Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

Every Note Played

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each n...

Details Every Note Played

TitleEvery Note Played
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Every Note Played

  • Emily May
    His neurons are dying, and the muscles they feed are literally starving for input. Every twitch is a muscle stammering, gasping, begging to be saved. They can't be saved. I don't know what it is that makes these, um... medical dramas(?) of Genova's so damn compelling. Some writers just seem to have that certain way with words that draws you into the story and the characters' lives. It doesn't matter that her books aren't action-packed; they are p...
  • Diane S ☔
    Once again Genova takes us deep into the world of a debilitating illness, and it's effects on the person and their family. Richard was a man who was considered a success, a world renowned pianist, he has played all over the world, with many different symphonies, in many different venues. Piano has been his life since he was a young child, much to his father's dismay, and he has lost much in the quest for his career. Divorced from his wife Karina,...
  • Elyse
    Any reader or movie goer by now has at least heard of “Still Alice”, about Alzheimer’s and dementia by Lisa Genova, which was first published in in 2009. I read that book back in 2009...before the entire world had started raving about it — which they should rightfully so - for being one of the best books they had ever read about the disease —hearing specifically from the person who ‘has’ the disease. I had bought the book myself man...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley, Simon& Shuster Canada, Lisa Genova, and all those who shared thier personal ALS journey in the makings of this book. First, I have to stop crying. This is perhaps the most powerful book Lisa Genova has written since Still Alice. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis( ALS ) is the medical storyline brought to the surface in this contemporary family drama. Richard and Karin are the divorced couple that reluctantly find it becoming part...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 sad sad starsPerhaps you have heard of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease commonly referred to as ALS. To receive a diagnosis of this disease is a death sentence coming in the form of the destruction of your neurons that control all your voluntary muscles. These nerve cells affected are located in you spinal cord and your brain ultimately leaving one trapped in a body that doesn't work, doesn't move, doesn't function, while y...
  • Lisa
    Every Note PlayedLisa GenovaMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐PUBLISHER Gallery/Scout PressPUBLISHED March 20, 2018An emotional profound chronicle of the terrifying effects of ALS disease and the opportunity for redemption it brought to one family. SUMMARYRichard Evans loves the attention and applause when he plays. He’s an accomplished classical concert pianist and has played in the most famous concert halls all over the world. His fingers are finely c...
  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my rating.DNF at 57% – 2/5I’m starting off with this: It’s not a bad book. I’m sure I would have given it two stars if I read it to the end. But, it was just a not for me book.The focus was on a divorced couple. The wife, Karina, is a natural caretaker. The husband, Richard, is a world-...
  • Lynn
    As I read the last page of this book, I am emotionally drained. Lisa Genova has drawn deeply me into the lives of an exceptionally talented pianist, who now has ALS, and his family, his caregivers, his physicians, Home Health workers. Day by day, like a dripping faucet or a ticking clock, this disease agonizingly takes away one muscle after another: fingers, toes, legs, arms, neck. One hand seizes up while the other hangs limp at his side. Richar...
  • Nancy
    Mother winner by Lisa Genova. From the outset, the book is about ALS but it’s also about forgiving, living, and grieving before death. Very well written, as usual.
  • Marilyn
    I must begin by thanking NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this wonderful book by Lisa Genova.I have read and enjoyed and learned from “Still Alice”, “Anthony” and “Left Neglected”. When I learned that this author had a new book coming out, I knew I just had to read it. However, I was also not sure I wanted to read it because of the subject matter, ALS. My wonderful brother was a victim of this horren...
  • Amy Neftzger
    Richard, a world famous pianist is diagnosed with a career ending disease. We witness the rapid decline of a once confident artist into someone who depends upon others for even the smallest things. Loss is a powerful agent of change, and Richard's loss changes him as well as the people around him. Priorities and values shift with perspective, and knowing the ending doesn't make it any easier to witness. Beautifully written - This was one of the r...
  • Jamie
    What an emotional story, wow (she says as she’s still drying tears and cleaning up the tissues...)Diving into any Lisa Genova novel is always going to lead you on a heart wrenching journey that is worth the rollercoaster of emotions your feelings will go through. One thing that set Every Note Played aside from other Genova novels is that this novel begins with the character knowing their diagnosis from the beginning, whereas in many of her othe...
  • Marika
    Once again author Lisa Genova delves into the medical fiction arena. Richard, a world renowned classical pianist, is devastated when he is diagnosed with ALS. His beloved piano is no longer his friend, but a painful reminder of what he can no longer do. Richard has always been an obnoxious, haughty man who has managed to alienate his family, including his now ex-wife and daughter. Who is to help Richard as his body slowly deteriorates? Who will a...
  • RoseMary Achey
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS is the focus of Genova's new novel. In this heartbreaking work a virtuoso concert pianist is stricken with ALS. Playing the piano was this protagonist sole passion. It was more important than his family, child, and wife. This estrangement created a serious problem when his disease progressed and he could no longer care for himself. In the same manner Genova taught the reader about Alzheimers in Still Alice and...
  • Laura Rash
    I’m always amazed by LG talent to tell a heart wrenching story about a horrifying disease & leave you informed, exhausted but fortified. The effects of ALS are so devastating, not just on the person who has it but to everyone in their life. A very poignant story of not just the effects of this disease but of forgiveness & not waiting until it’s too late for it. Thanks so much to the publisher for this early copy:)
