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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel | Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional characterFrankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earthin this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. An epic story of the greatest guitar player to ever live, and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings. In Alboms most sweeping 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 Frankies 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 peoples futureswith 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 reappearjust before his spectacular deathto 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.
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Blueberry
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚❤️ 2mo
Eggs On m‘y TBR list!! 2mo
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Kempfme
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This is a great life story of a guitarist told through his guitar.

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Blueberry
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! ❤️📚🤍 1y
Eggs On my wish list❣️ Beautiful ❤️⚪️❤️ 1y
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Rachel.Rencher
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I don't think I've ever read a book narrated in the 2nd person by an inanimate entity. I'm not opposed to it, but I'm not sure that it's done well. I really want to like this book. I think I might still be in a reading slump? Do I bail on this or is it worth sticking with it?

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jdiehr
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You guys, take advantage of this deal.

When my book club chose this book ages ago, I figured it would be corny. I had preconceived notions about Mitch Albom.

It is one of my top 5 favorite books.

So good.

megnews I love Albom. This is his only book I haven‘t read yet. 1y
jdiehr @megnews It's so good 😊 1y
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SaraHasClass
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Panpan

Intrigued by music as a narrarator, I really liked this book at the start, but in the end I found Frankie's story overdramatic & completely beyond the realm of believable. It was for me a Forrest Gump story, a string of name dropping & event hopping. I didn't find it remotely magical at all.

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MissYaremcio
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This book is about Frankie Presto's journey to discovering himself through music. Narrated in the second person by the concept of Music itself, this story unfolds through important musical events and moments in Frankie's life. I loved this story and I would highly suggest anyone who loved “the Book Thief“ or loves music to read the book. A symbol in the book is the blue guitar strings as they detail the lives that Frankie changes with his music.

Nute This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. Stacking! 1y
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jdiehr
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I needed an audiobook for my road trip to Carson City so I chose "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" even though I have already read it. I am loving the audio version with all the different voices and am remembering why I loved this story so much the first time I read it. One of my top 5 favs.

Here is a shot of Mt Shasta that I snapped this afternoon.

Suet624 So beautiful! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 2y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Anyone read this one? About half way through and I‘m really liking it.

BookishMe Not yet... My daughter loves this though! 2y
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Blueberry
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My thrift store find today for $1.00 plus a free bread cookbook. I already own The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto (one of my favorites ever) so this one is for my daughter.

@NataliePatalie

NataliePatalie For me?! 😍🥰😘 3y
runswithscissors007 Suite Français was a lovely surprise. (to me). hope you enjoy it! 3y
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“Everyone joins a band in their lives. Not all of them are musical.” This story, told by the spirit of Music itself, as well as real musicians and industry legends (who actually participated in the story‘s development), is the story of the greatest musician who never was. It‘s funny, beautiful, sad, inspiring, and joyful in a way that only Albom can do. This is my book of the year.

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SmolTaco
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From the first chapter i already knew that this book would turn out to be my favorite book, and it did. It had so many twists and turns i adoreeeeeee this books.

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NatalieR
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So glad I finally read this one! Mitch Albom weaved a beautiful story of Frankie Presto‘s life from birth to death. A life filled with moments of happiness and even fame along with losses and tragedy. Parts of the story are told by famous musicians in attendance of Frankie‘s funeral. Clever writing style with lots of emotion and passion. 💜🎸 🎼 #MountTBR

jdiehr This is one of my top five favorite books 😊 3y
NatalieR @jdiehr Wow! That‘s awesome! 3y
BiblioLitten Pretty pic💕💜 3y
NatalieR @BiblioLitten Thanks! 😊 3y
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jb72
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#24B4Monday #readathon #popjargame
I got in just over 8 hours of reading. Not as good as I wanted, but made some progress. I finished The Graveyard Book, and read The Next Person You Meet in Heaven in full. I also started the tagged book.

BeansPage Sounds like great progress to me! You did an awesome sweetie 👏👏👏🥳🎉🎉 3y
jb72 @TheReadingMermaid Thanks! Now it‘s time to start that stupid romance book for my library book club. LoL 3y
Andrew65 A great time - well done. 👏👏👏 Hope you enjoyed The Graveyard Book. See you next month. 😊 (edited) 3y
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TheSpineView So true!😊 3y
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RavensCarm
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SOOOOOO freaking good!! So often I wished I owned this book in hardcover to highlight quotes rather than be reading a library ebook. Ate this one up in a day and a half! Such a good one!!

