Summary

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016
Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each becomes interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
Richly imagined and structurally innovative, Echo pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories. With music by Corky Siegel.
©2015 Pam Muñoz Ryan (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.
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"A riveting exploration of that which destroys and that which heals." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rosie Becker on 28-08-18

This book weaves its way to a fabulous ending.

This story is very thoughtful and touching. Well worth a read/listen. I loved the addition of music throughout.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Oisin O. on 22-06-18

A beautiful hidden gem

This is a sweet story following 3 different characters around the time of WW2. It focuses on music as a theme that binds them and incorporates the music beautifully into the audio-book performance. The narration itself is done spectacularly with separate narration for each section of the book. It is a emotive listen, a true hidden gem.

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5 out of 5 stars
By tru britty on 28-07-15

One of the best audio productions I have heard

Not only is this a magical story about a harmonica involving multiple storylines, but this is one of the best produced audiobooks I have ever heard.

There is music everywhere and directly related to the plot. You hear harmonica, cello, piano and even a vocal rendition of Sone Enchanted Evening. I don't know what kind of mouth harp that was but it had a beautiful sound. Sounded like a tremolo harp.

These interconnected stories are about the magic of music and the love of family to overcome the most terrifying obstacles, including Hitler's Germany.

I wish there were more audiobooks like this. I feel like I have just returned from an incredible journey.

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44 of 44 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kay on 19-09-15

Wonderful story

Ryan has written a story that is parrt fantasy, part historical fiction - all wonderful.
If you have the chance - listen to the audio version of this book. The inclusion of the harmonica music brings the story to life.
Also, any age would enjoy this book. It would be an excellent choice for a family to listen to together.

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