• The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

  • Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
  • By: Thad Carhart
  • Narrated by: Dan Cashman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Music
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)
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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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Some France, a Lot of Piano

Engaging for one who plays the piano. The book takes you into the world of Paris, but far more deeply into the world of the piano (its workings, its history, the relative value of different manufacturers and periods)...

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For the lovers of instruments and music

This book will touch all who loves music and instruments.
The story of an American being accepted into the private society of the piano shop. Easy fun reading.

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Good for a short attention span

This book is included in James Mustich's book, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (A Life-Changing List), and I'm working slowly through that. It was an easy listen. There really isn't much of a plot; it's a sort of ode to the piano that can be picked up and put down at will. It's so much that way that I sent it to my mother, who has dementia and finds reading difficult. I'm a fan of the piano and am glad I listened. I learned a lot. I will agree with another reviewer, however, that the narrator's pronounciation of French is terrible. I also found it odd that the French phrases were only sometimes translated to English. For someone who doesn't have at least a minimal hold on French, it may be irritating. I would recommend this for anyone who loves the piano, music in general, or Paris. Or if you just want to hear the words of someone really passionate about something.

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Great Story

I read this book shortly after it came out and enjoyed it then. But listening to it was so much fun. I had forgotten many of the side stories that went on. What was really enjoyable for me is to hear the wonderful descriptions of all the pianos that came into the shop.

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great story marred by awful mispronounced French

couldn't somebody have at least coached the reader? Brazzerie? Sorbon? distracting and unfair to author.

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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.