The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto - Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

By Mitch Albom

  • Release Date: 2015-11-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 266 Ratings


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.


  • Sentimental

    By sadlyit
    A sentimental tale of fame and what truly makes one happy.
  • The soul of music

    By papa-delta
    I could not put it down. It is one of the most beautiful love stories about music, and the love of music.
  • Fantastic

    By Native6325
    To say that I simply enjoyed this book would be an understatement. This book was fantastic. I am not into music, but due to the way the author describes the musical numbers in the book and their importance to the overall story, I found myself searching for them on YouTube, and when I found clips of them them they did not disappoint. I read this book in less than a day. I could not put it down.
  • Magic strings

    By Seekin knowledge
    This book was hard to put down. Loved the details to music, the history of music entwined and the story line. There were unexpected twists and times where I put the book down just to collect my emotions. Fun read!
  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

    By Yellerhead
    Albom has done it again! This is a great read defining the impact of music upon every person's life.
  • Great Read

    By Bob1446
    Even if you don't know the difference between a d sharp and b flat you will enjoy this book! If you ever listened to a transitator radio or watched MTV or VH1, you'll love this book! Read it in last than 2 days!! Buy this book!!
  • great is great

    By AvgReader2b
    really enjoyed this book. if you appreciate music, the magic strings of Frankie presto won't disappoint.
  • Mitch Albom strikes gold

    By Robertpolson
    Great read for musicians and non musicians alike
  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

    By Mayberry, SM
    Wonderful story from beginning to end. I couldn't hardly put it down. I read Frankie's story I three days. I recommend all of Mitch Albom's books
  • Wonderful

    By SP219
    A great read very impressed!