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'Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition'  - a Beatles  story by [Connolly, Ray]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1846 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Plumray Books; 2 edition (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00872PKWQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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This is the first book I downloaded to my Nexus 7 and what a wonderful start. I am a big Beatles fan and read a lot about them. Ray's little novella was superb, really caught the imagination of what may have happened through a different perspective - the Fan Club lady. I really enjoyed it, smiling a lot as I read it, thinking of how it could have been so different if George Martin had not been there at the same time as the boys. I actually was just a little sad when it finished, I wanted it to continue..... But thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it might make a good story for the theatre or movie. So, well done Ray. You made a Beatle-fan of almost 65, very happy. That keeps me up to date with all Ray's Beatle-books. More, please.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2012
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Ray Connolly has written several books about the Beatles, including biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Brian Epstein, so he is perfectly placed to write really authentic fiction about the band and he succeeds really well in this short story. The only real liberty he takes with reality is in the opening scene, when he has a waiting committee of all four Beatles, plus Freda, the Beatles fan club secretary, waiting at Lime Street to meet Epstein (in reality, it was John and Paul who always waited to meet their manager off the train). However, that is necessary for the plot, as he gets the reactions of everyone involved when Brian tells them that they have been refused by George Martin, their last hope for a record contract.

So, what if the Beatles had never been signed? If John had retreated to domesticity and carried on his writing, Paul had gone back to re-sit his A levels, George had gone looking for another group and Ringo had disappeared back to Butlins with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes? This is only a short story, but it is delightfully done, by an author who has a real feel for the band that fans will understand. The story is told through the eyes of Freda, in love with them, "not with the Beatles as individuals, but with the idea of them..." If their zest, wit, insolence, joy and immense talent had not been unleased on the world, what would it have meant? Would the Rolling Stones have not ended up as the second best band in the world? Would Britain fall asleep musically - could the Sixties swing without them?

Connolly has the characters of the Beatles down perfectly. By saying John has two speeds, "full out and full stop", fans know exactly what he means.
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If you are a Beatles fan, or over 60, or just interested in pop culture, read this. It's a very clever idea taking lots of "facts" about the Beatles and throwing them into the mixing pot. Chaos theory rules here and the resolution brings a smile to your face. Ray at his whimsical best. At little more than the cost of a first class stamp not bad value either.
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I would recommend this short novel to any Beatles' fans as it was different yet very enjoyable and believable. It is very easy to read and I can imagine John Lennon especially doing some of these things if The Beatles had not made it in the charts, with a recording contract, tours, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Boys, You Failed the Audition 16 Nov. 2012
By S Riaz - Published on Amazon.com
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Ray Connolly has written several books about the Beatles, including biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Brian Epstein, so he is perfectly placed to write really authentic fiction about the band and he succeeds really well in this short story. The only real liberty he takes with reality is in the opening scene, when he has a waiting committee of all four Beatles, plus Freda, the Beatles fan club secretary, waiting at Lime Street to meet Epstein (in reality, it was John and Paul who always waited to meet their manager off the train). However, that is necessary for the plot, as he gets the reactions of everyone involved when Brian tells them that they have been refused by George Martin, their last hope for a record contract.

So, what if the Beatles had never been signed? If John had retreated to domesticity and carried on his writing, Paul had gone back to re-sit his A levels, George had gone looking for another group and Ringo had disappeared back to Butlins with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes? This is only a short story, but it is delightfully done, by an author who has a real feel for the band that fans will understand. The story is told through the eyes of Freda, in love with them, "not with the Beatles as individuals, but with the idea of them..." If their zest, wit, insolence, joy and immense talent had not been unleased on the world, what would it have meant? Would the Rolling Stones have not ended up as the second best band in the world? Would Britain fall asleep musically - could the Sixties swing without them?

