Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
I enjoyed this book, both for the literary quality and the reading. While listening, I was frequently lost in my visions of Burma; traversing the mountainsides with Tin Win. This love story enters into the realm of "too good to be true" but in an endearing and thought-provoking manner. The story teaches about the power of love and dedication. This is not a story about gorgeous people living perfect lives. No, this book is more a study of love existing admidst hardship, about friendship, and about how we humans change over time often being required to make difficult choices that change the course of our lives. The story line does stretch the imagination but it works. It's beautiful and inspirational. I do recommend this book.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I could not stop listening to this book. Often, I can't get into a book if the beginning does not grab me right away. This one did that and more. It is a story of the most beautiful and enduring love that spans two continents. The characters are unusual... a boy who goes blind and a girl with club feet who begin as friends and ultimately become lovers. This is probably one of the top 10 books I have read and is in the same place in my heart as Cutting for Stone and 1000 Splendid Suns. It's that good. Rarely do we see such an unselfish love. It was humbling to read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.
Yes, this book is such a beautiful story I could listen to several times just to pick up on parts I might not have paid enough attention to the first time through
The oddest love story I have ever enjoyed. Not much of a romance reader, this is a love story like none I've read before
Easy to listen to, character were different yet not contrived
Too long for one sitting.
I really wanted to like this; it had been recommended to me by 2 people whose recommendations I usually love. However, it didn't quite do it for me. I found the structure of the story -- a retelling of history from one person to another - was a bit contrived, and I don't think successful in this application. i kept hoping it would take flight, but i never felt that it did. I found the narrator contributed to this too - not the best choice for this story.
This is my first audiobook so maybe I just have to get used to it. My reading voice would have been so different from the narrators, and I found it irritating at times. Too cute.
I found the story overly sentimental and implausible.
I haven't listened to other narrators so I don't know. I didn't like the voices she chose, especially for MiMi.
U Ma was an interesting and compelling character and story teller.
I really enjoyed this story, it was highly recommended to me so I really did not know what to expect! This is right up there with Cutting for Stone. Very well written and hard to stop listening to and a surprise ending. I also highly recommend it!
Probably not. I couldn't relate to the characters at all.
I couldn't connect with the story. I found the mysterious, airy mental qualities of the main character overdone and weaving that with the story didn't work for me.
I couldn't relate to the characters at all.
I loved the premise of this book, two handicapped young people finding love and a bond through their physical and emotional support of each other but there were some things with the book that I found challenging: 1) it goes into tedious length about Tin Win's life before he meets MiMi which could've been edited to make the book more enjoyable (I kept saying to myself "okay, I get it, get on with the story"); 2) the book never explains why (spoiler alert), when Tin Win clearly is desperately in love with Mimi; why, once he regains his sight, doesn't he return to her, yet goes to America and marries another woman, one he clearly doesn't love. 3) The story from Julia's perspective is quite engaging, but the book doesn't really expand on this character, which would've been much more interesting. 4) Mimi is described as having healing gifts, yet that isn't really expanded on either. All in all, the book is entertaining, albeit a little long, but it could've been so much more if more thought had been put into the characters and the editing.