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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bonnie Marson Narrator: Staci Snell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It seems that the legendary composer Franz Schubert is alive—well, sort of—in the twenty-first century: his soul has taken up residence in the body of Brooklyn lawyer Liza Durbin. Even more astonishing, so has his prodigious gift. A mediocre pianist at best as a child, Liza can suddenly pound out concertos and compose masterly music out of the blue. But how can a brilliant male Austrian composer from the nineteenth century coexist in the everyday life of a modern American woman? And how can Liza explain what’s happened to her without everyone thinking she’s gone off the deep end? 

Fortunately, the evidence is tangible, and Liza is soon brought into the esteemed halls of Juilliard under the tutelage of the revered—and feared—Greta Pretsky, a humorless woman whose only interest in Liza is her channeling of Schubert. Greta’s greedy for her next big star, and the entire New York City press is whispering of Liza’s brilliance as the public awaits her debut at Carnegie Hall. Even Liza’s boyfriend, Patrick, seems more in love with her than ever.

Yet as Liza yields to Franz’s great passion, her own life and identity threaten to elude her. Why was she chosen as the vessel for this musical genius—and when, if ever, will he leave? Their entwined souls follow a path of ecstasy, peril, and surprise as they search for the final, liberating truth.

A strikingly original novel, Sleeping with Schubert plays on years of speculation regarding Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony.” Bonnie Marson’s extraordinary imagination supposes that Schubert cannot truly die until the mystery is solved—even if it means being resurrected in the body of a deceptively ordinary woman. Filled with drama and humor, this irresistible novel explores love, genius, and identity in ways that will engage and amaze readers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Combining just the right amounts of love, lunacy, and lyricism, Bonnie Marson has given us an enchanting tale about genius and relationships sparked by the improbable convergence of a dead composer and a Brooklyn lawyer. This book is as original as they come. You will be captivated.”

    Tawni O’Dell, New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads

  • “Marson’s writing is delectable…Her plot takes many twists and turns, weaving triumphs and betrayals, surprises and suspicions through concerts, recordings, and travels. There is much high comedy and even a satisfying soupçon of gravitas. But to write too much about a delicious book is to risk compromising its flavor. Suffice it to say that Sleeping with Schubert is a complete delight.”

    Washington Post

  • “Marson treats the reader to a bit of culture and sophistication. By combining an unusual circumstance with a welcome and inviting level of introspection that is rare to most heroines in the genre, Marson offers audiences the chance to imagine a reality in which baby grand pianos fit in Brooklyn apartments and frumpy lawyers can become renowned Romantic composers.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A charmed and charming novel—an imaginative joy ride with a gifted and generous spirit.”

    Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

  • “From the opening lines, Sleeping with Schubert is a hilarious, whimsical romp through the looking glass of a great musical mystery. The writing snaps, crackles, and pops with humor as Bonnie Marson makes Schubert a sexy, happening kind of guy who gives new meaning to our dreaming the impossible.”

    Jonis Agee, author of The Weight of Dreams

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben Campbell | 2/19/2014

    " Fiction, fantasy...whatever you wish to call Sleeping with Schubert it's a fun read. The characters were diligent and rounded, the story fascinating, the music pleasurable, and the theory of identity merge fascinating. Especially when the merge is two gifted players. This is a story worth remembering and passing around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 2/14/2014

    " =P i also read this on my trip, this time to austin. i'm a little biased just because of my music background, but this was funny just to read about schubert inhibiting someone else's body and having the musical juices flow out. me personally? i would love to get in the mind of either chopin or debussy. and that was not how the cover looked like with my book =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Niloofar | 2/12/2014

    " This is a very easy, fun read. I had the pleasure of having dinner with the author with my bookclub; she is very interesting. They are working on turning this book into a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Enid | 2/9/2014

    " Well, it's a very light read - but enjoyable and entertaining. I even learned a bit about Franz Schubert. "

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