The Violin Conspiracy (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! • Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music worldwhen a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.

“I loved The Violin Conspiracy for exactly the same reasons I loved The Queen’s Gambit: a surprising, beautifully rendered underdog hero I cared about deeply and a fascinating, cutthroat world I knew nothing about—in this case, classical music.” —Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch

Growing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. But Ray has a gift and a dream—he’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist, and nothing will stand in his way. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the world of classical music. 
When he discovers that his beat-up, family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach, and together, Ray and his violin take the world by storm. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. Without it, Ray feels like he's lost a piece of himself. As the competition approaches, Ray must not only reclaim his precious violin, but prove to himself—and the world—that no matter the outcome, there has always been a truly great musician within him.

J.D. Jackson
hr min
February 1
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Jen-Alice ,

The Violin Conspiracy

The book overall was an exciting story. Well thought out, wonderful musical references. The down side - the narrator knew nothing of musical terminology and musical pieces and mispronounced many of the words, terms and pieces. As a classically trained musician, that was embarrassing. The narrator was also quite boring.

mooglace ,

Very good book

This audio book is so good that I can’t stop listening to it.

rss1531 ,


Knowing the author, this book is a real life, poignant soliloquy by a life of his experiences. I remember a time in college with Brendan, and his girlfriend at the time, in a drug store. Every isle we were in, the front clerk would announce security to the same isle we were on. As a very young white man, I was introduced to something that made me cry walking out. That was a life lesson for a young white man to know I was privileged and to not to not take that for granted!!

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