My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I won Every Note Played in a Goodreads giveaway. And with all the books I have on my shelf to physically read, I ended up requesting the audiobook from the library because I tend to get to audiobooks faster.
Every Note Played is a beautiful story of the disease progression of ALS. When pianist Richard is diagnosed with ALS, he doesn’t quite know what that means. He’s seen the Ice Bucket Challenge on social media. He’s seen Stephen Hawking. He has seen ALS from afar, as a disease that impacts the lives of other people. But now it is his burden to bear. And his ex-wife Karina makes the life-altering decision to help Richard battle the disease. She becomes his caretaker and protector, even when it means sacrificing the world she knows.
I enjoyed the audiobook narrators very much. I always like when there are multiple narrators playing male and female roles as opposed to a single narrator trying to play both.
The best thing about this book was how real it was. Lisa Genova didn’t sugar coat a thing about ALS and the grueling journey from diagnosis to death. The slow decline. The loss of functionality little by painstaking little. It was also the worst thing about this book. I found it to be horribly depressing. And while it is an important story to tell, it is not for the faint of heart.
I think you really have to be prepared for a gut wrenching and soul crushing story that will make you feel absolutely horrible. While there were some redeeming qualities and the author tried to make the happiest ending out of a sad situation, it still made me feel like I was in a depressed funk after finishing.
If you’re looking for something that will make you feel the feels, and you’re looking to learn something about the effects of ALS, this is a good book to read. But, if you’re in the mood for something uplifting or lighthearted, steer clear.