The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our livesThis is the epic story of Frankie Presto the greatest guitar pla

  • Title: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
  • Author: Mitch Albom Roger McGuinn Kevin O'Neill Adriana Sananes Ken Brown Sarab Kamoo Ingrid Michaelson John Pizzarelli
  • ISBN: 9780062420039
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our livesThis is the epic story of Frankie Presto the greatest guitar player who ever lived and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue stringsFrankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in aMitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our livesThis is the epic story of Frankie Presto the greatest guitar player who ever lived and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue stringsFrankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself.He makes records He is adored But Frankie Presto s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people s lives At the height of his popularity, tortured by his biggest mistake, he vanishes His legend grows Only decades later, having finally healed his heart, does Frankie reappearjust before his spectacular death to change one last life With the Spirit of Music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music and the magic in each of us A lifelong musician, Mitch Albom s passion shines through on every page Written with an ear for rhythm and cadence, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making Heartrending and inventive, Albom s latest is infused with the message that everyone joins a band in this life and that music, like love, has the power to affect us all.

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    1. 4+ stars . I almost didn't finish this book because it just wasn't grabbing me at first and for some reason the narrator, Music (yes that's right Music) was getting on my nerves . Maybe I was a little intimidated because I'm not familiar at all with the music terminology he/she was using . I enjoy listening to many types of music but that's as far as it goes with me. I don't know much about the specifics. To his or her credit, definitions were given most times. But then I fell in love with Frank [...]

    2. I won this from first reads, and was thrilled.I enjoy music as much as the next guy-- well, rock music and oldies at least. I do prefer  to use my ear pods for listening  to books over listening to music, though.  I can't read music and don't play any instruments.  Could not tell you the difference between allegro and adagio.   In other words, I'm not exactly what you'd call  musical. Thus when it hit me that Music is the narrator of this book, I was a little worried.  Then I immedia [...]

    3. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, Mitch Albomعنوانها: سیم های جادویی فرانکی پرستو؛ تارهای جادویی فرانکی پرستو؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی ام ژانویه سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: سیمهای جادویی فرانکی پرستو؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ مترجم: فرمهر امین پور؛ تهران، میلکان، 1394؛ در 368 ص؛ شابک: 978600784553 [...]

    4. یکی از شاهکارهایی که خوندم میچ البوم رو همیشه دوست داشتم. ولی تو رمان آخرش واقعاً از همه نظر سنگ تموم گذاشت اطلاعات موسیقیایی ـش منو حیرت‌زده کرد و دانش و درکش از موسیقی به شدت منو به شوق و ذوق اورد. اونقد که بعد از خوندن هر بخشی ازین کتاب، هی آهنگ گوش میدادم و انگار با این کار م [...]

    5. Surprisingly Good Story of a Great MusicianAlbom is a MusicianMitch Albom is and was a musician as well as a writer.It shows in this wonderful novel, the story of a legendary fictitious guitarist, Frankie Presto.Albom's prodigious knowledge of music informs the entire book, which is a love affair with music.Begin at the EndThe story starts at the end, at Frankie Presto's funeral in Villareal, Spain, the town in which Frankie was born in 1936. Frankie's funeral takes place in some unspecified yea [...]

    6. 'The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto' is an enchanting novel that will have readers lost in the story from the very first page. I was hesitant to read this book at first - the description didn't sound like something I would be very interested in - but I have read other books by the author and always end up blown away by the end of each one. I'm so glad that I decided to give this book a chance - the author created another magnificent piece of fiction that will stay with me. There are so many uni [...]

    7. فوق العاده!داستان فرانکی پرستو از زبان "موسیقی" اینکه داستان از زبان موسیقی تعریف میشه یک نحوه بیان جدیده. نحوه بیان، موضوع و همه چیز این کتاب به نظرم به نوعی جدید و تازه بودند.

    8. "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" by Mitch Albom is a masterpiece, Albom's best work yet. The story is narrated by Music, interspersed with interviews with famous musicians of many ages and genres. It is a sad story, a love story and just as beautiful, eloquent and elegant as any flawless symphony. Mitch Albom has composed a book of life, love, despair and forgiveness for the ages. My gratitude goes to for sharing.

