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Publisher's Summary

In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript - the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens - come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta's eye, it appears to be an authentic 18th-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the caveat that Meta attempt to find the manuscript's true owner - a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart - and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvorák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn't the only one after the music's secrets.

©2017 Bradford Morrow (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A magnificent obsession sparks Morrow's gorgeous novel, and Christina Delaine's narration adds the needed heat.... Delaine's lush tones allow the characters to take center stage." (AudioFile)

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Wonderful topic, writer gets in the way

I wanted to love this book. I loved everything about the topic, the time. The author was name and culture dropping more than writing a story. Pretentious and unsatisfying.

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Good premise for a story

The basic story is interesting and seemed promising. The issue is that the narration is not great - the accents are distracting (is Sam supposed to be a cowboy?) and the delivery is overly dramatic, but part of the latter is how the book is written. The other issue the is dialogue. I kept thinking as I listened "nobody talks like that" and the portrayel of certain events in the book was over the top for what actually happened. By the middle of the book, I felt as though I were reading a romance novel. Really could have used a good editor.

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Original and enjoyable

Nicely structured mix of historical and contemporary fiction. A little technical in parts but Highly recommend.

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Interesting story BAD narration.

I really struggled to finish this. I wish I had read it instead. The narrator was so heavy-handed with her interpretaion, it was too hard to listen to...the breathiness...the 'puking' ... the over the top accents (one character is from New York and, for some reason, had a Maine accent). Several of the characters sounded like Dracula. It was bad.

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Quite wonderful

A friend recommended this book because I had been in Prague, after the Velvet Revolution, six or se en times. It was wonderful to have many Prague neighborhoods and landmarks recalled to me. Most surprising, tough, was that it was a. Ra king good story, very well told.

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kind of disappointed

I've read some other of Brad Morrow's books and enjoyed them. He is as usual good at describing an Eastern European millieu, but this story is not very interesting. it also requires a great suspension of disbelief for the plot to work, such as copying machines being unavailable, likewise faxes, scanners, or email. These last two were not as universally common in the story's time setting but they were certainly not obscure.I don't want to introduce a spoiler, so I'll just say a lot of the plot hinges on there being no way to photocopy a document, which is a big stretch.

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Trouble hearing some critical conversations

The reader dropped her voice for I assume dramatic effect when some of the characters were talking to a volume so low as to be unintelligable. I was listening in my car on the road, but I could hear the rest just fine. It was very frustrating. Too bad.

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Epic novel in many ways.

Bradford Morrow has delivered a masterpiece with this novel. Rich in detail and historically accurate. I loved this book.

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A not-to-be-missed read!

An engaging story, beautifully written, and performed by a reader with enormous talent. Loved it!

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Maybe a little slow, but worth the patience!

I really enjoyed this novel, even though it did seem slow at times. I also really liked the narrator, though I also felt her narrative style was a bit frustrating at times, when I wanted a bit more sense of urgency for her rather than the higher dramatic emphasis. However, all over, the book is rather wonderful!