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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: November 2015

Duration: 9 hours 44 minutes


Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character—Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth—in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives.
In his most stunning 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 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.
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.


  • Stephen G.

    An excellent book loved it I teach guitar and I really loved this book when I got to the end I started at the beginning again I especially love el maestros voice it is awesome

  • Luis R

    Gained a new appreciation for music. Absolutely beautiful story.

  • Shelly-Anne Dennis

    This was a great read. I really enjoyed it. The narration of the book made the read great. It was one of the best book.

  • Paul Bruce

    Fantastic Story! Different.... doesn't fall into any genre. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • Pamela Rader

    One of my all time favorites for sure! Fantastic story with great narration. I would recommend this book to anyone!

  • Susana Gardner

    Great story and beautifully narrated. Loved all the voices. Loved the book!

  • Dacia Weist

    My new favorite book! I would recommend this book to anyone, especially on audio. I was so sucked in and swept up I found myself searching my mind for a memory of Frankie Presto, (yes, I realize he's a fictional character) Mitch Albom did it again with this novel! TWO THUMBS UP!

Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

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Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel, Mitch Albom