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THE SOLOIST A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

by | Read by William Hughes

Biography & Memoir • 6.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

William Hughes's easy conversational style captures the heart of this memoir of the friendship between L.A. TIMES columnist Steve Lopez and homeless musician Nathaniel Ayers. Lopez discovers Ayers on Skid Row, not far from the city’s Beethoven statue, playing a two-string violin. Ayers was once a musical prodigy who played bass at Juilliard until schizophrenia loosened his grip on reality and a promising career. What begins as a good idea for a column becomes a transforming friendship for both men. Hughes hits no wrong notes in his narration. He is especially impressive in rendering emotions that run the gamut from wonder and awe at the power of music to Ayers's random profane outbursts when paranoia kicks in. A.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2008

CS ISBN 978-1-4332-1521-6 $19.95 • Five cassettes

CD ISBN 978-1-4332-1522-3 $19.95 • Six CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2008

CS ISBN 9781433215193 $44.95 • Five cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433215209 $60.00 • Six CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781433215230 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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