than any of the books I've read on this topic over the last 40+ years. You could be forgiven for thinking that digging this deep into the Beatles' history would result in rehash and meaningless trivia, but this is definitely not the case here. The level of detail presented here is both relevant and meaningful. To me, the hallmark of great music, films or books is when you forget your present self and, without realising, find yourself on a journey. This book is that good. At times, it felt as if I was there in person. Clive Mantle's narration is superbly consistent throughout all 43 hours worth and executed with great affection for the subject. To be frank, I didn't want the book to stop. I eagerly await the next volume, which from my understanding may not happen until 2023, or so. Given the level of research that went into this volume, I can understand why.

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Outstanding

Deep, detailed and engaging. Reveals all the dark and also the great moments. Read magnificently. What a story.

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The Best Beatles Complete Anthology Available

The most complete Beatles document you can get. it's a MUST HAVE for Beatles fans

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Definitive Beatles History

Loved the story/detail of this book, can’t wait for Book 2. Recommended to all Beatles fans.

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  • Mr. J. Welsh
  • 18-09-2017

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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  • mr lyndon p brookes
  • 14-03-2017

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
  • 16-07-2016

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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  • Steven
  • 04-11-2016

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
  • 19-05-2016

Comprehensive

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

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  • steve london
  • 05-09-2018

Stunning book stunning narration

Probably the best music book I have ever read. Lewisohn writes so brilliantly and the way he weaves complex threads together is awesome. His attention to Ringo, the way he describes the way George Martin changed his mind, are things you just don't get from Philip Norman. Also the way she shows relationship s at the core of everything the Beatles did. Also the reading of Clive Mantel is just drop dead brilliant. Different tones when quoting the participants. His voices for Paul and Ringo are just sublime. This book was an absolute joy to read and hear. I have a feeling in 200 years time people will accord the same status to Lewisohn as we accord to Edward Gibbon now. This is out of this world,!

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  • Phil Littler
  • 13-04-2016

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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  • M. Garnett
  • 09-01-2019

Terrific!

I’ve read virtually everything on The Beatles but this is THE ONE! The detail is unbelievable and it’s so well read! Cannot wait for Volume 2.

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  • simon p
  • 19-11-2020

Brilliant.

Loved every minute of this. Cannot wait for the next instalment. I must listen for any Beatles fan.

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  • Crabalocker
  • 19-09-2020

**FAB4ULOUS**

The most comprehensive details of the Beatles lives from their roots to the cusp of stardom that I've ever read.

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  • Den
  • 04-09-2020

Fab Four(ty three hours)

Amazing insight in to the early history of the greatest band ever. The only frustrating thing about this book is that it looks like we will have to wait 3 more years for volume 2.

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