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MicheleCroft

Man searches for courage in drink, but it is not courage that he finds, it is fear he loses. A drunken man may step off a cliff. That does not make him brave, just forgetful.
--The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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Silence is part of music. But just because something is silent doesn't mean you aren't hearing it.
--The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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MicheleCroft

All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?
--The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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Blueberry
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rather_be_reading so cute! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 4y
vkois88 That sounds really good 4y
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jdiehr
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1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
3. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
4. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

#SundayFunday @sebrittain

sebrittainclark ❤❤❤ 4y
sprainedbrain Owen Meany! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
kspenmoll Love Owen! 4y
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Schnoebs
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Omg!!!!!!! @LapReader your package finally came!!!!! This was the biggest surprise I‘ve experienced in a long time. I didn‘t think I would ever get my #hellofrom package but here it is all the way from Australia! Thank you so much for this amazing, thoughtful and amazing smelling package. Mitch Albom is my favorite author and I can‘t wait to read this one!

@bullbunny #australia #mpls #twincities #surprise #happiness

mreads I love this swap idea😀 4y
LapReader Finally! So glad you like it and thanks for your patience. 4y
LapReader Did the soap melt? 4y
Schnoebs @LapReader nope, the soap was perfect! 4y
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Blueberry
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The Rock-bottom Remainders: a rock band made of authors. Members have included Stephen King, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Greg Iles, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Sam Barry, Barbara Kingsolver, and honorary member Maya Angelou.

#Riotgrams Pair a book & a movie.

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Amanda.smith

"Talent is a piece of God's shadow, and under that shadow, human stories intersect".

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Krysta
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I really enjoyed this one. Narrated by music itself, it tells like little puzzle pieces coming together, or perhaps more appropriately, little notes coming together to form a song. Lovely, and, despite its appearance, a quick read.

Blueberry LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. 4y
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Blueberry
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vkois88 😂😂 4y
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Blueberry
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The best ♡

#riotgrams #music

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christine.boyer
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I finally have my reading bug back; thanks to the recommendations from all of you littens! Looking forward to this read.

Lauren.Archer I loved this one so much 5y
Courtneymal17 I love Mitch Albom, but this one never caught my attention....finally read it in December and LOVED it! 5y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you are enjoying it here! 5y
Blueberry LOVE this book ♡ 5y
tpixie Welcome!! Check out @LitsyBookClub & @LitsyHappenings ! 4y
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rather_be_reading

Music is the connection of human souls, speaking a language that needs no words.

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rather_be_reading

Everyone joins a band in this life.

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rather_be_reading

The city was as quiet as a cave.

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rather_be_reading

It is about baring your soul in the notes, telling your tale.

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rather_be_reading

It is because life will always drag you to the bottom.

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rather_be_reading

She counted the raindrops hitting her umbrella, and assigned to each one a reason that she could not go to him When she ran out of reasons, she closed the umbrella and let herself get soaked. Then crossed the street.

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rather_be_reading

The secret is not to make your music louder, but to make the world quieter.

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rather_be_reading

No other creature has this arrogance--to confine its own.

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rather_be_reading

You cannot eat if you do not chew. And you cannot play if you do not...listen.

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rather_be_reading

Sometimes I think the greatest talent of all is perserverance.

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rather_be_reading

But you cannoy change your past, no matter how you craft your future.

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rather_be_reading

All humans are musical.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#bookwithalongtitle
#Janinbooks18

From the tbr shelf!! 📚📚

BookishMe 💗 Guernsey!! 5y
Andrew65 Just read and loved Guernsey! @BookishMe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 5y
emmaturi Also loved Guernsey Literacy Society book. Plus it had been made into a movie now! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emmaturi I didn‘t know that!!! 5y
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Blueberry
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You know when you gift someone a book that was very special to you and you know is perfect for them and then they never read it. Or worse, they don't even acknowledge receiving it in the mail until you ask them. That's it...Frankie Presto...a gift to a wonderful musician friend. The other two were wonderfully received. :)
#Jingleshelves #Bookyougifted
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookloo

Blueberry Ooh, I sound bitter. Haha 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How can someone not acknowledge a gift? I‘m so sorry!!! 😢 5y
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Wow. Such a great book!! I give it 5 stars. This was recommended on one of those Facebook articles about the best books on audio. Totally did not disappoint. Excellent full cast. (Ingrid Michaelson had a small part!?)

"There is a reason you glance up when you first hear a melody, or tap your foot to the sound of a drum. All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?"

#awesomeaudio #audiobook
#justreaditalready

rohit-sawant That's an awesome quote! Love Ingrid Michaelson! 5y
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Blueberry
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1. Almost empty classroom
2. A student's backpack
3. This is US
4. Gift card?
5. The Magic Strands of Frankie Presto, A Man Called Ove

#Humpdaypost

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#redbooks
#dectheshelves
From my tbr shelf!!

Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
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Lmstraubie
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Pickpick

I didn't want this story to end. I fell in love with all the characters. It is another one of those heartbreakingly sweet stories that just feels so real. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🎸

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Lmstraubie
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Currently on #audio

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DebbieGrillo
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I love Mitch Albom but there are a few of his books I have yet to read. This is one. #emojinov 🎶🎵🎻🎼 @RealLifeReading

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Blueberry
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Bluzygrl
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Taking advantage of my favorite reading spot before it's too cold.