Sleeping with Schubert

  • by Bonnie Marson
  • Narrated by Staci Snell
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Brooklyn lawyer Liza Derbin has a most unusual problem. Her mind and body have, at least in part, been taken over by the spirit of Franz Schubert, the long-dead Romantic composer. He doesn't like how things went after his "Unfinished Symphony" came out, and Liza is going to be his unwilling vessel. Much to Liza's consternation, her parents are overjoyed at her possession, and think that they have given birth to a veritable Jesus. A mentor from Juilliard, a determined therapist, and a mysterious elderly fan all want to help. Her vagabond boyfriend, back from Italy, is peeved to find this ghostly third person in their relationship. As the media closes in, Liza must fight to preserve her own identity, both from Franz and from those around her.

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What the Critics Say

"Marson is at her best in capturing the power of music to transform and (literally) inhabit performers and composers." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Suspension of Disbelief

I have to say that in spite of my bias against the paranormal in my fiction choices, I loved this book! Its unusual and groundbreaking premise is of immense appeal, and the novel is full of all the complex characters and situations of the music and entertainment world, as well as the logistical dilemmas of being inhabited by the spirit of a dead genius, and the sudden management nightmares of instant fame. The only downside (in my book) is the narrator, who makes the voice of Franz Schubert sound like a cranky old curmudgeon instead of a sensitive twenty-something musical phenom. She also somehow manages to give the talk show segments the quality of a badly acted puppet show ("Jill...Gordy...Jill...Gordy..." blah blah blah). And to top it off, she mispronounces Debussy and Pouilly Fuiss?! Ack! My ears! However, this did not dampen my enjoyment of this book and I heartily recommend it. Brava!
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- Pamela Harvey

Dull and boring

This book started out well, but then quickly fell apart. I did't care much for the reader, voice was weak and unconvincing.
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- Fred

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape