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Mozart's Ghost

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  366 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Meet Anna, a thirtysomething Midwesterner living alone in New York City. A schoolteacher by day, she is a medium by night, covertly helping people reunite with their lost loved ones. Anna leads a double life, guarding her secret as much as she guards her heart—until Edward, a gangly yet quietly handsome concert pianist, moves into her building.
Edward’s music fills Anna’s...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Sandy
Nov 08, 2008 Sandy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Sandy by: I thought it looked fun and intelligent, I was wrong
Shelves: audio
I don't know why I kept listening to this CD when the main character was so utterly unlikeable in her social and personal immaturity and whinyness and bitchiness. What a STUPID girl!!! I find it hard to conceive that anyone would act that childish and immature for sooooo long.... even when 'sooooo long' may only have been a few months in the context of the story. Well, I guess I would have hoped for something better - character quality-wise - out of Cameron as her Artist's Way books are so popul...more
Becca
OK. Any time you combine Mozart and a tall awkwardly handsome red head, I'm hooked. HAHA. I was hooked. I read this book in less than a week which is pretty fast for me. I recommend it to anyone that likes classical music, awkward red heads, the paranormal and really not knowing what was going to happen until the end of the book.
Traci
The story was too predictable and the characters were flat and transparent. I felt like you never really got into any character's mind...they remained the stereotypic shell of the character they portrayed.
Marianne
I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did, and I honestly think I would have if the main character was even a fraction more likeable. The problem is that it's hard to root for a woman who spends 90% of the book being surly and/or insufferable.

The concept of a medium being haunted by a ghost is a good one, I enjoyed that she had a chip on her shoulder about being 'weird' and I thought her encounters with the various ghosts in it was interesting but her interactions with real people just...more
Susan
An attempt at making the occult interesting while threading a rather plebian love story through it. Our heroine, Anna, is a medium (not a large, as the running joke goes), who has a love/hate relationship with her calling. She makes the rent giving readings, but longs to be normal. Enter the piano prodigy Edward. Cue irritation, attraction, self-doubt, miscues, etc. and you've pretty much got the story. Flavored with a cast of gay or bi-sexual friends, add a dash of spiritualism of the religious...more
Cara
The only reason I finished this book was because it was so bad it was funny. The main character can talk to ghosts, which sounds cool and is why I picked the book up in the first place, but the ghosts don't say anything worth hearing. You would think being dead would give them some perspective, but they do things like complain about the brand of dog food their spouse has started buying. The medium is supposed to be in her 30s, but acts like she is 15 by constantly agonizing about if other people...more
Laura
As the title implies, Mozart’s ghost plays a rather prominent role in this novel and for that very reason, I wanted to read this romantic piece of “chick lit.” This aspect of the story is what I liked most about this read.

Anna Chester is a thirty-something substitute teacher by day and a spiritual medium by night. Since Anna’s childhood she has been blessed with the ability to communicate with those who have departed this life. Most of the time these communications are in her mind, that is to s...more
Martin Belcher
Anna has two sides to her life, during the day she works as a supply teacher in an Elementary school, in the evenings she uses her talents as a Medium to help connect the dead with the living.

Anna has left her childhood home in Michigan State in the Mid-West United States and moved to New York City to live in a cramped studio apartment. Her life is a constant balancing act trying to keep her two very disparate personas apart and secret from others afraid of what people might think of her Medium...more
Kelstar
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Samantha Adkins
I chose this book for many reasons: It’s set in New York, a place I’d love to visit. Emma, the main character is a teacher, like me. Her love interest, Edward, is a pianist who plays Mozart and, as a little twist, Mozart’s ghost haunts their apartment building. It looked and sounded like a cozy winter read. Unfortunately, I found myself angry with Emma a lot of the time.

I was alarmed at first to learn that Emma is a Medium who communes with the dead as a side job. I usually stay away from anythi...more
Tracy Walters
While this book had a bit of a comedic story line and romance was to be found eventually between Anna and Edward....it was really hard to empathize or even sympathize with Anna because she was (to put it bluntly) a whiny snotty beotch....

