The Beatles

  • by Hunter Davies
  • Narrated by Edward Lewis
  • 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"...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

Most Helpful

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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- Christina

I really disliked this book!!!

Badly written. Very badly read. Hunter Davies should have stuck with "Class of '66"
He has an irritating voice, mis-pronounces many words and is very condescending, both to the listener and to the Beatles. If this was written for Beatles fans, then any who have read it must be sorely disappointed. The production quality was also low. New sessions were obvious, due to a different quality of recording each time. As a narrator he makes a very average journalist. This is the first Audio Book I have regretted buying.
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- Steve Vaughan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.