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Mari

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  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (425)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "Beautifully written."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats the most enjoyable?

    I loved Ms.Campbell's voice, the narrator, she was so gentle and smooth. The narrative kept bringing new surprises in the story that kept me engaged, for example: the story not only takes place in the rustic farmlands in Burma but also in the sophisticated life of a manhattan lawyer. I never thought twice about how it would feel to be blind - too foreign to my life experience but this book raised my sensitivity and awareness to these senses which I took so much for granted. This book is an extraordinary love story that surpasses all understanding, a love story that goes against all odds of tremendous strength and takes us back to our basic feelings and instincts as human beings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tin Ming was my favorite character. Why? because of his courageous spirit, wisdom and his transparent soul of a child.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I never heard Cassandra Campbell's and I very much liked this first experience.


    If you could rename The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, what would you call it?

    No other way, the title is PERFECT!


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (908)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "Audio narration and audio recording extremely poor"
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    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Tim Robbins?

    Definitely, I would read F. Scott Fitzgerald but didn't like Tim Robbins too monotonous for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Robbins?

    Brooks Moore the narrator for the series "How It's Made" on Discovery Science Channel or Hal Douglas


    Any additional comments?

    Audio mixing was poorly done. It was sad because this is a classic and as such Audible should do better in choosing the company's they pick for such good books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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