From neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreaking exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.
An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.
Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce - his divorce.
He knows his left arm will go next.
Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn't moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.
When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late.
Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.
What I feared might happen has definitely happened. Lisa Genova is showing more of her 'neuroscientist' personality in her books, which should be a balance of rich, complex characters as well as neuroscience.
I loved 'Still Alice.' I adored 'Left Neglected.' The O'Brien's are a family I won't soon forget. However, 'Every Note Played' falls flat. (Pardon the pun).
Usually we see the 'beginning' of the rare disease Genova writes about. Her characters have symptoms and then get diagnosed. In 'Every Note Played' we are immediately notified that the main character, Richard, has ALS. We are then told his story and the story of his ex wife.
The description of ALS is so personal and effective. The way Genova describes the ongoing ruin of Richard's body makes the reader (listener) cringe. The picture is clear, and Richard's pain and suffering are so real. Obviously, as always, Genova has done meticulous and immaculate research on the progression of the disease. (All of her books are focused on some kind of disease or disorder).
The problem is, the characters are completely unlikable. I wanted to stop listening several times because, quite frankly, I hate all three major characters- especially the one with ALS. Genova has disassociated the fiction with the facts, and the book comes off only as an in depth description of what happens during the frightening and terrifying stages of ALS.
I was hoping for more, but I respect Genova's writing and research abilities. Bring back characters like Alice and the O'Brien family Lisa!
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I did not like this book. I adored it. Yes, the subject matter of ALS is devastatingly sad but it is one of those subjects that is either swept under the rug or spoken of in hushed tones. In ‘Every Note Played’ it is approached without frills and very much in your face. It is raw yet poignant.
It is a story of great loss. Loss of a god given gift ripped away by a heartless disease. Loss of love stolen by pride. Then remorse followed by a kind of peace that touches your soul.
Lisa Genova has,as ever, done her research and is medically accurate. This is a superb book as time flies when you are listening to it. The narrators gave brilliant performances.
Five stars all the way.
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Absolutely beautiful story, I could not stop listening to it...felt so real, felt so connected to everyone in it... i started bawling at work as i was listening to it on my headphones, i had to pause it and walk out side and calm down for a moment...she's such a gifted writer... I read everything she's wrote so far, and hope the next one is sooner rather than later... I highly recommend this book, and all her books.
Vivid writing transports and educates. The biggest challenge I had with the book was disliking Richard so much. Nonetheless, the story felt real, the details of the disease, horrifying.
Would you listen to Every Note Played again? Why?
I would, but not immediately. This book was well written. The characters were well fleshed out.
What other book might you compare Every Note Played to and why?
I would compare it to "Inside the O'Briens". Both are about characters who have terminal, Neuro-degenerative diseases. Although, I liked Joe O'Brien better from the beginning, I ended up liking Richard Evans as the story unfolded. Richard developed into a likable character.
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked the scene best in which his daughter decided to sleep beside him when he fell in the kitchen. I don't want ot give any more of a spoiler.
If you could rename Every Note Played, what would you call it?
I would re-title this book, "The Final Symphony".
Any additional comments?
This book was about the ravages of ALS, but it was also about the importance of forgiveness and how it frees the human soul and allows the person to live again..
After waiting anxiously for another release I was so excited when this one come out. Hit close to home but was an excellent portrayal of such a dreaded illness. We need to find a cure now!
Lisa Genova has once again written a book about a terrible disease and given a thorough understand of what day-to-day life would be with ALS. Her comparisons of the continually increasing horrors of ALS to other ordinary details of daily existence kept this book from being maudlin.
Sad, but definitely worth a read, especially if you want to learn about ALS. Highly recommended audio book.
Powerful and sensitive story well-written. Male reader excellent. Female reader style greatly diminished the listening experience. Her voice descended into whispers way too frequently making it difficult to hear... especially while driving. The power of the story was lost in those whispers. Quite unfortunate.
A well written and emotional book. Life isn't easy ALS is one of the worst diseases I know. Volunteering in Hospice I became aware of the horror of this disease. With the help of this book, I have learned so much more.