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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: Michele Santopietro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teri Jo Hanseen | 2/18/2014

    " I actually liked this book. Different concept, but I enjoyed the direction it went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/2/2014

    " If you are looking for a book with deep meaning this is not your book. This is what I like to call brain candy. Not a lot of substance, but pretty entertaining. Fiction and humor and it's best. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nik | 1/25/2014

    " This is a five star read for a simple reason, the title is deceiving. My mother in law gave it to me as a joke. Joke was on her when I replied, "it is an excellent read." What I liked most about it, was the finish. Simple plot that stuck well all the way through til the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 1/20/2014

    " =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 =) "

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