• Fab: The Intimate Life of Paul McCartney

  • By: Howard Sounes
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 07-22-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.3 (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He is the proud torchbearer of the Beatles, the greatest band in the history of popular music, and one of the most closely-studied artists in show business, yet secrets and surprises remain in the life of Sir Paul McCartney. The full story is told in Fab.
Howard Sounes, author of the acclaimed Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, spent more than two years investigating every aspect of Sir Paul’s life and work, including interviewing over 200 people. The result is the richest, most detailed, and most comprehensive biography of McCartney yet written.
Unlike previous biographers, the author pays equal attention to the story of McCartney in the Beatles and the ongoing story of his post-Beatles career, creating an engrossing history that spans the long arc of this great artist’s life and work. Fab also includes the full, fascinating story of Sir Paul’s calamitous second marriage to Heather Mills. Sounes proves a judicious critic of the music, while also delivering a superb psychological portrait of the man behind some of the world’s most beloved songs.
Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the writer Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life), and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground). Each book is based on extensive original research. For more information, visit www.howardsounes.com
©2010 Howard Sounes (P)2014 Audible Studios
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Critic Reviews

"For fans willing to ponder their hero’s flaws, Fab delivers all you need to know." (Rolling Stone)
"A McCartney biography that intrigues all the way through." (The (London) Times)
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By Amazon Customer on 08-05-14

Quite Long But Good..

This is quite strong on detail for his post Beatle years. Overall, it is an excellent account of rock music's most enduring star.

I can't believe how much Paul has done in his career. The story is actually is actually quite epic in its length, but it managed to hold my interest over the 26 hours.

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By Robyn on 09-21-14

fascinating biography

As a follower of the Beatles since the 1960s I really enjoyed this biography of Paul. Howard Sounes' detailed research is impressive, and I learned a lot about Paul the man, his relationships with the other Beatles, with family and friends and with other musos. The early days centred on sex drugs and rock'n'roll which became a little tedious, but once Linda arrived on the scene the focus changed and a mature and more interesting Paul emerged. Naturally the length of the book means a lot of characters and a lot of detail, but it held my interest from start to finish. I ended up seeing Paul as a decent and caring man and liking him for the person he is rather than liking his music and admiring him as a star. At the end I had just one question - why didn't Paul learn to write music? With so much musical apptitude and talent, his life might have been easier if he'd been able to jot down music as it came to him instead of waiting for a professional to do it for him. The book is well written, and David Thorpe does a great job of narration - right voice for the job and good with accents.

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By Dean O'Leary on 07-18-16

A must if you're a Beatle fan

Whilst lots of books out there cover McCartney's life during the Beatle years it was interesting to hear about his life post this period , most notably with Wings and his subsequent solo material. What made this really enjoyable was the narration by David Thorpe and the accents he used for the characters albeit at times a little stereotypical but great to listen to.

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By Steve K on 05-02-16

Brilliant. A must for Beatles or McCartney fans

A great listen.

I'm a hard-core Beatle fan and thought I'd heard and read everything but still found out plenty of new things in this book.

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By Anonymous User on 02-09-18

A great insight into McCartney

Although this can be a bit harsh sometimes it does give you a lot of detail about Paul with Before and after the Beatles.

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By mrmaccafan on 11-13-17

Tough but probably fair

Couldn't stop listening to it. As a massive fan the criticism of some of the songs was tough to listen to and in my opinion just plain wrong once or twice. However, it gave me further insight into a massive idol just weeks away from his first concerts in Australia in nearly a quarter of a decade.

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