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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel | [Jan-Philipp Sendker]

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.

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.

Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995 and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He lives in Berlin with his family.

©2002 Karl Blessing Verlag. Translation 2006 by Kevin Wiliarty (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Absolute magic…Like a spell, it haunts. Like love, it’s going to endure.” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Linda POCATELLO, ID, United States 05-14-12
    Linda POCATELLO, ID, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery in the story makes this a fun book to listen too. It has an unexpected twist.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The characters of this book are all so well developed. And each one on their own journey.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    joyce san clemente, CA, United States 05-11-12
    joyce san clemente, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    Would you listen to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats again? Why?

    I AM listening to it a second time, just to lose myself in the gorgeous descriptions of country, customs, and love that is transcendent, read in the golden honeyed tones of Cassandra Campbell. Beautiful narration, and a fantastically beautiful story.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mari North Bethesda, MD, United States 09-30-12
    Mari North Bethesda, MD, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautifully written."
    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!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sally stanton manhattan beach, ca United States 09-17-12
    sally stanton manhattan beach, ca United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This book was like a touching adult fairytale."
    What did you love best about The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

    I really found myself invested in the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It starts out in the present and takes you back to the love story and then brings it back to the present. I really wanted to know how it could have started in Burma and ended in New York.


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    Melissa Boston, MA, United States 05-10-12
    Melissa Boston, MA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful story about enduring love"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats the most enjoyable?

    This is a wondeful story of enduring love that I would highly recommend. There is nothing to which it easily compares. I loved it so much I had to buy a physical copy of the book.


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    Becky Smith Plano, Texas 02-15-13
    Becky Smith Plano, Texas 02-15-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Beautiful !!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats to be better than the print version?

    This was an incredible listen. The narrator was perfect on all the voices. Loved the story and all the subtle nuances. There is really no way to explain how special this book is!


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    Pauline C. Mac Kay Concord, NH United States 02-02-13
    Pauline C. Mac Kay Concord, NH United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An absolutely beautiful story of love."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats the most enjoyable?

    The scenery, the love, the sounds that were magnified during the telling of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the main characters from the beginning of the story thru the very end. I did not want the story to end.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Cassandra Campbell's performance was of a quality that made it very easy and pleasurable to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry and at the same time I felt joy.


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    Richelle Sparta, MI, United States 11-25-12
    Richelle Sparta, MI, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    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!

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    Monica Fairfax Station, VA, United States 06-04-13
    Monica Fairfax Station, VA, United States 06-04-13
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    "Basic Story Interesting, But..."

    I liked the basic story of 2 handicapped people finding each other, however this book had major disappointments for me:

    . even though most of the book is set in Burma, there's really not much about Burma;
    . the writing is often predictable;
    . the 'love story' includes dumping another woman;
    . a lot reads like a romance novel; and finally....
    . it's way too MUSHY for me!

    That said, you may like it....I have friends who adored it!

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    Gregg Advance, NC, United States 02-23-14
    Gregg Advance, NC, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Not good"
    Would you try another book from Jan-Philipp Sendker and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Probably not. I couldn't relate to the characters at all.


    What was most disappointing about Jan-Philipp Sendker’s story?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

    I couldn't relate to the characters at all.


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    "An endearing and intriguing story."

    I enjoyed this story. An endearing and intriguing tale of love and devotion over time. My book club reviewed the book and there was a real mix of opinion...some found it a bit cliched and couldn't complete it while others absolutely loved it.

    The American accent of the reader jarred a little for me but I managed to finish the story so can't have been that bad on reflection!

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