on 3 May 2010
I loved reading this book. Have followed the Beatles since my childhood (early 60s), and always having a slightly softer spot for Paul (yes, I know I'm hardly alone in that one), when I read a review of this recently new publication, I decided I was ready to know more. I confess, I have struggled getting through a biography on John Lennon by comparison, but this one was very readable, and I hope, accurate, with what I felt were some impressive insights to areas that would generally not be 'out there' for the world to see. It portrays him as a 'real' person, with faults and uncertainties, amazing and also flawed character traits that have led him through life for better or for worse. While it is 'fresh' and doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary detail or conjecture (that I know of) and I do read biographies and autobiographies with a hint of reserve, and allowance for 'poetic licence', still it drew me in big time, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what Paul is all about, and how his relationship with John and the other individual band members 'worked', as they variously complemented each other in their creative collaboration as well as the less workable relationship stages.
on 5 February 2016
Great reader of audio book. He can speak Liverpudlian, RP, Scot, American, New Yorker etc etc fluently! Added hugely to the pleasure of the book. Content is fine. I suspect if a reasonable journo spent time on media clippings, vids etc of Macca they could write this book. Not stunningly insightful but a pleasant 'read' for a Mc cartney fan and not a hagiogrpahy.
on 8 November 2009
You might think: what has anybody got to say about the great Macca that hasn't already been said?
Well, this book has nothing particularly new, but what the author has done is provide an emotional / psychological account of Paul. This gives the book a fresh and revealing feel, especially when it discusses Paul's relationship with John. I found this a really nice read and felt a little closer to the great musician once I'd finished it. You really get the feeling that Paul is nothing but a big softy...as well as being a genius, of course!!
One very curious thing I noticed: on the inside cover (next to copyright) it says that this book has been written by Paul McCartney and that Paul McCartney has asserted his moral rights as the author.....However, the book says (on the outside) that its author is Peter Ames Carlin? Why is this? Who really wrote this book????
A good read anyway!