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Sleeping with Schubert | [Bonnie Marson]

Sleeping with Schubert

Brooklyn lawyer Liza Derbin has a most unusual problem. Her mind and body have, at least in part, been taken over by the spirit of Franz Schubert, the long-dead Romantic composer. He doesn't like how things went after his "Unfinished Symphony" came out, and Liza is going to be his unwilling vessel. Much to Liza's consternation, her parents are overjoyed at her possession, and think that they have given birth to a veritable Jesus.
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Brooklyn lawyer Liza Derbin has a most unusual problem. Her mind and body have, at least in part, been taken over by the spirit of Franz Schubert, the long-dead Romantic composer. He doesn't like how things went after his "Unfinished Symphony" came out, and Liza is going to be his unwilling vessel. Much to Liza's consternation, her parents are overjoyed at her possession, and think that they have given birth to a veritable Jesus. A mentor from Juilliard, a determined therapist, and a mysterious elderly fan all want to help. Her vagabond boyfriend, back from Italy, is peeved to find this ghostly third person in their relationship. As the media closes in, Liza must fight to preserve her own identity, both from Franz and from those around her.

©2004 Bonnie Marson; (P)2004 Books on Tape

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"Marson is at her best in capturing the power of music to transform and (literally) inhabit performers and composers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 07-03-04
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    "Suspension of Disbelief"

    I have to say that in spite of my bias against the paranormal in my fiction choices, I loved this book! Its unusual and groundbreaking premise is of immense appeal, and the novel is full of all the complex characters and situations of the music and entertainment world, as well as the logistical dilemmas of being inhabited by the spirit of a dead genius, and the sudden management nightmares of instant fame. The only downside (in my book) is the narrator, who makes the voice of Franz Schubert sound like a cranky old curmudgeon instead of a sensitive twenty-something musical phenom. She also somehow manages to give the talk show segments the quality of a badly acted puppet show ("Jill...Gordy...Jill...Gordy..." blah blah blah). And to top it off, she mispronounces Debussy and Pouilly Fuiss?! Ack! My ears! However, this did not dampen my enjoyment of this book and I heartily recommend it. Brava!

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    Fred Cranford, NJ, USA 01-07-05
    Fred Cranford, NJ, USA 01-07-05
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    "Dull and boring"

    This book started out well, but then quickly fell apart. I did't care much for the reader, voice was weak and unconvincing.

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    Deborah Plattsburgh, NY, United States 07-22-04
    Deborah Plattsburgh, NY, United States 07-22-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Music to my ears?"

    I found the plot of this book interesting for the most part. I know very little about Schubert or the life of a concert pianist, and it got me interested enough to listen to some of his music. However, the narrator's voice is irritating as she sounds half asleep most of the time. There is also one scene that prevents me from recommending the book to family or friends. It was all right, but I won't listen to it again.

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    "Captivating"

    This book kept me listening into the wee small hours... It is so convincing that you end up sharing everything with Lisa... and being haunted by Schubert yourself... right to the end.
    Do not miss this one!!!

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