Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed other Mitch Albom books in the past, but this one wasn’t on my short list until two coworkers recommended it. One coworker highly recommended the audiobook version and I’m so glad that I followed her advice. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard. It’s read by a full cast of talented actors including Mitch Albom himself.

Here’s a basic summary of the book:

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.

It’s easy to get lost into this story and forget everything that’s happening around you. This story offers more than a fictitious character’s musical career. It’s the ups and downs in his life and his relationships that add depth to the story. Frankie Presto’s fame was believable — I wanted him to be a real person.

I love it when authors use a unique narrator and find different ways to format their story. In this case, music was the narrator and it began with Frankie’s death. This one start at the end, then jump to the beginning circling back around to the end.

I’ve always loved music and I played an instrument for eight years, so I can read music and understand the terminology. I enjoyed his musical journey and how his life intertwined with famous musicians. I didn’t know all of the music references, but it was fun when he mentioned artists that I know such as Little Richard, Lyle Lovett, Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and Paul Stanley. Frankie’s music career made me wish I still played an instrument and had his talent.

If you’re thinking about reading this book, I highly recommend the audiobook version. Get ready for a magical journey.

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