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The Music Shop Audiobook

The Music Shop

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the worldwide best seller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all....

It's 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk - as long as it's vinyl, he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.

Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman, with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen and a past he will never leave behind....

©2017 Rachel Joyce (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    mollyeyre 09/08/2017
    mollyeyre 09/08/2017
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    "lovely story"

    Lovely characters, I am a fan of Rachel Joyce's other books (Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy) This is another soft and sweet book about lovely characters. My only problem is that i could give the main character, Frank, a sharp smack on occasions for being so soft, but it really is a sweet novel and I have enjoyed reading it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Redford 26/07/2017
    Rachel Redford 26/07/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Love me tender!"


    Like Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which I loved, The Music Shop has the ingredients for a quirky, tender love story filled with the sort of people whom nobody really notices in real life but who Joyce fills with achingly human longings for tenderness - that feeling Joyce describes as though someone has put a cosy coat around you and done the buttons up.

    It’s the 1980s Frank runs a vinyl record shop; he shuns CDs and sells only vinyl 'black as liquorice and twice as shiny'. He prescribes music from Punk to Berlioz, Aretha Franklin to Beethoven, to all the damaged, hurt people who come to his shop and makes them better. But he can't be kind to himself or allow himself to love because of the crippling emotional damage done to him by his dreadful mother. One day Ilse Brauchmann appears outside his shop, an intriguing stranger in a pea-green coat - and Frank’s life is never the same again.

    We can see that Ilse falls in love with Frank and although she is clearly what Frank always wanted, he can allow himself to talk to her only about music - music which is what he lives for and also what he hides behind. The story is about how these two lonely, sad people (and others – there are lots of characters) finally ..... but I won't spoil it. The delightfully uplifting story is beautifully told and doesn't go the way you think it will, but keeps twisting and turning. It's not just about the power of music, but also about changing times (there’s a 20-year gap in the story), the power of human love and kindness in a community, and how the most apparently ordinary and unfavoured people can triumph.

    I was rather disappointed to start with –(a bit too sweet) - but the whole story gathered pace, grit and depth as it went on. Part parable, it combines, wit, whimsy and shrewdness and leaves you feeling as though your buttons have been securely done up!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom 21/07/2017
    Eleanor Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom 21/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "A delightful and compassionate story"

    A thoroughly engrossing tale of a mixed bag of everyday characters brought alive in simple but observant and telling detail. Listening made me join in with despairing or encouraging comments!

    The healing power of music is a major part of the story beautifully described. An accompanying recording would be a bonus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Aberdeenshire 25/08/2017
    Lee Aberdeenshire 25/08/2017 Member Since 2017

    Audiobooks come with me everywhere.

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    "Incredibly slow and sad to say boring"

    Oh how I loved Harold and Queenie and I had The Music Shop on my wish list till it came out on audible but I'm sorry I'm disappointed :( as I so wanted to be pulled along and lost within the authors beautiful narrative that is so evident in previous novels. But I had to give up after 3 hrs.

    Yes as others have described it, it is a love story and yes there are characters within who's stories need to be told but I just couldn't listen any more I just didn't care. I found the whole premis boring and I know I shouldn't as Rachel Joyce is a wonderful author. I've read about Queenie 3 times now and she is within my top 5 audible listens while Harold is marginally behind.

    I know I will be in the minority with this review and perhaps 3 hours isn't enough time to get in to the book but for now I will pop Frank and his rag tag group of friends back on my audible book shelf perhaps to visit again in the future.

    Steven Hartley did a wonderful job trying to bring Frank and cronies to life but as stated too slow for me :(

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    Abbie 18/09/2017
    Abbie 18/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "emotional"

    loved it from the first few minutes. beautiful characters, emotional plot lines and music. what more could you want?

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    Joanna Sandton, South Africa 03/09/2017
    Joanna Sandton, South Africa 03/09/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Consistently lovely"

    This author has written three of my favourite books, and the listen has been moving and pleasurable in each case.

    In this one, which is brilliantly narrated, I have googled and listened to the music too! with much enjoyment. I think there is a movie here, which I would love to see.

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    Eveleen M Horan 02/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant book"

    I throughly enjoyed this feel good book that twists and turns unexpectedly keeping one engaged throughout.

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    "Delightful....so different."

    Just a really beautifully worked story. Really difficult to describe how it works so well. I loved the characters and their relationships with each other. Somehow the characters lift each other's lives and magic happens. I made sure to sit down and really listen to the last hour without distractions. Didn't want it to end!

    Made me remember the connection with a vinyl album, for all the drawbacks of the black disks there is something special about them. Collectors refused to give up on vinyl and now they are being released again and reaching a new generation....Nostalgia wins!

    Great narration from Steven Hartley too, a really warm voice for all the characters of Unity Street. Enjoy!

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    Colette 05/08/2017
    Colette 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A must for music lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book! As a lover of music across the genres, it really spoke to me. Great characters. I enjoyed this author's other two books, but this was my favourite.


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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