The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

A Novel

Book - 2015
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kimh454
May 31, 2019

I loved it. I have a feeling that I'm not capable of not liking anything that Mitch Albom has written or will write.

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munchy70
May 18, 2019

Found this book by accident on the way out. Soooo glad I borrowed it. Perhaps the best Mitch Albom book ever. A great read - couldn’t put it down.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 26, 2019

His books always have an important message.

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Alma_Anya
Nov 22, 2018

When words are not enough, it is the beautiful language of music that binds people together. This is the theme of this book narrated my music itself. It follows Frankie Presto throughout his life and tells tales of how his music came to influence so many people and how he altered the lives of 6, including himself. As much as I love this author, I can't say I was completely absorbed into this book. It wasn't until the last 15 pages when I glad I didn't give up on it. However, he still did an amazing job connecting the various people and events together that spanned over several decades.

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cosmicboy93
Jun 08, 2018

One of my all-time favorite stories. I've enjoyed several of the other Mitch Albom books, but this one was amazing. The story, the characters, the musical references, all wonderful. I listened on audiobook and I can't imagine that it would be as good to read, as the numerous people voicing the different characters made it that much better.

NL_Val Jan 09, 2018

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is "Magic". The narrator of this story is music and it takes us on an unforgettable trip through Frankie's life.

ArapahoeHannah Nov 21, 2017

It was truly enchanting and I found it to be like nothing that I’ve ever read.

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QnVz
Sep 11, 2017

So AMAZING!!! Next best thing to Tuesdays with Morrie all over again. I loved it!! Absolutely Magical! All the emojiis and heartstrings!!

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marsar11
Jul 17, 2017

Mitch Albom tells compelling stories. Loved how he entwined historical musicians into Frankie's life. Other books I've read, I've felt a more upbeat connections. Frankie, through bad luck or bad choices, never has a life I feel he had true happiness and contentment. Sad.

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January1947
Jul 08, 2017

Well written -- characters were memorable and the use of real musicians with the story line made it compelling. Where can we meet this Frankie Presto?

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Ricegirl1959
Jun 03, 2017

I did enjoy "Frankie Presto", by Mitch Albom, however, I also found it a very sad story. The ending did surprise me and I will not ruin the ending for future readers. I will say that I preferred Mr. Albom's book, "The Time Keeper", to this work. But that is a matter of opinion.

I would recommend this book to other readers.

JCLLeslieN Feb 15, 2017

Lots of people love this book, but the fairy tale aspect of the story did not resonate with me.

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melmccurdy
Feb 10, 2017

Frankie Presto is an accomplished musician, but with a sad, complicated, painful, yet beautiful, life story. And his story, appropriately enough, is narrated by the talent he embodies, Music. From his beginnings as an abandoned baby, to an orphan, to a guitar student, to an immigrant, to a musical success phenomenon (possibly better than Elvis!), the reader is swept away with tales of his life with preeminent musicians, to his battles with memories and addictions.
I loved this story and was constantly nudging minutes out of the day to read. I wasn't ready for it to end.
This was our book club choice for February - and served as a reminder why I love book club: this is a book I would never have read on my own, or voluntarily picked up to read. I was gloriously rewarded

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becker
Jan 16, 2017

I can't imagine there would be many people who would not love this book. It was a wonderful story full of nostalgia, history and culture. It has a fantastic cast of characters (many of whom you will already know) and it is filled with the best character true dialogue I have ever read. It is fun and touching and tender. If you are a lover of music you must pick this book up. You will love it. If you have been thinking about trying an audiobook, this is the one to start with. The audio production was fabulous.

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brangwinn
Dec 09, 2016

In a book narrated by music, Frankie Presto’s amazing life is examined. An orphan, baby Frankie was found in a river by an unmarried man he came to believe was his father. Frankie was blessed with musical ability and this ability led him and his guitar from Franco’s Spain to the US where he worked with musicians like Duke Ellington, Elvis and other pop stars. Like all Mitch Albom books you feel better about the world after you’ve read the book.

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pkerr
Oct 27, 2016

As an amateur musician I really identified with the character in the book learning to play his instrument. You never stop learning. But the love stories were Kleenex reaching. I had a hard time putting the book down. A bit too big for an all-nighter but then you want to spread the pleasure over at least a few days.

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wyenotgo
Oct 26, 2016

As can be said of all of Albom's books, this one is a parable, with a hint of whatever it is that Albom does-- mysticism? spiritualist musing? para-religious what-ifs? Also, as with Albom's other books this is a love story and a tale about coping with adversity.
As narrator, Albom casts himself in the role of Music, a disembodied omniscient "talent" that infuses his protagonist, Frankie. And so, with the addition of a tiny bit of magic and a lot of (highly unlikely but convenient) serendipity he constructs a story. This book is about three times the length of his previous ones, covering the complete life of his protagonist: a stretched-out parable for sure, but still within the genre.
Thoroughly enjoyable!

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melanith
Sep 26, 2016

This honestly has to be one of the best books I have ever read. I loved it and was hooked from start to finish. Being told from the point of Music it is melodic and a love story. It truly is a harmony and doesn't disappoint. Great Great Great read!!

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rmc63
May 27, 2016

Slow start but more interest as progressed; insight into a world little known about even if purely fictional

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haileyj
May 12, 2016

While the narrator in the novel The Book Thief is Death, the narrator of this story is Music and it doesn't compare well. The story felt very contrived and jerky while wanting to portray a cleverness and sophistication that just didn't come through for me. I nearly quit reading several times as the character of Frankie just wasn't that interesting.

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dlh1
May 03, 2016

I'm not sure why this novel was awarded so much praise. I also am a great fan of Mitch Albom, but didn't think that this was his best work. I thought that the ending had been foreshadowed enough that it did not come as any surprise to me. If the plot had been rolled out in a more linear fashion, rather than jumping around like a ping pong ball, it might have held my interest a little more (than it did). I almost quit reading it a few times before I passed the midway point, as the continual jumping between different times and viewpoints was annoying to me.

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writermala
Apr 23, 2016

"Truth is Light. Lies are shadows. Music is both." Is this statement from a non-fiction book by Mitch Albom? No, it is from his novel. What a beautiful novel narrated by music. Music tells the story of Fransisco, better known as Frankie who was blessed with the gift of music and which he earned by practising devoutly at the feet of his maestro; his maestro who tells him, "The secret is not to make your music louder, but to make the world quieter."
One could quote the entire book but I'll leave you with one thought; a thought that will make you want to read the book in which Frankie, like Forrest Gump stumbles to real life musicians and plays with them - "Man searches his courage in drink, but it is not courage he finds, it is fear that he loses."
Nobody who reads this book which is also a love story will remain the same after it.

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cdbeaubien
Apr 12, 2016

This is a magical book! It was like eating a pepper that heats up after you eat it-- the book kept me thinking and understanding more about it after I had finished reading it! I seldom read a book twice, but I will this one.

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GrinBig
Apr 11, 2016

What a great story! I loved it.

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Warru37
Apr 11, 2016

August 2017 Book Club


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