• The Beatles

  • By: Hunter Davies
  • Narrated by: Edward Lewis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-26-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (113 ratings)

Regular price: $27.97

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Publisher's Summary

In this behind-the-scenes look at the most famous musical group in history, Hunter Davies gives the complete story of the Beatles. First published in 1968, this second revised edition from 1996 has added information including a new introduction and three updated appendices: Beatles Places, Beatles Memorabilia, and Beatles Books. As the only authorized biographer, Davies had full access to the Fab Four, as well as their help and ecouragement. He spent 18 months with them when they were at the peak of their musical genius and at the pinnacle of their popularity, making a mark on history and popular culture that would never fade. Davies stayed on with the Beatles through their breakup and remained friends with the individual members afterward, enabling him to write the continuing story of their solo careers. His is the inside story that "does not shy away from any mean and gritty little facts" ( The New Yorker). This is a book no Beatles junkie - or any fan of rock music - should be without.
©1996 by Hunter Davies (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"...His hard work and the obvious trust the Beatles have in him allow us to see the young musicians for the first time as interesting, fallible, corporeal creatures, each quite different from the others, each with his own history and hang-ups and hopes." (Newsweek)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 11-22-03

Not bad

I really enjoyed learning more about the Beatles, and this is written very well. Two problems, though. One, the narrator's voice is annoying. Two, the book is not really what it seems. After the two very long introductions to further editions, in which you learn that the original only covers the early years and is full of mistakes because of legal issues, it is really disappointing to learn that it hasn't been revised at all! It seems foolish to republish this without improving it.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 07-05-11

Computer Narration

The Narration was obviously done by a computer.

Edward Lewis may have lended his voice for the computer simulator or Edward Lewis is the name of the computer that rendered this. Either way this narration is unbecoming of Audible .com. So Please Audible .com if there are any more of these so-called read books in your library. Please purge them so I will not accidentally purchase them.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tredders on 01-12-08

Terrible narrator!

A very thorough and competently written account of the Fab Four, totally spoilt by the appalling choice of narrator. At first, I genuinely thought that the publishers had used some kind of text-to-speech system to create this audiobook, such is the total lack of emotion, expression or human qualities in the narrator's voice.

Make sure you listen to a sample of the book before purchasing. I wish I had!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 08-28-09

The legend continues but is lost in naration!

An intreging and interesting insite in to the beginings, domination and final split of a world legend. Hunter Davies certainly knows and understands the complexities of the characters and the events that forged the Fab Four but unfortunatley, the narator sadley spoils it for me. Obviousley aimed at the American market, Edward Lewis would be perfect for American crime and fiction but regretibly ? not this!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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