Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

Every Note Played

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a virtuoso performance about finding harmony in the most tragic of circumstances.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 every note ...

Details Every Note Played

TitleEvery Note Played
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

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...
  • 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...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Brilliant Stars.Lisa Genova does it again. In “Every Note Played” – she tackles the toughest of medical diseases: “ALS” – also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and she does it with dignity and finesse. Richard is a successful classical concert pianist. His life is his work. He gave up his family for it: his marriage fell apart and his daughter Grace has become a stranger to him. Yet his career has thrived. One day however, Rich...
  • 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,...
  • Norma
    Wow!! EVERY NOTE PLAYED was an absolutely phenomenal book and it was quickly placed into my 2018 favourite reads shelf!EVERY NOTE PLAYED by LISA GENOVA is a deeply moving, sad, and an absolutely fantastic novel that had me totally emotionally engaged and interested throughout the entire book. I was totally immersed in this story making it extremely hard for me to put down. LISA GENOVA delivers an empowering and beautifully written story here with...
  • Debbie
    I couldn’t take it!No no no!! This read like a detailed, precise instruction manual for caregivers whose patients are dying horrible deaths. I wanted fiction! The fact that the book had characters and a plot couldn’t save it for me—I was too distracted by the endless and often gross descriptions of the ALS demon. I might as well have been reading about a puppy getting tortured to death.It’s just me, folks. Genova is an excellent writer an...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 educational and emotionally resonant stars to Every Note Played, my first Lisa Genova novel! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 I cannot imagine this book being any more emotionally-engaging than it was! I was enthralled from the first chapter, and part of it may have been due to a small personal connection.Richard is a famous concert pianist diagnosed with ALS. His ex-wife, Karina, teaches children piano lessons in his shadow. When Karina learns of Rich...
  • JanB
    Lisa Genova has done it again – this is an absolutely brilliant book about ALS and the effects on the entire family. Genova has a gift for putting her readers right there with her characters. She does a great service in fostering knowledge and empathy for all those affected by the diseases she writes about. I buddy read this with my GR friend Victoria and it inspired some truly fantastic discussions. Thanks Victoria! Richard is a world-class pi...
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars ”If Karina had grown up fifteen kilometers down the road in either direction, north or south, in Gliwice or Bytom instead of Zabrze, her whole life would be different. Location matters in destiny as much as it does in real estate.” Growing up in Zabrze, Karina had the advantage of learning how to play the piano by Mr. Borowitz, who taught his students to play Chopin. The piano became her way out of Poland to America and to everythin...
  • Lindsay
    4.5 stars!Powerful. Emotional. Heart wrenching. Captivating. Eye-opening. Informative.Every Note Played is the story of Richard, a world famous pianist who, in the midst of his thriving career, develops ALS. We witness this devastating disease take over and paralyze his body, stripping him of his career, relationships, pride, independence, freedom and more. I admit I knew next to nothing about ALS prior to picking up this engrossing book. Lisa Ge...
  • Esil
    Lisa Geneva’s novels are purposely didactic, in the sense that she uses her fiction to teach. In her case, she strives to teach her audience about medical conditions and illnesses. For example, she’s written about Alzheimers (Still Alice) and autism (Love Anthony). Every Note Played focuses on ALS or motor neurone disease. I have found Geneva’s books uneven as fiction. Still Alice blew me away, but some books felt like the didacticism overt...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Liz
    Lisa Genova always tackles the tough issues. Alzheimer’s. Autism. Huntington’s Disease. This time it’s ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But this one doesn’t go for the obvious sympathy vote. Richard is a concert pianist and is losing the one thing he loves, which is the piano. But he’s also a prick. Divorced from his wife, estranged from his college aged daughter. He’s on top of the world as far as his profession, but once the symptoms of...
  • 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...
  • Brenda
    Norma and I were lost in the all my heart and emotional lush coulee with three of our regular visiting Traveling Sisters reading Every Note Played. Lisa Genova writes skillfully with knowledge and compassion as she explores a family’s journey through ALS. She shows us insight into the reality of ALS for people with this disease and their family who cares for them. Lisa Genova does an amazing job creating well-developed characters here with Rich...
  • Bam
