Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost

Narrated by: Douglas Berger
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.5 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fitz Gaffney finally has some breathing room. His mother's out of town, his piano coaches have backed off, and he's spending his time in a music conservatory where he only has to be adequate for an entire year before all his responsibilities come crashing back in again. Along with his new free time comes the realization that he's lonely, but his first attempt to make new friends goes horribly awry.

Fitz's new - but possibly imaginary - friends, Evan and Serge, want to help him find happiness. His used-to-be-step-brother Ari Scheffield wants to help him gain confidence and a little much-needed cool. His housekeeper Marguerite wants to keep fowl in the back yard for butchering because duck confit is expensive and she has pillows to re-stuff. And his possible new boyfriend Garrett wants to prove he didn't mean for their first date to end with Fitz lying unconscious in a dumpster.

All Fitz wants is someone to care about him, but suddenly there seems to be a glut. How's a shy guy to know what's real when he's confronted by crazy ghosts, a less-than-truthful boyfriend, and relatives with hidden motives in Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost.

©2011 Z. A. Maxfield (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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great story

I had a hard getting into this book at first so I switched from reading it to listening to it and I became enthralled. I love how the chapter titles give a little foreshadowing but are also quite humorous. Fitz starts off as a gullible, naïve, absent minded piano prodigy. He’s used to being in the background but then something miraculous happens…he’s approached by a guy, and not any guy, an extremely attractive guy. Throughout the story we have to wonder at Garrett’s motives and while its never really said outright what his plans are they become pretty obvious to everyone except Fitz. After a disastrous date, Fitz finds himself being taken care of by Julian and Serge, two dapper men who rescue him from a garbage bin. Eventually Fitz realized that they are ghosts. We also get introduced to Ari, who comes to Fitz’s rescue. Ari, who is Fitz’s older ex-stepbrother, is a handsome, sophisticated ex-boyband member. I really enjoyed Fitz’s journey from blinding lust with Garrett, to discovering what true love is with Ari. The ghost’s Serge and Julian are a great comic relief but their backstory is absolutely heartbreaking. There are a few sexy scenes and the last few chapters have a good bit of action. This is a very well romance with a paranormal aspect. The narrator, Douglas Berger is a complete unknown to me, but overall he did a good job with this book. He had distinctive accents for the ghost’s, but at times Fitz, Garret and Ari all sound the same and towards the end when Ari is saying sexy dialog he slips into some blend of Julian and Serge. It was confusing because I thought it was the ghosts talking. I had to go back to the book and read the section to clear it up. He has a good voice and kept the flow of the story moving so I will most likely get another book narrated by him in the future.

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Almost Perfect

The narrator was good, but might have benefited from closer listening by an editor, as his characters sometimes bled into one another. The romance was satisfying, but I had a hard time with Fitz's character. It's usually a female lead that is so steadfastly TSTL, making all the wrong choices and disregarding all attempts to point out the wiser course of action, but Fitz just kept blundering on. And that is why this wonderful story got 4 stars instead of 5. Listen to it or read the book, it's worth the time invested.

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Story was too tedious, I skipped to the end.

I couldn't go on after listening 1/3 into the story and ended up skipping to the last 2 chapters. I just couldn't stomach Garrett and Fitz being tstl. The narration was fine, though.

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👍🏻

This author has quickly become one of my favorites. Their story telling is fun and enticing and has grown over the years from story to story. This particular one frustrated me more than I was expecting but I’d definitely still recommend it for anyone looking for a unique read.

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A really unusual story!

A story of a young guy who is discovering himself as a person, friend, lover...with a help of a couple of ghosts :)

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A lovely ghost story.

The characters were amazing. The story line was well thought out and flowed. I loved every minute of it. I almost cried when Julian told his and Serges"story. Kathy Banks

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A Romp

This is one Z. A. Maxfield’s best books. It’s fun, passionate, and full of surprises. I enjoyed every minute and all the adventures the characters get up to!

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Sweet with drama; drugs warning

There is drinking and drugs in this in case that is an issue for you. It is primarily the “bad” guy. The narrator every once in awhile for one particular character like a young Wil Wheaton. All is done well, even the accented characters. I’d listen to him again. The story had sweet elements, danger, stupidity, growth. I liked it a lot.

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An enjoyable listen.

Really liked the characters and the story was fun and held my interest! The narrator was pleasing to listen to as well. Wouldn't mind revisiting this world.

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So much to love about this book!

This book for the most part was so enjoyable. Ari and Fitz are great MCs, and even though Fitz is naive and gullible, there are reasons for it, and you are just so happy to see how he overcomes disappointment after disappointment. Ari is there to support him, as are Serge and Julian, his supernatural rescuers. Serge and Julian are utterly charming, and provided times when I laughed out loud, and a couple when I had tears in my eyes. The only part I didn’t love were the parts with Garrett. There was just too much with him in the middle. I think part of it was due to his utter transparent shallowness. I was tempted to skip through the middle section of the book, as another reviewer actually did, but I hung in there, and looking back, I’m glad I did. He ends up playing a pivotal role in the outstanding conclusion and HEA. And after reading this a second time, I’ve revised my review to full 5’s. I still could have used a bit less Garrett, but overall he makes the ending that much sweeter. Douglas Berger did an outstanding job narrating. Each character was brought to life beautifully.

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WOW! What an unexpected gem of a book!

I loved this audiobook and didn't want it to end.
If you are a lover of music and dance this will delight you.
There was so much love and romance between the couples that the ending left me with a wide, tearful grin. The narration for this books was just perfectly pitched and the narrator had a whole heap of accents from American to RP and French.
I really fell in love with Julian and Serge, and when their story was revealed it was so tragic.
MC Fitz and his step brother / Mr. Perfect, Ari were just a delight.
The writing was just great, and the sex scenes, beautifully descriptive.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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