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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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At nine years old, Frankie Presto is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings.

But Frankie's talent is unique, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King and even KISS.

Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realizes that through his music, he can actually affect people's futures - with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered. At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later does he reappear to change one last life....

©2015 ASOP, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins

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Captivating from start to finish.

A beautifully written story of love, loss, learning, yearning and the power music can have on ones soul. So different from the authors other books, yet so similar too. An amazing read and as an audio book I loved listening to the voice of Mitch as it was meant to be read. 10/10. Thank you for writing this book in my lifetime!

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  • Batman
  • 07-09-2016

Original and beautifully told

This book was definitely one of the most original stories, and so well woven into modern music that it is believable. Mitch Album is quite the storyteller. It is such a gift and a pleasure to listen to.

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  • D. Menashy
  • 29-11-2015

Magic indeed; totally enchanting.

If ever an audiobok was made just for me this is the one. It has elements of fantasy, a love for music in general and guitar-music in particular just streams out of it.
The story of a young penniless Spanish kid who is brought up during the Spanish Civil War and is taught guitar (in all styles) by a blind master. The boy then travels to the USA, becomes a master musician himself and contrives to get involved with Duke Ellington, Elvis, The Beatles and countless other musical icons. Beautifully written & lovingly narrated by an ensemble of readers, some of whom are real life musicians (Jim McGuin of the Byrds etc) who feature in the story itself.
A moving story that absolutely hits the sweet-spot dead-centre for me (a 59 year-old still struggling to play very basic guitar but persevering none-the-less).
A bonus is that there is a soundtrack album out too, or just access the Spotify playlist via the author's website - you can hear many of the tunes that feature in the story, including some stunningly lovely Spanish guitar.
I tend to be enthusiastic about the books I review - this one is extra special and heartily recommended.

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  • sandonplace
  • 14-04-2019

Amazing

This story is so unusual as you would expect from Mitch highly recommended to anyone who enjoys guessing till the end x

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  • jv
  • 13-03-2019

Intriguing linked up story.

A well narrated story which links time and people in a unique way. There is a real journey through music and musicians. It's a lovely story with highs and lows. Very well narrated. a pleasant story, which makes you search your own soul. Unique and easy listening.

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  • A. Cooper
  • 22-04-2018

Magical strings, magical story

Absolutely loved this book. The twists and turns of Frankie Presto's life are beautifully presented from a variety of narrative perspectives. I would definitely recommend this.

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  • darbs1987
  • 01-04-2018

another albom classic

man cannot write a bad story. can't wait for another story. recommend if you love music with a human touch.

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  • Steve Harris
  • 21-12-2017

Wonderful Listen - highly recommended

A very unusual book but one that music lovers will enjoy. The story is told by 'music' himself and at times it is hard not to believe that Frankie is a real artist as he touches the lives of real musicians. The fantasy elements take the story to another level.
"Everyone joins a band in this life". Readers of this book are one such band. Enjoy it.

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  • cyndy foard
  • 27-07-2017

He does it again!

There was absolutely nothing I disliked about this book.
Mitch albom is amazing!!

Even better because it was narrated by the man himself

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  • Mrs
  • 02-09-2016

another brilliant Mitch Albom story

lovely story about a talented man's tumultuous life. Told by the talent of Music. sounds strange but is beautifully crafted, the book sings a song to the reader as the man's life moves through different stages. the reader is well matched to the story and is very easy to listen to, and the voices of the famous musicians are an added bonus to this lovely book

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  • Handy Man
  • 02-09-2016

A masterpiece

What can I say? This explores and caresses every note of the heart. A stunning masterpiece....

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  • Shiyan
  • 24-03-2016

Perfect!

Great storyline and narration! Read all Mitch Albom's books and this is the first time I'm listening to audio book.