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Unstrung

Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
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Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivia's. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband - baseball legend Sam Nash.

Years ago, Olivia fell in love with Sam. Their impulsive marriage imploded with a fateful car crash and harsh parting words. Olivia never expected to see him again. But now Sam is back, and he wants her forgiveness. He also wants to recapture their volatile love affair. Olivia is torn between rekindling romance and saving her marriage. To her surprise, it's the presence of the young music teacher - and the lessons from a reckless past - that may bring harmony to Olivia's off-key life.

©2017 Laura Spinella (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Liz
  • 12-07-18

Fascinating and real!

Laura Spinella weaves such complex characters into her completely unexpected story lines! In the beginning of this book I wasn't sure if this was going to have any substance at all, but as all the strings began to unwind the book became a work of art in plotting the complex lives of its protagonist and the people close to her.

The author goes into such detail that draws you into each life. Not one of her characters is perfect. The happy ending isn't perfect either, but it still makes your heart glad. I miss the people in this book!

The narration is perfect. Each character sounds real and is easily recognized.

This is the 4th book I've read by Laura Spinella,. having read the Ghost Gifts trilogy first. I miss those characters too. Ms. Spinella always makes me want more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-10-17

Great Author

Loved the book with its twist and the narrator. I look for this narrator again.

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  • Joanne Tailele
  • 02-07-17

Great story lots of twists

I loved this book. Olivia was so multi-dimensional. A complicated girl for sure. Wonderful writing and voice as well. Easily 5 stars

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  • Nita
  • 25-03-17

love this narration!

Love how this book twisted my heart, how the characters drew me in! Music bravo!

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  • A.M.
  • 17-03-17

Spinella keeps me coming back for more!

I listened to Unstrung on the Audible version. The story and narrator were excellent, and both kept me thoroughly entertained. The main character and plot went in unexpected directions, and it was the kind of story that stays with you after it’s ended, thinking about the complexities and various twists. I’ve listened to Miss Spinella’s other books and each one is different from the last, although always a great story that will keep me coming back for more.

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  • lsmdtb5
  • 25-04-19

Wonderful story

What a great book!!! I listened to it on a long drive to NY and back. I thoroughly enjoyed the audible as well as the story line.
Lovely characters and very intense, but sweet story. Laura Spinella made me feel all that the main characters were going through. Very well written. I will be recommending this to friends.

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  • T. Groth
  • 01-03-19

Wonderful listen to a compelling story

The complex characters unfolded masterfully with even a few surprises I hadn’t predicted. Even those that overheard portions of this intense story while I listened to it admitted to being both intrigued and entertained.

In some ways it’s a complex coming of age story for many characters in this complex family drama. The characters are primarily lovable even when they make important life mistakes, and I found myself caring deeply as the story came to a tidy conclusion even without a completely fairy tale ending.

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  • Alexis
  • 23-02-18

Interesting Contemporary

Not my usual read but well done. I found it hard to care for the characters in the beginning but stuck with the novel and was pleasantly surprised in the end.

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  • Kerry Harland
  • 24-01-18

Laura Spinella's Always A Great Read (or Listen!)

Would you listen to Unstrung again? Why?

I'd listen to any of Laura Spinella's books again. Her characters are always three dimensional; story line's more than believable and guaranteed to make you cry!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Because I feel she's most like me, Olivia, the main character of the story, was my favorite character.

What about Rachel Fulginiti’s performance did you like?

Rachel Fulginiti's performance as the narrator of the story, is good as she's pretty good at giving each of the many characters their own personality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The surprise ending of the story brought me to tears.