Anna was never completely satisfied with anything and all she did was complain and find fault with everything in her life. She had a great studio apartment with a concert pianist (Edward) living downstairs from her and basically giving her free concerts every si...more
Liana
Nathanael West's ghost: Why didn't you finish reading The Day of the Locusts first?
David Foster Wallace's ghost: Didn't you tell everyone you were going to read Infinite Jest this summer?

I know. I am guilty of reading such lighthearted, whimsy fiction over some of the heavier literature in my life. I sort of regret it. But then, I'm about 10 books behind on my Goodreads challenge and I don't think I'll catch up very soon judging on how long it will take for me to finish Infinite Jest. I'm still...more
Joni
Oct 26, 2008 Joni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joni by: no one - I found it in the library.
Really enjoyed this book which tells the story of a young woman with special "gifts" living in NYC. Having the ability to communicate with ghosts, Anna often feels "out of place" with humans as she tries to live a "normal" life. Personal relationships with her twin brother, mother, and father are complicated enough, but then she has a host of people who make her NYC life very interesting.

Living in an apartment in NYC, Anna finds her new neighbor to be directly in conflict with her life as a medi...more
Morv
Jan 21, 2012 Morv rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick-lit readers
It's an all right book, if you are after something a bit different and yet light enough then this will be up your street.
The problem I had with it was the character's, no real depth to them, the main character is rather bland and dull, although probably close to real life isn't the point of reading a book to take you away from real life? Although I did like the fact that Anne wasn't overly into her medium ship, but there was nothing exciting to keep me reading, only the romance kept popping up,...more
Beth


Anna moves to New York from the midwest. She's a substitute school teacher by day and a medium by night. When Edward, an attractive but not very socially adept classical pianist, moves into her building she is quite annoyed that his constant practicing interferes with her communing with the dead. She also begins having a frequent visitor, Mozart, who adores Edward's playing, tells her to "be nice to him" and attempts to play matchmaker. As Anna begins to fall for Edward she holds back telling hi...more
Estefanía Peña
Este libro me lo presto una amiga hace un tiempo ya, lo comencé a leer el año pasado pero la protagonista no dejaba de quejarse de todo y eso un un personaje me molesta de sobremanera y por eso lo deje a un lado, hace poco me obligue a terminarlo y no fue tan malo.

El libro debió no centrarse tanto en las quejas y en las cosas que la rodeaban a ella, ser mas equitativo y explotar mas el lado divertido.

La relación entre ellos dos tarda mucho y cuando comienza es muy cute, se lee rápido, a pesar qu...more
Gabrielle Nowicki
The plot moves slowly but surely in the direction you want it to move, even throughout the frustrations the characters experience. The imagery was beautiful. The characters were colourful (even if a bit stereotyped) and come to life. I found this book very haunting, I still think about it and didn't want to "leave" when I finished it.

Anna could be very frustrating and a bit of a dolt at times. She had her bitchy moments too. The reason she didn't bother me as she bothered other readers is becaus...more
Linda Lipko
A delightful tale of a young Anna who moves from Kalamazoo Michigan to New York city where by day she is a teacher and by night a medium who is a conduit between those who have passed and those loved ones left behind seeking communication.

When a classical pianist moves into her building, she is at first bothered by both the music and the musician until the spirit of Mozart nags and encourages her to develop a relationship with him.

This is a quick, sunny read without a complicated plot. The writi...more
Kellye
I listened to every single minute of this audiobook and hated the main character more with each passing one.
Jennie
I hated this book, which was a big disappointment for me because I love "The Artist's Way" by Cameron. Mozart's Ghost had an intriguing premise, so I kept listening until the 4th CD (it was on audio) until I finally gave up. The heroine was a self-absorbed whiner and I was half-rooting for her presumed romantic interest to turn out gay and want to date her brother...that's how much I disliked her. There was also more bad language and sex than I like in a book, which was the final straw for me. I...more
Barbara
Anna's discussions with her "companions" are fun. Anna herself is not the most likable person, but she is real. I've known people like her. She's a ninny. The rest of the characters are ok, but they all seem poorly developed. The angst goes on too long bogging down the story. It's a good premise just needs to be given more life.