    Lisa Genova has done it again! In Still Alice, she wrote movingly about a professor who in mid-life develops Alzheimer's disease and we experience the progression of that memory-stealing disease through her eyes.In this her latest book, the disease Genova takes on is ALS, ironically in the news again this week with the death of physicist Steven Hawking. In her story, the man who learns he has ALS is a classic pianist by the name of Richard Evans ...
  • Kelli
    Lisa Genova does it again with another brilliant portrayal of an insidious disease stealing the life of her main character. As is always the case with her novels, the ugly truth is revealed about flawed families, broken dreams, and the indignities of this cruelest disease. I wonder with each of her books just how long her formula will yield (such spectacular) results, but she got me again...glued to this compulsively readable story and in the end...
  • Carolyn
    ALS or MND is an awful relentless disease with gradual creeping paralysis that will eventually lead to death in a short time. If you don't know much about ALS, Lisa Genova has created a very accurate picture of every stage of this horrible disease. Her main character, Richard is a famous concert pianist so loss of the use of his hands and then his arms was particularly devastating. Estranged form his father and brothers and divorced from his wife...
  • Erin Clemence
    So much thanks given to the publisher, NetGalley and the author for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Lisa Genova is back with her newest novel, “Every Note Played”. Richard is a world-renowned classical pianist, a passion that has taken him around the world, and has cost him both his wife and daughter. When he is diagnosed with ALS, Richard must quickly come to terms with the fact that his passi...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    I am a huge fan of Lisa Genova's and have enjoyed and highly recommend her four previous novels, Still Alice, Inside the O'Brien's, Left Neglected and  Love Anthony.  Genova has a degree in Biopsychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and her medical knowledge adds powerful enrichment to her heartbreaking and life affirming stories that tackle real neurological diseases.In Every Note Played, concert pianist, Richard, experienced life's joy throug...
  • Brenda
    When Richard, acclaimed concert pianist was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – of the motor neuron family) he was in denial. He refused to accept he would no longer be able to play the piano; to wow audiences across the world; to receive standing ovations for his meticulous and resonating playing – but the disease was his and continued to debilitate, with first his right hand and arm, then his left; paralyzed, unable to funct...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Lisa Genova writes novels about severe illnesses as an attempt to raise awareness and funds for research of them. I read Inside the O'Briens, about Hungtington's, and have seen the film based on Still Alice, which is about early-onset Alzheimers (and consequently gave my husband and I both more nightmares than we have ever had from any horror movie.) I hadn't quite made the connection to her previous work when I requested a galley of this novel; ...
  • 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-...
  • Sherri Thacker
    This book, like all of Lisa Genova’s other books was so heart breaking and sad, that it has left me emotionally drained. This is my 5th book I have read by her and I just have to say she is one of my favorite all time authors. I love everything she has written. I think she is such a fantastic author, no matter what the content is about and this was no exception. From the first page to the last page, I was glued to each page. So very touching, i...
  • Tulay
    Knowing all about ALS it was very emotional and read/listen this book. Do understand her emotions, stress care givers go through. Was sad and tears most of the time, but the message he left made me smile.
  • Holly
    3.5 starsDon't get me wrong, this book was pretty gut wrenching at times, had a really insightful look into the progression of ALS, and had some very realistic characters - but in the end I only kinda liked it. This book suffers in part because I can't help comparing it to Genova's other book I have read, Still Alice, which I freaking loved. Both books deal with the progression of a disease that can't be stopped and slowly erodes everything away....
  • Alexis
    I found the premise for this book very interesting, and after reading the first few chapters I was eager to know what would happen: both to Richard and how his disease would deteriorate; and in the relationship between Richard and Karina, and how these two situations would affect each other.However, as the story progressed I felt that there was not enough connectivity between the characters. Although there is a lot of emotion in the book, this is...
  • Connie
    Lisa Genova has written another wonderful novel centering around a character with a neurological disease. Richard Evans is a classical concert pianist whose first symptoms of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) involve losing the use of his right hand. When we think of ALS, Lou Gehrig and Stephen Hawking come to mind. The motor neurons going from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles degenerate. This leaves the pers...