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Publisher's Summary

Thad Carhart never realized there was a gap in his life until he happened upon Desforges Pianos, a demure little shopfront in his Paris neighborhood that seemed to want to hide rather than advertise its wares. Like Alice in Wonderland, he found his attempts to gain entry rebuffed at every turn. An accidental introduction finally opened the door to the quartier's oddest hangout, where locals - from university professors to pipefitters - gather on Friday evenings to discuss music, love, and life over glasses of wine.

Luc, the atelier's master, proves an excellent guide to the history of this most gloriously impractical of instruments. A bewildering variety passes through his restorer's hands: delicate ancient pianofortes, one perhaps the onetime possession of Beethoven. Great hulking beasts of thunderous voice. And the modest piano "with the heart of a lion" that was to become Thad's own.

What emerges is a warm and intuitive portrait of the secret Paris - one closed to all but a knowing few. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is the perfect audiobook for music lovers or for anyone who longs to recapture a lost passion.

©2016 Thad Carhart (P)2016 Random House Audio

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lovely story about the joy of pianos

a story of a neighborhood in France with an inconspicuous piano shop. the story weaves us smoothly through the different types of pianos and their various qualities. he also hits on our relationship of playing and the music as well as understanding how they work. I highly recommend this book for its lovely storytelling .

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a few moments of pure soul

It's hidding a passion longing to come out in between it's lines. I wish it showed more of itself.

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A Joy

Warning: You'll want to practice your piano and then buy the best quality one you can. It was fun.