Connolly has the characters of the Beatles down perfectly. By saying John has two speeds, "full out and full stop", fans know exactly what he means. He captures George's serious nature, Ringo's sheer luck and importance in the group and Paul's ruthless ambition and vulnerabilty. For fans this is a really fun read and they will recognise the people and places mentioned. If you enjoy this you might be interested in two other books about the Beatles which have been out of print for a while and have now appeared on kindle: The Day John Met Paul: An Hour-by-Hour Account of How the Beatles Began and Johnny Gentle and The Beatles - First Ever Tour.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Beatles Alternate History 7 Dec. 2013
By W. C HALL - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of alternative history, and I've been a Beatle fan for decades, so I couldn't pass this up. Any fan remembers John Lennon's remark at the famous rooftop concert in January 1969, "I hope we passed the audition." Well, what if the band had failed their audition with Parlophone back in 1962? It's not as far-fetched as it seems; several other labels had said no to the Beatles, and Parlophone was their last hope.

Ray Connolly was lucky enough to have known the Beatles, so his story has the added ring of authenticity. I enjoyed his taken on all four of the Fabs, but his insights into the Lennon-McCartney relationship are particularly enjoyable. His use of Freda, the Beatles Fan Club secretary, as his primary protagonist helps bring the reader into the story. Only four men in all the world have known what it was like to be a Beatle, but we've all been fans. Don't miss this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting AltHis 27 Nov. 2013
By James D Ryan III - Published on Amazon.com
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Connolly's take on an alternate career path for the Beatles goes in some interesting directions, taking advantage of his personal contacts with them to work on his characterizations, while using a few liberties in choice of his random events to throw at them. His suggestion of impact level with the changes wrought from the point of departure is measured, and does not feel forced. An interesting cross-point in comparison to Kerwin's LIVERPOOL FANTASY or other AltHis Beatles writings out there, and worth the read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It Was [50] Years Ago Today....." 21 Jun. 2012
By Curtis Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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Drawing on his considerable knowledge and personal insight, Ray Connolly (screenwriter, novelist, journalist and Beatles expert) speculates on what may have happened if EMI had declined to offer the Beatles a record deal in the summer of 1962.

In "Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition," the reader sees the Fab Four go their separate ways before becoming famous or enjoying any real success. We even get to observe the "boys" dabble in pursuits that have nothing to do with rock 'n' roll. But like Connolly's unforgettable character Jim MacLaine in the classic film "That'll be the Day," the four young men ultimately can't resist the gravitational pull of their true calling.

How odd to think of Paul McCartney enrolled in a university or Ringo Star operating a restaurant above the Cavern. I chuckled at the notion of George Harrison joining the "Pete Best Five," and laughed out loud at the image of John Lennon sitting on a toilet on the stage of a small club reading poetry in the spirit of surrealist art.

But more important, Ray Connolly reminds us of the tremendous contribution and long lasting influence of the Beatles by forcing us to consider what the sixties (and indeed the following decades) would have been like without "Sergeant Peppers" or "The White Album."

"Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition" is a must read for Beatles fans and anyone who appreciates a good story. As John Lennon might have put it, "A splendid time [reading] is guaranteed for all."
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say it ain't so! 9 April 2013
By Christopher Rubeo - Published on Amazon.com
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Heartbreaking and life-affirming, Ray Connelly's "Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition" proposes and upside-down world where the Beatles, simply, never made it.

Guiding us on this chilling journey is the last holdout, Freda, a plain girl with a pure heart, the Bealtes' fanclub secretary who refuses to let the last dashes of hope die.

Freda witnesses first-hand, the sadness and frustration of what could have been. And, through her eyes and palpable frustration, we're reminded of just how important the Beatles were, not just to music, culture and history, but to the anonymous individual. Indeed, fifty years on, the reality is that Beatle fans still have a PERSONAL relationship with each of the four men. And, I was reminded of that when I felt such aching sympathy for John, Paul, George and Ringo and the what-if fates that Connelly creates for them.

But what Connelly also illustrates in this spare, affective tome, is the fundamental truth that ultimately `greatness will out;' that the fire in the human heart will burn through our fears, frustrations and the challenges that life can hand us, if we just stay in the game.

Amen, brother.

As I sat down to write this review, I mentioned the premise of "Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition" to a friend, who, to my surprise, dismissed it outright. "Oh, that's crazy," she scoffed. "The Beatles would have been great no matter what happened!"

Clearly, Ray Connelly agrees.
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