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The Beatles: The Authorised Biography

Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There's only one book that ever truly got inside the Beatles, and this is it....

During 1967 and 1968, Hunter Davies spent 18 months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only-ever authorised biographer, he had unparalleled access - not just to John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but to friends, family, and colleagues. He collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that makes this the classic Beatles book - the one all other biographers look to. Hunter Davies remained close with the band and as such has had access to more information over the years.

This 40th anniversary edition contains new material which has never been revealed before, from the author's archives and from the Beatles themselves, that will bring new insights to their legend.

©1968, 1985, 2002, 2009 Hunter Davies (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant

Brilliant from the first word to the last. I loved entry single minute of it.

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Yeah Yeah Yeah

As a younger Beatles fan who never saw them I read this book years ago, and it was my introduction to Beatlemania .... nothing has changed over the years, if you want to understand what it was all about, this is the book to get.

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  • Mr. David Walker
  • 10-08-2013

Surprised

As I have read a lot of Beatles books I was reluctant to listen to this audio book because I thought that I had a good understanding of the Beatles.
I dont think I have ever got through listening to an audio book so quick.
Really interesting and well structured and with the additions from Hunter Davies brings the story upto date.
The narration is first class and I would recommend this to anybody as a really good listen and also to anybody like me who thought that they already most things about the Beatles.
I guarantee you will be engrossed by this audio book and also at times surprised.
Thank you Audible for a great audio book.

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  • S Tickner
  • 04-06-2016

comprehensive!

It was a long slog but ultimately kept me engaged. I'm not a huge Beatles fan but they're a fascination and as a music fan, I found it a really good listen. The narrator does his best to emulate Liverpudlian accents and they're not too bad. There's a lot of detail in there but if that's what you're after, then get stuck in.

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  • Phil
  • 06-06-2015

If you read only one Beatles Biography...

Hunter Davies has written 'the' fundemental historical account of the Beatles. I can't imagine that anyone has succeeded in getting closer, and then committing to paper, such an unabashed, unbiased and unphased account of the band.

At no stage does Hunter Davies seem awestruck or overshadowed by the people that he is describing. Nor does he ever seem to treat them unfairly as individuals. His treatment of Ringo, for example - so often over looked and subject to so much lazy journalism, is given every bit as much attention as John Lennon or Paul McCartney.

There are no punches being pulled here either - and if you're looking for a rose tinted event that is going to stay away from unfortunate truths, this probably isn't the book for you.

In the course of the journey, not only do you get an insight into this band (which frankly changed so much in pop culture) - but you get an insight into the post-modern condition of extreme fame (fame at the greatest outer reaches of sanity).

Bizarre human behaviour is included - such as the American hotel that saved the pillow cases the band slept on, cut them up, and sold them in squares. The misery inflicted on the band when they were completely stripped of their ability to walk down the street when 'Beatlemania' was at it's height. Four young men under the tedium of house arrest, waiting for their next performance.

The tragic circumstances of both John Lennon's murder and the knife attack on George Harrison in the presence of his wife - both are examined in some moving detail. The whole time you see these events unfolding, not with abstract celebrity figures, but with complicated intimate real life people.

It's a great book, and it's a super performance, and I don't think you'll be unhappy.

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  • G.pollock
  • 04-11-2015

Superb

Loved this listen. Kept going for just one more chapter. Would reccommend to fans and just those with a little interest.

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  • AlbP
  • 21-07-2015

Great Biography of the Beatles

Easy to listen to with interesting stories from someone who knew the Beatles and their families

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  • P. Francis
  • 09-01-2017

Liverpool or Birmingham?

It's a good listen,if a little sugar coated due to being an official book authorised by the Beatles during the pepper period.
The narrator is good except his total inability to do a Liverpool accent, he does brummie.this gets very annoying listening to john Lennon quoted with the wrong accent.
Why oh why did someone not spot this when it was being recorded?
It's very important to get the regional accents right,particularly when it comes to the people's republic of Liverpool!

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  • Seayeaitch
  • 31-05-2019

Look no further.

I enjoyed this from beginning to end. Having personally met the Beatles in 1963 in Tottenham Court Road and walking and talking with them down to Harley street, Jane Asher house, this story brings back many great memories. Hunter Davies tells the story in a kind and insightful way and were appropriate he allows the listener to read or listen between the lines, this is an excellent portrayal narrated beautifully by John Telfer. A must for anyone interested in the Beatle era.

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  • Candy camera
  • 20-04-2019

Terrific

Absorbing listen, covered all the Beatles and associated characters without being too much of a fan-only book. The narrator slipped into brummie accent instead of Liverpool on many occasions, but this didn't really bother me.
I found some of the details of song-writing particularly interesting.
Recommended for music fans, not just Beatles followers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2019

Fantastic Book

I originally read this book years ago, and due to travelling a lot in work decided to download the audible version. I am so glad I made this purchase.

Hunter Davis is an excellent storyteller, and had nearly unrestricted access to The Beatles, their family and friends, which in turn enables us to get the real deal on the Fab Four.

As a life long Beatles fan, I was devastated when John Lennon was murdered, and the again when George Harrison was taken from us far to soon. when the narrator covered these issues (as it is the extended and updated version) it brought a lump to my throat, just to briefly relive those tragic moment.

If you love the Beatles this is definitely for you, if you want to know what it was all about, then this book is for you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-2019

Excellent Biography of The Beatles

This is an excellent audio book recounting The Beatles lves and career as of the late 60s and then subsequently updated. Excellently read.