Devil's Trill - a mystery in sonata-allegro form - is the first-ever audiobook to integrate musical passages that provide clues to solving the mysteries!
Author Gerald Elias, a renowned concert violinist himself, performs the music. Blind, sharp-tongued violinist Daniel Jacobus, living in self-imposed exile in rural New England, is drawn into mysterious crimes in New York City. A stolen Stradivarius - a strangled teacher of child prodigies - Jacobus is not only the chief investigator of these misdeeds, he's the prime suspect! A police detective hot on his tail, Jacobus roams the bucolic Berkshires, hallowed Carnegie Hall, and tradition-bound Japan, searching for answers only he can see. With alluring student Yumi and jazz-loving Nathaniel at his side, Jacobus feels his way through self-doubt and darkness.
The shadowy spheres of classical music and steamy streets of the Big Apple give noir a new meaning in the first mystery novel in the gripping Daniel Jacobus series.
©2009, 2017 Gerald Elias (P)2017 Gerald Elias
This book provides a unique view of the classical music world, and it's an extra bonus to hear it read and played as an audiobook. Elias' writing is humorous and knowledgeable, and Frangione's voice captures it perfectly. The musical performance adds richness and depth to the story; you really feel like you're there.
The plot of the mystery is truly engaging and reveals to the listener the lesser known facets of familiar places. Who knew the concert hall had such a dark and shadowy side?
Even having read the original, the audiobook was a whole new experience. Definitely worth a listen, whether or not you've read the paper version of Devil's Trill.
Certainly! Jim Frangione's reading and Gerald Elias' music combine for a magical experience.
When the author's violin enters- the whole story comes alive with the magnificent music.
Certainly and I did- from house to car!
It's a great mystery in itself but how unique it is to have the music that is part of the story and to have it played by the author. I love all the Jacobus books and hope this is just the first of the audio versions.
Spent my childhood flipping endless audiobook cassettes in my boombox, now an avid listener and audiobook narrator working my dream job!
An experience is truly the only way to describe this WONDERFUL audiobook!
I've never heard anything like it- gorgeous violin music is intertwined in this thrilling mystery novel as an essential component of the story-telling. The music informs the story and is expertly played by the talented author- Gerald Elias.
The story itself, is mesmerizing and I can't wait for the next audiobook in the series!
Jim Frangione is the cream of the crop when it comes to narrators and his voice suits the story perfectly.
This is an experience not to be missed! I've loved all of the Alison Larkin Presents classics, but this is something truly new and wonderful! More please:)
Both the author and narrator were new to me. I loved this mystery book and found the story totally original. The premise of the book being centered around a smaller classical instrument is thought provoking. As I am maturing I find that I am gaining music appreciation of the classical music genre. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and /or publisher. My only wish would have been to have more music incorporated into the audiobook. I did play the Devils Trill sonata to get vibe for the book.
I received a free copy of this audiobook. I've listened to the entire story, and (except for a few measures at the very end) there was NO music. This was disappointing, especially since other reviewers have mentioned how much the music adds to the experience. The verbal descriptions of the difference in playing styles and tones of various instruments is downright poetic, but it really would have helped if I could have **heard** the differences. Color me disappointed.
As for the spoken content of the book, it's a dual mystery--both a stolen violin and a murder. The "investigator" is a blind teacher who has his own passionate feelings about the missing violin and its use by a committee that sponsors a contest for young violinists. He is definitely not an objective observer, and his opinions about the music business, the pressures put on young artists, and the effects of contests and criticism on the future careers of these young people colors the work.
The pace of the mystery is sometimes slow, but not unduly so. The killer was a surprise. The narrator did an excellent job.
I'm not sure why but my version of the book doesn't have the music in it. Even the violin music that is played in the audio sample is not in my book. Which is a disappointment. This is not a book that I was drawn to immediately by the cover. The description is what caught my attention. I was intrigued to listen to a story accompanied by classical music. Even though in my audio is missing the music for some reason I still enjoyed the story.
Even without the music this was a creative, very entertaining and interesting mystery/thriller. This is not just a classical music lovers mystery. This is for anyone who likes a well told story with a great narrator. The story pulls you in from the start with a complex and twisting story-line keeps you guessing. This is not your average easy to figure out in the first few chapters mystery.
