The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Book - 2015
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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. 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 reappear just 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062294418
0062294415
Branch Call Number: ALBOM
Characteristics: 496 pages ; 20 cm

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ArapahoeHannah Nov 21, 2017

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

Hannah says: It was truly enchanting and I found it to be like nothing that I’ve ever read. I was in awe with the adventures and the character felt so real and personable. Follow Hannah's recommendations at AL_Hannah.


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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.

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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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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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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