150 Glimpses of the Beatles Audiobook, by Craig Brown Play Audiobook Sample

150 Glimpses of the Beatles Audiobook

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Read By: Craig Brown, Kate Robbins, Mark McGann Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 13.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 10.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250770127

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39:23 minutes

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29 seconds

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08:02 minutes

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Publisher Description

A distinctive portrait of the fab four by one of the sharpest and wittiest writers of our time. Though fifty years have passed since the breakup of the Beatles, the fab four continue to occupy an utterly unique place in popular culture.

Their influence extends far beyond music and into realms as diverse as fashion and fine art, sexual politics and religion. When they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, fresh off the plane from England, they provoked an epidemic of hoarse-throated fandom that continues to this day.

Who better, then, to capture the Beatles phenomenon than Craig Brown, the inimitable author of Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret and master chronicler of the foibles and foppishness of British high society?

This wide-ranging portrait of the four lads from Liverpool rivals the unique spectacle of the band itself by delving into a vast catalog of heretofore unexamined lore.

When actress Eleanor Bron touched down at Heathrow with the Beatles, she thought that a flock of starlings had alighted on the roof of the terminal, only to discover that the birds were in fact young women screaming at the top of their lungs. One journalist, mistaken for Paul McCartney as he trailed the band in his car, found himself nearly crushed to death as fans climbed atop the vehicle and pressed their bodies against the windshield. Or what about the Baptist preacher who claimed that the Beatles synchronized their songs with the rhythm of an infant’s heartbeat so as to induce a hypnotic state in listeners? And just how many people have employed the services of a Canadian dentist who bought John Lennon’s tooth at auction, extracted its DNA, and now offers paternity tests to those hoping to sue his estate?

150 Glimpses of the Beatles is, above all, a distinctively kaleidoscopic examination of the Beatles’ effect on the world around them and the world they helped bring into being. Part anthropology and part memoir, and enriched by the recollections of everyone from Tom Hanks to Bruce Springsteen, this audiobook is a humorous, elegiac, and at times madcap take on the Beatles’ role in the making of the ‘60s and of music as we know it.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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“One of the best books I’ve read on any subject in a good while…Lets us relive what it was like to happily share the planet for a few years with a band like no other before or since.”

— Daily Beast 


  • "A ridiculously enjoyable treat.”

    — Sunday Times (London)
  • “Brown…unearths many fascinating tidbits…A fascinating study of the cultural and social upheaval created by the band.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “A brilliantly executed study of cultural time, social space, and the madness of fame.”

    — Literary Review
  • “Magnificent.”

    — New Statesman
  • “The man with kaleidoscope eyes conveys what it was like to live through those extraordinary Beatles years.”

    — The Spectator (London)


  • A Time Magazine Best Books of the Year
  • The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year Pick
  • Winner of the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction
  • Finalist for the Special Baillie Gifford Prize for Winner of Winners Award in Nonfiction
  • A Paris Review Selection of Best Books of 2020
  • A London Guardian Pick of 2020's Best Books
  • A London Spectator Pick of the Best Books of the Year
  • An Economist Best Book of 2020

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About Craig Brown

Craig Brown is a journalist and author. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards?for best humorist, columnist, and critic?in the same year. He has been a columnist for The Guardian, The Times (London), The Spectator, and the Daily Telegraph, among others. He writes for London's Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday. His bestselling Hello Goodbye Hello was translated into ten languages.