• The Soloist

  • A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
  • By: Steve Lopez
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (738 ratings)

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The Soloist

By: Steve Lopez
Narrated by: William Hughes
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Publisher's summary

When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

©2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"With self-effacing humor, fast-paced yet elegant prose and unsparing honesty, Lopez tells an inspiring story of heartbreak and hope." ( Publishers Weekly)

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