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Every Note Played

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  37,150 ratings  ·  5,677 reviews
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. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of tr
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Scout Press
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Alan Medcalf As I dictate this using my speech to text software, I have been living with ALS since my diagnosis 29 months ago. Like Richard, my ALS first made itse…moreAs I dictate this using my speech to text software, I have been living with ALS since my diagnosis 29 months ago. Like Richard, my ALS first made itself noticed in my right hand, then my right arm, and now my left arm is as useless as my right arm. I'm on the same track as Richard, although progressing more slowly and without bulbar symptoms, so far.
Without reservation, I would recommend this book to anyone close to somebody living with ALS, as well as those living with the disease. However, I would also suggest that the recommendation be tempered with an understanding of how the patient and their loved ones are coping. The descriptions of ALS progression – emotional, intellectual and physical – are terrifyingly real. Just as ALS' pattern and rate of progression are unpredictable and different in each person, so too is each person's ability to handle the steady and relentless loss of function and autonomy, bit by bit, week by week, with each noticeable change triggering another grieving cycle, another milestone on the journey to a certain end. Please don't shy away from recommending the book to anyone, yet please, do so with compassion.(less)
Maggie Gust I received an ARC from the publisher as well - I didn't cry until the last few pages, but I was in my own home. I read it in one sitting. I didn't thi…moreI received an ARC from the publisher as well - I didn't cry until the last few pages, but I was in my own home. I read it in one sitting. I didn't think it was Genova's best - which is "Still Alice" in my opinion, but it is a very good read. I loved all the musical references since I took piano lessons as a child and teenager and still love classical music but also appreciate jazz, which are highlighted in the book. As she does so masterfully, Genova weaves in the reality of these neurological diseases with a darn good human story. I was inspired to Google recent research on ALS - but Genova also includes an epilogue with acknowledgments as well an update on the most recent ALS drug approved by FDA.

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Emily May
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2018
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 pageturners anyway.

Every Note Played sees a fam
Elyse  Walters
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 many times and given it as a gift.
I’ve never thought of Alzheimer’
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 and educator. I just think she went overboard this time. Eve
Susanne  Strong
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, Richard loses all feeling in the fingers of his right hand and then his
Diane S ☔
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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, his only daughter who he barely knows, now in col ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 Genova beautifully writes an engaging and deeply mov
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 an extremely enthralling storyline that was easy
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
ALS. Another disease that robs people of who they are and leaves them in a carcass of who they once were.
Richard, an established and famous pianist, develops ALS and loses his ability to play and so much more. His ex-wife, Karina, in a unselfish act to reconcile their differences as he nears death, offers to assist him with what's left of living.
Genova is a masterful educator. Not only skilled in the neurological expertise she possesses but shares it in a story telling fashion that takes the co
Larry H
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I read Lisa Genova's Still Alice nine years ago, I remember how much it wrecked me emotionally. I was on a business trip and remember sitting on the bed in my hotel room, sobbing, as I finished Genova's story of a woman fighting through Alzheimer's disease.

Perhaps it was the memory of the sniveling mess I was that kept me from picking up any of Genova's other books, but enough time had elapsed, so I decided to read her newest book, Every Note Played . Once again, she balances her kno
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 Richard’s diagnosis, she walks through many different expected emotio
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 everything that life brought to her after. In America, she me
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
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 Grace and moved the family to Boston. His wife Karina
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 pianist who is “loved by everyone and by no one”. His
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
High tide is coming. The height and grandeur of the sand castle doesn’t matter. The sea is eventually going to rush in, sweeping every single grain of sand away.

Accomplished concert pianist Richard Evans feels blindsided when he's diagnosed with ALS. Soon, he'll lose the ability to press a single key on his beloved piano. Moreover, all the time he thought he had to deal with his regrets and resentments has suddenly dissipated. His ex-wife Karina is still angry at him for his multiple betraya
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
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 of their world. Both Richard and Karin are carry
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 overtook the story. Every Note Played didn’t blow me away, bu
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every Note Played
Lisa Genova

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
PUBLISHER Gallery/Scout Press
PUBLISHED March 20, 2018

An emotional profound chronicle of the terrifying effects of ALS disease and the opportunity for redemption it brought to one family.

Richard 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 calibrated instruments that dance across keys, making mus
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ALS start, he’s forced to see how empty his life is.

You’re qui
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
4.5 sad sad stars

Perhaps 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 your mind stays fully functioning. The cause for mo
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 Richard and Karina and we loved the dynamics between the
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 sobbing for its unlikeable protagonist, then for ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
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 and the first blow he suffers is the loss of the u
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Everything begins and ends. Every day and night, every concerto, every relationship, every life. Everything ends eventually.”

There is what happens in this story, but also what this story is about. As much a powerfully moving story about ALS as it is about bitterness, resentment and, ultimately, forgiveness. Flawed characters and a fractured family, each with their own story to tell…'funny how the story of their lives can be an entirely different genre depending on the narrator.’

I was so captiva
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, fiction
3.5 stars

Don'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. But this book takes a slightly different tack, by
Veronica ⭐️
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, s-s
"I’m not a cryer,"I say as I’m trying to stop the tears welling.
Here they come again, "But I’m really not a cryer."
"Ok, you’ve got me Lisa Genova. I’m a blubbering mess now."

Every Note Played is an emotional and well researched story on the degenerative disease ALS. When Richard, a concert pianist, is diagnosed with ALS he is at first in denial but as the degeneration of his muscles progresses he must face a life without his beloved piano. Richard is a person who has a single minded love of play
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another heart wrenching story from Lisa Genova. Her stories are honest and told from all sides. Genova doesn’t pull any punches or sugarcoat the story but does tell it from a place of humanity. Her books will linger with you and make you think. #lisagenova
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Karina, Richard had no one to help care for him w ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 through playing piano, his expert fingers on the keys were
Erin Clemence
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
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 passion and the love of his life, piano, can no longer be
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was struggling to get into this book, a quarter of the way in, I was hooked. HOOKED!!! I kept hoping for a different outcome as the story unfolded. Ugh, that ending broke my heart!! A phenomenal book!!!
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Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.

Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is the New Yo

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