The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Book - 2015
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Sent to America at age nine with nothing but an old guitar, Frankie Presto achieves success on the mid-twentieth-century music scene before becoming overburdened by his ability to affect people's futures through his music.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062294418
0062294415
Branch Call Number: FIC Albo
Characteristics: 496 pages ; 19 cm

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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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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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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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