The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason audiobook

The Piano Tuner: A Novel

By Daniel Mason
Read by Richard Matthews  and Simon Vance

Random House Audio
10.77 Hours Unabridged
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An extraordinary first novel that tells the story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the nineteenth century. In October 1886, Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the British War Office: he must leave his wife and his quiet life in London to travel to the jungles of Burma, where a rare Erard grand piano is in need of repair. The piano belongs to an army surgeon-major whose unorthodox peacemaking methods—poetry, medicine, and now music—have brought a tentative quiet to the southern Shan States but have elicited questions from his superiors. On his journey through Europe, the Red Sea, India, and into Burma, Edgar meets soldiers, mystics, bandits, and tale-spinners, as well as an enchanting woman as elusive as the surgeon-major. And at the doctor’s fort on a remote Burmese river, Edgar encounters a world more mysterious and dangerous than he ever could have imagined. Sensuous, lyrical, rich with passion and adventure, this is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: an unforgettable novel.

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Summary

Summary

One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

An extraordinary first novel that tells the story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the nineteenth century.

In October 1886, Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the British War Office: he must leave his wife and his quiet life in London to travel to the jungles of Burma, where a rare Erard grand piano is in need of repair. The piano belongs to an army surgeon-major whose unorthodox peacemaking methods—poetry, medicine, and now music—have brought a tentative quiet to the southern Shan States but have elicited questions from his superiors.

On his journey through Europe, the Red Sea, India, and into Burma, Edgar meets soldiers, mystics, bandits, and tale-spinners, as well as an enchanting woman as elusive as the surgeon-major. And at the doctor’s fort on a remote Burmese river, Edgar encounters a world more mysterious and dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

Sensuous, lyrical, rich with passion and adventure, this is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: an unforgettable novel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[A] very fine first novel. . . . Its author is rich in talent and promise. Philadelphia Inquirer
“This wondrous work of fiction . . . artfully weaves psychology, politics, medicine and music theory into a polyphonic composition. . . . A virtuoso performance. Newsday
The Piano Tuner is a haunting, passionate story of empire and individualism. . . . [Mason is] a gifted writer. San Francisco Chronicle
“Daniel Mason’s ambitious, lyrical The Piano Tuner . . . [possesses] genuine moments of ominous beauty. . . . Readers . . . should be intrigued by the mix of historical detail, lush settings, and equally lush language. San Jose Mercury News
A smart, entertaining adventure. Christian Science Monitor
Mason has improvised a virtuoso tale . . . a complex and subtly imagined adventure. Guardian Unlimited
“An intense, shimmering dream of a story. Grand Rapids Press
Excellent. . . . [Mason’s] powerful prose style and his ability to embrace history, politics, nature and medicine . . . [is] astonishing. The New York Times Book Review
Mason’s writing achieves that kind of reverie in which every vision, tone, flavor and sensation is magnified. LA Times
“Luminous. . . . Mason’s writing achieves that kind of reverie in which every vision, tone, flavor and sensation is magnified. Los Angeles Times
“An ambitious, adventuresome, highly unusual first novel that offers pleasures too rarely encountered in contemporary American literary fiction. . . . [Mason is] a gifted, original and courageous writer. The Washington Post Book World
“Intoxicating, full of sights to see, histories to learn, stories to entertain. USA Today
Remarkable. . . . A profound adventure story. The New Yorker
Reminded me of books I read by flashlight, under the covers, when I was young. USA Today
Inspired. . . . The Piano Tuner is a brilliant debut. Miami Herald
A gripping and resonant novel. . . . It immerses the reader in a distant world with startling immediacy and ardor. . . . Riveting. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Daniel Mason

Author Bio: Daniel Mason

Daniel Mason received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard in 1998 and spent a year studying malaria on the Thai-Myanmar border, where much of The Piano Tuner was written. He is currently a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English