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The Gift is a fantasmical journey through Time and Space. Experience a Musician's life performing on stage, interacting with a tantalizing menagerie of musicians, gangsters, travelers, lovers, and spirits. You'll be challenged to decide what is real and what is imagined, and to wonder whether it even matters. Above all else, The Gift is a tender love story about two musicians destined to be together, despite the separations they must endure. In this Age of Mysticism, The Gift stands alone as the compelling sage of a Musician's lifelong search for meaning through the realization of his special Gift. By popular demand, the NEW Paperback and eBook versions combine all seven books into one!
"A Musical Fantasy through Time and Space"
By Jennifer, in Arizona
"I’m sorry, but I’ve never been a fan of audio books. Until now, that is. A friend gifted me a download of The Gift, by Jeff Resnick, promising me that I wouldn’t be disappointed. As I listened, it was immediately obvious this was far removed from my previous perception of audio books! The Gift is a musical fantasy through time and space. As promised, Resnick’s story is “A Story Like No Other.” True to Audible’s synopsis of this work, there is a fine line between Reality and Imagination. The characters reflect people I know. Or would like to know. Resnick’s own narration is not only mesmerizing, but emotionally powerful, proof that the best narrator can only be the author himself. His production technique is multi-dimensional, effectively combining music, sound effects, and everything else that turns this story into a satisfying and enticing listening adventure. As a musician myself, I confess that I was inspired by the ultimate truth of the story. You’ll hear what I mean when you listen!”
"A Gift for the Listener!"
By William, in Ohio
"The Gift is a true gift to the listener, a fairy tale for adults without the obligatory Post-Modern irony or scary night-of-the-living-dead-zombie-attack-vampire story device, even while being a love letter to life and after ‘life.’ Mr. Resnick is excellent, as both reader and writer, he is as earnest and un-ironic in his reading as his storytelling, and if you don't wrap your arms around life just a bit tighter after listening to this, you weren't listening."
"Resnick's writing/narration are mesmerizing! An exhilarating must-listen for serious musicians!"
By Paul, in New York
"The Gift is a finely woven tapestry of colorful characters brought together in the world of improvisational jazz and the richness that accompanies the jazz lifestyle. Being a musician myself, I found the "out of body experience" during improvisation to be an interesting and familiar concept and a place I have approached myself on those nights when all cylinders were firing in beautiful harmony! Trumpet Man reminded me of a number of old mentors from my youth. I happened to be right around 12 years old (as was Woody) when my uncle (who was a trombone and bass player) got me invited to a couple of gigs performing with the local Concert and Jazz Bands. The old timers were very much like Trumpet Man and The Performer always giving advice, smoking, drinking and full of stories. The dynamics between Woody and the musicians were enjoyable, colorful and easy to relate to. I found the story line approaching fascinating in that people have asked me what it felt like when I perform in front of a large audience with the band really jammin', and Jeff's description is spot on! His account of jazz improvisation is passionate, exciting and exhilarating!! It made me want to break out my tenor and blow the walls down! As the story unfolds, you will meet the people that meant so much in Woody's life and see how they help guide him through the emotional roller coaster he was destined to endure as a result of dedicating himself to the fickle world of jazz. You will see the pieces begin to fit (or do they?) especially with his musical soul mate, Violetta. You will feel the passion of Lenny Dee as he struggles to fulfill a life altering promise he made to a friend from years gone by. The surprise ending alone is worth the price of admission! There is no doubt this is a must read/listen for any serious musician or fan of music. It weaves together the passion, joy, heartache, anguish, jubilation and countless other emotions that accompany this poignant musical journey."
"Tugs at the heartstrings, leaves you wanting more.
by Stu, in California
"Like an Old Time Radio Show!"
by Minette, in Arizona
"Just listened to THE GIFT on Audible.com. It was fun listening to it, like listening to an old time radio show! Great sound effects and story. Enjoyed it!"
“Just Finished the Series!”
by Dorothy, in Massachusetts
“What a rewarding ending! I never imagined the outcome, which made it all the more satisfying!”
"Proceed at Your Own Risk!”
by Aidan, in Ireland
“You are about to become addicted. It happened to me. It can happen to you. When you least expect it, you'll realize you can't stop. You want more. And more. It's all good, though. Jazz lives in your soul, even if you didn't know it until now."
by Mike, in Virginia
“From the start, I have been glued to this journey of music and life. It’s amazing the parallels between the two and Jeff has an incredible gift for painting his picture with carefully sculpted words that sincerely draw you in. I cannot help but continue to listen as Jeff shares his passion for jazz and life.”
by Justine, in Oregon
“Very deep, with many undertones of Life’s journey, delivered through the eyes and ears of a Jazz musician. I love it!”
“I’m Afraid I’m Hooked!”
by Jon, in Canada
“I can’t stop! I’ve never heard anything quite like this…great stuff!”
"The Story, the Music...Everything is 1st Class”
by Rich, in Nevada
“After 24 years as the jazz-ed mentor for the vegas school district, I'm still exploring new streams to voyage to 'jazzville'....!"
“I Have Never Heard Anything Like This Before!”
by Gabrielle, in France
“It is truly wonderful, overflowing with such joy and hope. The characters are so real! They remind me of people I know in my life. Especially Violetta! I would attend her concert tonight, if only I could!”
"I Just Listened to Book 1, and it is Truly Wonderful!”
by Barney, in Pennsylvania
“Your voice and narration are truly unique, mesmerizing, and incredibly soothing. I look forward to listening to Books 2-7 in the weeks ahead. I am not someone who likes to binge watch or listen to anything, but would rather indulge in this beautiful story a small taste at a time, like fine wine or a gourmet meal. Thank you so much for all of your work and efforts and for sharing this with all of us."
"I Didn’t Think I Would Make It Through Book 1!”
by Jake, an expat living in Germany
“I kept wondering where you were going with this. But soon, this rocket ship was skyward, and exploded through the stratosphere into outer space. What a ride, man! I now understand what great storytelling is all about."
"Yo Jeff, U B Rockin’.”
by Tony, in Nevada
“Right in the pocket!”
"Neat Stuff Man! Cheers!”
by Stanley, in Michigan