    9. Kicking-off the new year on a high note. I finished reading the magically-creative, allegorical story of Frankie Presto. Lengthy, yes. But quite the grand story. And worth the invested reading time. "A song inside a cage is never a song. It is a plea." Much to praise! I loved the anthropomorphic narrator: Music - the talent bequeathing Spirit. The many musical references and innuendos sprinkled throughout were also delightful. The ebb and flow between past and present, time and place, was anothe [...]

    10. Frankie Presto was a fictional character. But, after reading this book, I hoped he was real. This was a feel good book of what the value of music can do for the "bands" in your life. The bands are the connections you have in your life with people. Frankie Presto belonged to many bands and changed the life's of many. When the special guitar strings turn blue, a person's life is shifted and altered. Music soothes the salvage beast and it makes believers out of non-believers. Frankie Presto guitar [...]

    11. I say skip the book and go straight for the music. I just couldn't buy in to the idea of Music as storyteller or narrator, reliable or unreliable. Some of the chapters, especially of Frankie's early life in Spain were interesting but the musical terms used for comparisons and life-saving strings became almost hokey for me and easily anticipated. The musical history of various legends is easily appreciated by music lovers as well. Maybe I just have too many bad memories of childhood piano lessons [...]

    12. READ THE BOOK before reading the review (not because it contains spoilers but IT IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD. READ IT RIGHT NOW!)Mitch Albom's book are really, really good. After reading,the five people you meet in heaven andthe time keeper, Mitch Albom become one of my favorite authors. And when I got a copy, I read it immediately (but since I have school it took me more than a week). And what I really like about this book is the narrator, (view spoiler)[ Music, which is similar to some books that h [...]

    13. I'm breathless. The star rating doesn't fit this book. It is wildly wonderful. Of course, so was Tuesdays with Morrie, but The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto had so many more dimensions, so many incredible loops and tie-ins and -- well, magical happenings. I know it's large, nearly 490 pages, but if you can read it in one sitting -- and it is easy to race through -- then the rhythm, once begun, never gets interrupted, and the rhythm adds to the richness. The story is at once legend, parable, fa [...]

    14. Did not finish by page 50. I did not enjoy the Forrest Gump like premise of this book. I was never a Gump fan so this is not the book for me. I am guessing that people who enjoyed Gump both the movie and book will enjoy more than I did.

    15. I was a first reads winner of "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto:A Novel. by Mitch Albom.I would give this book a 4.5e book is narrated by "music" who follows the mysterious life of Frankie Presto. Frankie Presto was born in the mid 1930s in Spain. He was born in a convent.Frankie becomes a war orphan he is raised for eight years by the man, and a hairless dog who found him in a river as an infant. He is taught to play the guitar from a blind man known as "Maestro" at eight Frankie lives with [...]

    16. 4.5 starsThere's something about Mitch Albom's writing that is so beautiful and magical, I could just bathe in all the words. Frankie Presto was once one of the greats and rubbed shoulders with Elvis, Hank Williams, Django Reinhardt and Darlene Love.He was born in the middle of Franco's dictatorship of Spain and found his way through America. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto starts with the death of Frankie and we make our way to the start of his story, who he was, how he learned to play the [...]

    17. واسه منى كه عاشق فيلماى برگرفته از زندگى موسيقى دان ها و خواننده هام مثه بتهوون ، موتزارت ، جانى كش ، باب ديلن و اين كتاب يه نعمت بود . هرچيزى كه به موسيقى مربوط بشه مگه ميشه بد باشه ؟ چقدر روون و عالى بود و چه جاهايى كه غافلگيرم كرد . يك نفس عميق و بـَه به اين كتاب

    18. Tears. So many tears.The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a tragedy. I don't care how it ends, or what you think of it. It is tragic. I cried. I connected to Frankie, especially as a child. As readers, we witness homeless little Little Frankie Presto become a musical legend. I've never seen a character be dealt such horrible cards from the get-go. Still, he is hopeful and there is a light in his eyes. We then get to watch that light fade as he overcomes these obstacles. Blow after blow, Franci [...]