One thing I would like to know: do pianists who are practicing for competitions really practice in their apartments? Or do they go to studios?

Even a really good player w...more
Kathy Fiandaca
Cute in parts. A time passer. Light reading.
Guinevere
It was nice. I enjoyed it.

Actually, I have to give the author credit for being able to handle having Mozart in the story and not coming off looking like a complete dilettante. (Or go as far as Gayle Forman's book with the cellist...such a good story but cringe-worthy in a musical context!) She really did all right with that. As a professional musician, I did not find myself getting distracted by, "What? That's stupid, nobody would ever say that!" Definite kudos there, that could gone the wrong...more
Karen
A light, pleasant read about a single woman in NYC who meets a man she likes a lot--but she's afraid if she tells him what she does for a living, she will lose him. She's a schoolteacher by day and a medium who helps people communicate with the dead by night. I often spend time in Lily Dale, which is a community of spiritualist mediums, so i enjoyed seeing how the whole issue of mediumship was handled (well, I thought). An enjoyable read, but other than the medium angle, it was a typical chick-l...more
GoldenjoyBazyll
This is a fun book about a woman who has the ability to speak with ghosts. A young pianist moves into her building and life for her is never the same - which says allllllot when you frequently speak with dead people! She falls for the musician and not only gains a love interest but an annoying ghost that has attached himself to the pianist. Yes, Mosart's ghost is the sassy and a royal pain in the buttttt! If you want a great laugh and an easy read... this book is for you!
Karina
Although the story was endearing, I had a problem with the writing: the author uses em-dashes as if they were an alternative to the comma, which they are not, and the pacing was a bit off. Neither of these may necessarily bother the average reader, but as a publishing professional with a mental red pencil, I could not get into the story because of these two problems. I did care enough to skim the rest...so I still recommend you give it a try if you like the premise.

Kari
This was a light, frivolous read that was mostly enjoyable. I found the main character's initial conversations with Mozart quirky and amusing. I would have liked that to continue throughout the book, but when they changed to persistent and demanding the story lost some of its appeal, because at the same point it became extremely predictable. I agree with another reviewer who said it is a good commuter book. The narrator of this audio book was nice to listen to.
Paige
Anna conducts reading for the bereaved so she needs solitude. Everything is just fine with her loveless life until a pianist practicing for a competition moves in to her NY building. He unwittingly brings the ghost of Mozart with him, shattering her peace and quiet and her illusion that her life is just fine as is.

So it had potential to be a sweet story but it moved at a snail's pace and Anna? As bland as her name and whiny to boot. I could care less...
Leah Carey
I really wanted to love this book - it combines Mozart and psychics. What's not to love? Unfortunately, after a really promising first half, it becomes so insanely repetitive in the second half that I almost stopped reading. The traits that make the main character sort of quirky and interesting in the first half of the book become shrewish and annoying in the second. I wish the second half had lived up to the promise of the premise and the first half.
Skye
What a bit of fluff. Suitable only for beach reading, the only reason I finished this book was that I'd forgotten to bring home another from work over this past weekend.
Predictable, simple, and chock-full of characters that were obviously only written to further the (weak) plot points.
I gave it a whole two stars because there are a few amusing and charming moments throughout, but overall this was a stinker on many levels.
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Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years, with fifteen books (including bestsellers The Artist's Way, Walking In This World and The Right to Write) and countless television, film, and theater scripts to her credit. Writing since the age of 18, Cameron has a long list of screenplay and teleplay credits to her name, including an episode of Miami Vice, and Elvis and the Beau...more
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