The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

eBook - 2015
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Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character-Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth-in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. In his most stunning novel yet, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town. At nine years old, Frankie 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 touched by the gods, 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, Wynton Marsalis 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, 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-just before his spectacular death-to change one last life. With its Forest Gump-like romp through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making. A lifelong musician himself, Mitch Albom delivers a remarkable novel, infused with the message that "everyone joins a band in this life" and those connections change us all.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062294425
0062294423
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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.

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elainemorrison
Aug 17, 2016

Mitch Albom creates a fictional character who lives through the very influential time of music, from the classics through Elvis and Woodstock to a current country star. Frankie isn't perfect and he suffers some of the pitfalls that musicians often encounter, but he is a sympathetic protagonist. You learn about many historical composers and musicians as Frankie makes his way through the musical landscape.

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