Past and present collide when an Alzheimer's patient's fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II-including a long lost secret love affair.
Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn't expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer's patient dubbed "the music man" or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man's mind.
Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn't know his own name - but he speaks Gus's language, spouting jazz terms like "cadence" and "riff." He's also obsessed with "his Bella," but nobody knows who she is.
When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip's first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?
Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before all the memories disappear?
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I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
about 1/2 way thru
I have really enjoyed the Gus Legarde books.The storylines are familiar and interesting.There's always something weird happening in his life.The author makes his characters real and people you'd want to know.The narrator,David Kudler did a fine job with each voice,making it a pleasure to listen to.
Possibly. I did enjoy the performance!
I guess it reminded me a little of The Notebook just because it was a great love story and involved Alzheimers. I hate to make that comparison because I'm probably one of the few people that really hated The Notebook and I truly loved this story.
I liked the scenes where he was getting his memory back.
I listened to it in the car, but often I did not want to get out once I reached my destination.
I really did love this story. There were a couple of holes in it for me regarding why they couldn't identify him, but I chose to allow my "willing suspension of disbelief" to take over. That's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
The main character, Gus. I would love to be friends with a guy like him. His compassion, love of family and just all round thoughtful and funny disposition make him highly memorable.
Everything!! This story kept my interest all the way through.
Gus' German brother in law was a tie with Gus.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review
This was a great listen! It was a perfect blend of story and narrator with a splash of "way to go humans!"
The story is only loosely a mystery. You spend most of your time getting to know some pretty special people. There are two story lines that intersect for a moment but are wholly sustainable on their own. The main character, Gus, is the thread and he weaves a wonderful first person story about his interaction with, and love for, the people in those two worlds.
There is an earlier story (or two) that is alluded to with this listen and that just succeeds in whetting your appetite to find those earlier titles. I'm on the hunt!!
I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!
How could you not enjoy listening to a book instead of just reading it. I can put on my headphones and go about my daily tasks while hearing a wonderful story about amazing people !
I don't want to "spoil" this book for others so I will just say that when Gus meets up with an older man who happens to love music as much as he does the story gets very interesting and you won't want to stop listening (or reading.)
I believe this was my first time to listen to David but he did an excellent job speaking as Gus. He was really amazing though with the voice of the older man Kip. I had no problem picturing this character in my mind's eye.
My reaction was mostly a happy one because this book is filled with happy moments. Gus and Kip become closer and closer and begin to search for more info on Kip's past. If I had been reading I can just picture myself flipping pages rapidly because I just couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next !! I always find myself trying to predict what Aaron is going to reveal but I am always surprised and excited when I find out really happens. Sometimes I had a sad reaction to some of the character's challenges that they face in their lives but Aaron always manages to ease my emotions by providing a level of balance to his stories. Most times the good times outweigh the sad moments--just like real life !!
Aaron has a way of always tying up the 'loose ends" of his stories so in every book I have been left with a feeling of complete peace and understanding of why things turn out the way they do. I am eager to move on to his next book and keep the momentum going !!
I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.
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