  • Ann
    Lisa Genova can bring medical crisis to a level where everyone can understand. Usually written from two view points, the care taker/family and the person who is ill. With her background in medicine and science and her compassionate writing style you are hooked from page one. Richard, suffering from ALS is a concert pianist who has always been self centered and brash . His ex-wife Karina becomes his caretaker when he can no longer live alone. Rich...
  • Kristi
    I was so glad to find out Lisa Genova (author of Still Alice) was coming out with another book. I thoroughly enjoyed all of her other books. I'm not one to read anything that is non-fiction but while reading her novels, I'm left with an understanding of the neurological disorder that is involved. Every Note Played gave me insight to what it is like living with ALS aka Lou Gehrig's Disease. Genova's books are beautifully written with such great de...
  • Bea
    This book is exquisite! An absolute MUST read! I wish I could give it 10 stars! I read “Still Alice” and at the time was amazed at Lisa Genova’s ability to captivate a reader from page one. Her writing is so heartfelt and so real that it’s impossible to come away from reading one of her books without feeling changed. She is an exceptional talent and I encourage everyone to read this book!The main character, Richard, a concert pianist with...
  • Helen
    We all remember the ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS. Lisa Genova has written an exceptionally informative and captivating novel that tells the story of a renowned concert pianist who is diagnosed with ALS. In Every Note Played the reader follows this man, Richard, as he slowly looses the ability to play the piano, to use his arms and legs and eventually his muscles for breathing. His story, and also that of his family, is riveting and...
  • Erika
    A girl, a book, and a whole box of tissues! Seriously, Lisa Genova, you have emotionally drained me. Thank you to Gallery books for sending me this beautifully written book in exchange for my honest review....This book is based on Richard's life and how he deals with being diagnosed with ALS. Richard was a prized pianist who is diagnosed with ALS at an early age. This book takes you through his every stage from being diagnosed to his last breath....
  • Dorie
    To me there is no doubt that the main “character” in this book is ALS. I had watched someone, from a distance, at the Y where I belong go from being a Navy Seal to losing everything. It was terrifying just from the little that I saw every few weeks.Richard is not a likable character. He has led a selfish life centered around his career as a concert pianist. He distanced himself from his parents and brothers, was never present for his daughter...
  • Amanda
    Lisa Genova always manages to teach me so much — about illness, about life, about relationships and what really matters. This time, she tackled ALS, which I've heard of, of course, but didn't know much about. I never realized how quickly the disease attacks and destroys, and I didn't know about all of the painful decisions that must be made every step of the way. As always, by the end, I was crying. I love reading Lisa Genova's books and I'm so...
  • Nancy
    This neuroscientist-novelist (Still Alice) now gives us an idea of what it might be like to care for a person with ALS. In this case the main character is a world renown concert pianist. As his disease progresses, he realizes he will have to move back in with his ex-wife to get the care he needs. Genova does a great job of making her characters complex and educating us at the same time.
  • Caryn
    Only Lisa Genova can share a debilitating disease with readers from the inside out and present it in a way that keeps us reading. Renowned concert pianist Richard is afraid to tell anyone about his ALS diagnosis. His agent even puts out a press release citing tendinitis as the reason he has to cancel his tour. But when it gets to the point that he struggles to handle things on his own, he turns to the one person who is available to help. His ex-w...
  • Tammy
    "This disease is as politically correct as they get. It has no bigotries, allergies or fetishes. ALS is an equal opportunity killer." In Every Note Played, we read about Richard's battle against ALS. I was pulled in very quickly as I read more about this horrifying disease. Lisa Genova gives just enough scientific detail for the average person to understand how ALS works and it's debilitating, terminal effects on the human body. I have read all o...
  • Shell Hunt
    Release Date: March 20, 2017Do yourself a favor and put this on your to-read list NOW!Every Note Played is Lisa Genova's book about a genius level musician diagnosed with ALS, his ex-wife, and his family close and distant. I came into the book knowing nothing about ALS besides the "Ice Bucket Challenge". Genova made short work of that. She paints the picture of the mind of the patient and those around him in such an incredibly powerful way. I kne...
  • Sherry
    Another winner by Lisa Genova. With each book Genova writes, I learn something. This time she takes us into the world of a concert pianist who has ALS and the impact his illness has on himself and his family. A beautifully written story about life, love, forgiveness, and dying -at times emotionally draining but such a touching story. Highly recommend.
  • Diane Perry
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I went through an entire box of tissues on this one. This story is raw, painfully and beautifully told. Most people still don't fully understand the devastation the disease ALS strikes on the person and the family. Richard tore my heart in two. I understand his loss in the ability to no longer be able to do the one thing you have been passionate about your whole life. Karina sh...
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    There will be #nochill in this review. If this book doesn't win all the awards, I don't know what those people are thinking. I haven't been so emotionally affected by a book in a long time (maybe ever?). I cried for about an hour after I finished reading and it was not a pretty cry (My mascara was halfway down my face.). Every Note Played by Lisa Genova is a beautiful, complicated, wonderful story. I will get more into how the story affected me p...
  • Kathleen Nightingale
    I was blessed by the Goodreads Gods and received an advance copy of this book. Every Note Played arrived on my door step December 22nd. I could hardly wait for Christmas to be over so I could sit down and read what Lisa Genova created this time. I was certainly not disappointed. This is a fine tuned novel whereby Lisa Genova wove her story around Richard who has ALS and how his final year played out before him. Accompanying Richard was his traini...