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Mozart's Ghost

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  491 Ratings  ·  131 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.
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Sandy
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Rebecca Wright
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Shorty
This novel sounded fascinating; the main character could talk to ghosts, and one of them was The Mozart....what's not to love? So I grabbed the audiobook, and started listening.
Soon enough, I saw my mistake. This medium is supposed to be in her 30's, but she acts like a freaking child, and is angry ALL the time. She's whiny, and usually throwing fits about issues that normal adults usually ignore or get over. I wish she wouldn't agonize so much about being "normal", and enjoy her gift...! So muc
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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
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Cara
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Susan
May 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jennie
Jul 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Sheila
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
No. Just a constant repeat. His music bothers her, she talks to a ghost, she goes to work. His music bothers her, she talks to a ghost, she goes to work. They sleep together. His music's not so bad. Then it bothers her again.
Beth Evans
Sep 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
The best part of this book is the title, which will draw you in. You will then know on about page 5 exactly how the story will turn out and everything in the middle is fluff. Too bad; it's an intriguing plot, but not in these hands.
Greg Z
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Mozart died broke, so it's no surprise he would haunt a world which publishes this repetitive, relentlessly awful dreck. Easily the worst "book" I've read this year, perhaps this century, perhaps ever.
Pam Ponce
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Totally predictable love story. I got the audiobook at the library on an impulse. Figured anything with Mozart would be good. That was a mistake.
Margaret Kalvar
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I started it, but I did get into it eventually. Unlike some of the other readers who have commented, I did not dislike the heroine. I actually found some of her values, such as not spilling everything out to everyone, rather appealing in this confessional age. Once Edward was introduced as an attractive character, and once relationships began to develop, I became more interested.
I have to say that this is not a great book---- it is, however, a ple
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Donna
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Total escapist fiction.
Jaqui
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story about a reluctant Medium, a love that falls in her lap and meeting a celebrity spirit.
Karen
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting premise, but not enough plot for the length of the book.
Laura
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Martin Belcher
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Samantha Adkins
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Kelstar
Mar 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Liana
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Morv
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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,
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Joni
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Ash Ryan
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio, romance
I wanted to enjoy this novel by Julia Cameron (author of The Artist's Way) more than I was ultimately able to. But to be fair, it was probably actually better than I should have expected a new-agey romance novel about a medium falling in love with a pianist (with the help of a certain matchmaking dead composer) to be. The story is in some ways predictable and uninspired, and the characters are more obnoxious than sympathetic (particularly the main protagonist, Anna, but also including, most unfo ...more
Beth
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
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Linda Lipko
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Gabrielle Nowicki
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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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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