    19. Have you ever entertained the idea of joining a band? According to the Narrator of Mitch Albom’s new book, “The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto,” we all join a band in life. And it will affect you as much as you affect it! That “Narrator” is “Music” itself and it highlights the fictional life of Frankie Presto - an Elvis look-alike who was orphaned in a burning church and raised by a blind guitar teacher. Blending spiritual teachings with musical disciplines Albom weaves Frankie’ [...]

    20. I did not want to like The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. It's an odd title. (I like cozy mysteries, so I know odd titles!) Mitch Ablom is a famous author. His books have been on national best-seller lists. So the expectations go through the roof and I didn't think his book could live up to that.Now, I am most happy to report that Frankie Presto started growing on me from the first note. And there is no choice between first-person and third-person narration, because Music is itself the narrato [...]

    21. 3.5 starsI have revised my rating and also my opinion of this book. I waited to review it because there was just something that was niggling at the back of my mind. It has been over two weeks since I finished this book and there has not been a day that I have not thought about it. Lately I have been reading a lot of books that have been narrated by some very unconventional narrators. A cat, a dead person, letters, a music box and some very unreliable authors. But I have never read a book narrate [...]

    22. _.«آدم از کجا بفهمه عاشق شده،مایسترو؟»«اگر بپرسی،یعنی عاشق نیستی.»«شما تا حالا عاشق بودید،مایسترو؟»«کی "رکو یر دوس دلا آلهامبرا" رو نوشته؟»«فرانسیسکو تارگا»«چه تکنیکی باید توی اون آهنگ استفاده کرد؟»«تکنیک ترمولو»«تو باید از این سوال ها بپرسی،نه سوال های عاشقانه!»«خود ترمو [...]

    23. Wow, just wow. This book is BRILLIANT! I know I will have a book hangover for days, weeks maybe, now that I have completed this novel. I have read other Mitch Albom fiction, but they do not compare to this AT ALL! (However, I must say that I do consider his memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, as one of my top 5 favorite books!) I think reading The Magic Strings in very large chunks will help readers with the flow of the story and add to the overall experience of this beautiful novel. That's my two cen [...]

    24. Favorite Quotes:“Baffa, unmarried and in his forties, went to church regularly and kept a cross on the wall of his bedroom, so the discovery of an abandoned child was for him a divine act, like finding Moses in the reeds. He took the boy in.”“Baffa was potbellied, with a sagging chest, thick jowls, a drooping forehead, and a downward-bending mustache, so that when he sat, he seemed like a layer of frowns stacked in a chair. But the boy made him happy.”“The blind man played it passionat [...]

    25. بعد مدتها بود كه يك كتاب روان و راحت خوندم.واقعا چسبيد!تا قبل از چند صفحه ى اخر با خودم مى گفتم چهار ستاره اما در صفحه هاى اخر تازه فهميدم كل داستان مى تونه بيشتر از پنج ستاره داشته باشه.واقعا اين لحظه ها معركه ن .از خوندنش لذت ببرين .

    26. Mitch Albom has a flair for writing warm, personal stories that have a freshness and depth to them. "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" is no exception. Readers don't need to have an affection for or a deep interest in music to see and feel the connections in this book, but it probably adds a bit of spark if there's some kind of appreciation for music.This story tells Frankie's life and the impact it had on people close to him, and those who were at a distance. Not only does the story explore [...]

    27. Mitch Albom is most definitely my go-to author for feel-good stories. After the last book I read, I needed a spiritual cleansing. This one did the trick.I've not read everything Albom has written but I've read enough to know that this is his worst so far. But Albom's worst exceeds some author's best - I gave it three stars so that's saying something. This is the Story of Frankie Presto from his birth to death as narrated by friends who came to his funeral and the entity known as not the Grim Rea [...]

    28. Enter the magical world of music as envisioned by Mitch Albom in "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto". The voice of "Music" narrates the tale throughout most of this charming novel. It starts with the sentence "I have come to claim my prize" as we meet Music at Frankie Presto's funeral, where Music has come to claim back the gift of music that was loaned to Frankie throughout his life. Thus we know that Frankie was endowed with a prodigious talent, and how he uses that talent will unfold over t [...]

    29. the author has created a mythical character who journeys through most of the pop/rock/blues/jazz music of the latter part of the 20th century and this book is more than just music but a journey of frankie through this life from being born in a church during the spanish civil war. the prose was easy to read hence why the book was finished so quickly

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