The White Piano

Still Life with Memories, Book 2
Narrated by: David Kudler
Series: Still Life with Memories, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret which is now revealed to him: His mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to early-onset Alzheimer's, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried, and his new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha - only much younger. In this state of being isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react when it is so tempting to resort to blame and guilt? "In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive - but so seldom do you give it to others."

Behind his father's back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him. These tapes, with his eloquent speech and her slang, reveal the story from two opposite viewpoints.

What emerges in this family is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.

©2015 Uvi Poznanky (P)2015 Uvi Poznansky

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Loved it

Loved it, awesome audio delivery, amazing character change in voice delivery, kept my attention all the way to the end

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Great follow up to the first book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. So, I think this was a great follow up to book 1. As with the first book, you still get the same sort of feels from the human condition story of this disfunctional family. This time, though, it is very interesting to see things from a different perspective this time. You learn new things on some situations you heard about in book 1. I found myself examining my opinion of things in book 1 with the new information from this book. A book that makes you think, are worth trying, if you ask me.

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Love, and Loss and Family

For fans of the series, this is actually the chronological last story in the series, told from the point of view of Ben, Lenny and Natasha's son. Like all of the stories in the series, The White Piano is lovingly and sensitively told, sometimes painful to read, as the details of a troubled family often are and completely captivating. Each of the characters - Ben, Anita, Natasha and Lenny - are deeply flawed and broken whether through illness, upbringing or disillusionment, but they all love fiercely and, in the end, that love sees them through to the tragic, but ultimately inevitable completion of Natasha and Lenny's romance. I can't say this is my favourite of the five stories. In fact, it's much too sad for that, but it is still beautiful, like the white piano that acts as it's centre piece; neglected and unplayed at the end but still capable of beautiful things. If you haven't read Still Life with Memories, do it now, but leave this book till last. It's the perfect end, all the more so when you've experienced the joy and magic of Lenny and Natasha's love in it's younger, purer form.

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Strong Second Volume in this Amazing Series!

Story/Attention Holding Still Life with Memories, Book 2 by Uvi Poznansky narrated by David Kudler this is an amazing second edition into the author’s series. I was just amazed by the change in perspective the author used when writing the story from Ben’s point of view. The way 2 people see the event differently is so startling. The background on the life of the family as well filled in so many wholes I did not realize had existed. The lies Lenny tells Ben about his mother and his reasoning for them. Anita and Lenny’s relationship, the deeper meaning of it, and the symbolism throughout the story all make this such a great story. This holds the listener's attention. The story may not be for everyone this is definitely a genre story for fans for women’s fiction and literary fiction. If you have an open mind and are willing to expand your listening palate try Ms. Pozansky’s series. It is a deep and compelling literary treat. And this is coming from a guy whose normal listening fare is post-apocalyptic fiction, horror, and mystery. Narration/ProductionValue The narration for the audiobook was provided by David Kudler. This is the first time that I have heard an audio performance by Mr. Kudler. He did an excellent job with this varied cast of established characters. He does an excellent job of matching voices to the characters and making them his own. The production value of this audiobook is excellent it has wonderful crispness and clarity through the entire production. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good.

Dysfunctional family, yet drawn to the unity of a family, a mother who was also a great piano player. The author brought the emotion and the characters to life with their thoughts over the years. The audio was enjoyable and to the story by David. Given audio foor my voluntary review

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It wasn't for me...

I haven't read book one in this series and I'm not sure how much impact that had on my experience with this book. By the time I reached half way I was desperate for it to end. I didn't connect with the characters and overall I found it boring. There was nothing wrong with it, the book is well written, I just didn't like it. The narration is well done, the character voices are distinct and recognizable and the delivery was good. I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review. If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below.