Not being a regular listener of classical music this was a new area for me. I enjoy audiobooks the most when I learn something new. Who knew the world of classical music could be so intense and competitive.
Jim Frangione did a fantastic job with the narration. Great voice. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Great character voices as well as accents. His voice draws you in with a kind of hypnotic cadence. He was the perfect narrator for this story. He has always been one of my favorite narrators.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
I am far from a performing arts kind of guy. I've harbored no interest in the underpinnings of big business that makes the music world go around. I cant relate to a desire to put an intensity of emotion into the simple vibration of a string or to mortgage my house in order to posses an old well used musical instrument. Well at least I wasn't, haven't, couldn't, and wouldn't before being transported into this world by the author and given an intimate look into the lives of those who are fundamentally consumed with these things.
The mystery builds and the clues take shape. As the listener you are along for the ride in this one! This is really a fantastic story. Better than most in my opinion. I enjoyed the diversity of characters and the cultures that so evidently shaped them. The main character is raw, gruff and angry, but he still won my support and I cheered him on. The beginning of the story with it's tale of the celebrated violin and the piece of music it played was captivating and I could see the scenes vividly play out in my minds eye. I was hooked in a very good way. It was wonderful from beginning to end so far as I am concerned.
I'm still not musical, so the book didn't produce any miracles in the at regard. But, I can appreciate a whole new world that keeps the fine arts moving and making money, and I can imagine and feel the emotion and passion a great artist can pour into his masterful performance. I can even now look at some old well used musical instrument and wonder at the lives and hopes and dreams it has served in it's past.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, and i'm glad I was. I never would have chosen to add Devil's Trill to my Audible library and would have missed out on the whole experience. I would recommend this story to anyone. If you get it and feel differently about it than I have expressed, please leave a comment below mine. I'm would be interested to hear if your experience of Devils Trill was similar to mine.
Jacobus because he is forthright and witty and believable.
The violin shop with Jacobus, Yumie, and Goldbloom.
Jacobus's mini lesson with Cameron Vander.
As a blind, amateur violinist myself, I fully enjoyed Devil’s Trill when it was first published. I scanned it with OCR software and liked it so much that I scanned the next three books in the series and purchased the fifth one. In the audio version, violin excerpts performed expertly by the author are interspersed in relevant passages and provide an added bonus to the text.
Daniel Jacobus, protagonist, rails against corruption in the music business including youth competitions, music critics, violin dealers and more. The story has intrigue and many good laughs -- even amidst grand theft and a murder, which Jacobus must solve because he is a suspect. Elias’s dialogue is clever, especially to the transplanted New Yorker in me.
As a violin pedagogue, Jacobus has moral and musical depth. He makes sure we know the difference between musical artistry and technical dexterity. This is meaningful to me and is likely instructive to readers irrespective of their connection to classical music.
Jim Frangione’s masterful narration showcases his vocal facility. Through his many voices and dialects, he gives the characters life. He really captures Jacobus, at once sardonic and very likeable. Like the book, this production is hard to put down. I hope Audible will produce the other books in the series.
I've rarely met an audio book I didnt like. I love rom-com, cozy murder mystery, and self-help.
This had a slow start but I made it all the way through. The narration was pleasant and Jim Frangione did a great job. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Ar first I thought this book might be a bit of a slog. However, it didn't take me long to realize how wrong I was. It takes time to develop character and Gerald Elias does a fine job developing his. As the cast of characters slowly evolve, we begin to see how well drawn they are and to what interesting people we are being introduced. He does it both through dialogue and exposition and Jim Frangione, the narrator, is brilliant in carrying the day on both. He has in his repertoire the many accents and voices required and puts them to good use in The Devil's Trill.
What's more, there is much to be learned here. It is clear that the author is passionate about music and that passion permeates the book. I replayed certain sections over and over again, just because they were so pleasurable to hear. And, as I said, there is much to be learned and much I wanted to batten down in my memory. The anatomy of the violin, as rendered by our hero, Daniel Jacobus, is particularly wonderful. The book is a bit of a travelogue, as well, but I won't spoil the fun by telling you to where we are borne.
The plot has many turns and keeps one guessing, and guessing yet again. Smarter people than I, may deduce the denouement but to me it was an utter surprise.
I couldn't bear to part with it and listened to it a second time in its entirety. The repeat was even better than the first time round. Obviously, I highly recommend this book.
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