The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our lives

This 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 strings

Frankie, 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.

Title:The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0062294415
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages

    The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Reviews

  • Angela M
    Nov 23, 2015

    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...

  • ?Karen
    Jun 18, 2016

    I won this from Goodreads 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 listeni...

  • Mona
    Jan 07, 2016

    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, Fra...

  • Stephanie Ward
    Oct 06, 2015

    '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...

  • Pamela
    Oct 26, 2016

    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. "...

  • Lori Tatar
    Nov 01, 2015

    "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...

  • david y biblioflick
    Nov 11, 2015

    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...

  • Lori
    Feb 01, 2016

    I was a goodreads first reads winner of "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto:A Novel. by Mitch Albom.I would give this book a 4.5.the book is narrated by "music" who follows the mysterious life of Fra...

  • La Tonya  Jordan
    Jan 23, 2016

    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...

  • Kate Ayers
    Nov 06, 2015

    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 incr...