The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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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.

An epic story of the greatest guitar player to ever live, and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.

In Albom’s 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 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.

The complete list of narrators includes Mitch Albom, Roger McGuinn, Ingrid Michaelson, John Pizzarelli, Paul Stanley, George Guidall, Mike Hodge, Robin Miles, Christian Baskous, Tony Chiroldes, Kevin O’Neil, Adriana Sananes, Ken Brown, and Sarab Kamoo.


  • 001 The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

    Duration: 01min
  • 002 Chapter 01

    Duration: 11min
  • 003 Marcus Belgrave

    Duration: 05min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 05min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duration: 06min
  • 006 Clem Dundridge

    Duration: 14min
  • 007 Chapter 04

    Duration: 03min
  • 008 Chapter 05

    Duration: 13min
  • 009 Darlene Love

    Duration: 08min
  • 010 Chapter 06

    Duration: 05min
  • 011 Chapter 07

    Duration: 04min
  • 012 Chapter 08

    Duration: 08min
  • 013 Leonard Tappy Fishman

    Duration: 09min
  • 014 Chapter 09

    Duration: 05min
  • 015 Chapter 10

    Duration: 04min
  • 016 Chapter 11

    Duration: 04min
  • 017 Chapter 12

    Duration: 15min
  • 018 Chapter 13

    Duration: 04min
  • 019 Abby Cruz

    Duration: 08min
  • 020 Chapter 14

    Duration: 09min
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