The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Large Print - 2015
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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 Frankie's 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 people's futures -- with 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 reappear -- just before his spectacular death -- to change one last life.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062416865
Call Number: LT FIC ALB
Characteristics: 526 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (14 point)


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Mar 23, 2020

Interesting take on music and the power it holds. Frankie becomes a vessel for this power and magic and life unfolds one scale at, or, as in a key lifetime signature of metaphorical comparisons of human vibrations interacting within the individual and the collective whole (note). Those techniques studied and honed as well as those which are part of the greater symphony within the beating hearts of individuals; "We all join a band." This theme plays wonderfully throughout Mr. Albom's book.

Jan 29, 2020

This book, was my first Mitch Albom book that I read. I loved it! I loved how each person told the story from his perspective. This story and the people in it are still in my heart, and there are few writers that can do this. Stephen King and Dean Koontz come to mind, so he is classed with 2 great writers. Give this book a read, and you will not regret it.

Jan 25, 2020

Loved this! Albom tells such a deep story. The metaphors between music and life surround the story. Narrated by music with interviews from real life musicians weaves throughout so it almost become historical fiction. A beautiful story about how we influence others and how music influences us.

Jan 07, 2020

Liked it and had a hard time putting it down but a bit contrived at points

Dec 04, 2019


Nov 11, 2019

Was very happy with this book, I really didn't want it to end.

Oct 16, 2019

Creative and original fictional work. Spanish war orphan is raised by a blind guitar virtuoso and then embarks on his own career, rising to great heights and falling deeply. He often loses his way but recovers when he returns to his musical roots. Narrator is Music.

May 31, 2019

I loved it. I have a feeling that I'm not capable of not liking anything that Mitch Albom has written or will write.

May 18, 2019

Found this book by accident on the way out. Soooo glad I borrowed it. Perhaps the best Mitch Albom book ever. A great read - couldn’t put it down.

Feb 26, 2019

His books always have an important message.

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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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