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.
Beautifully written and well read but the story itself left me with questions about why he did not return sooner and left me wanting a little more.
This is the kind of story where I listen to pass the time and keep listening because I want to hear the end, but the truth is, it's not grabbing me to listen more. Both I and my teenage daughter had some difficulty with understanding the scene and characters in the first third of the book. I did not find it to be entertaining.