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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.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Monica 06-04-13
    Monica 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!

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 09-08-13
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 09-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Repetitive and melodramatic"

    This book called to mind another popular romantic novel - The Bridges of Madison County. Both of them are over the top as far as unbelievable romanticism is concerned, with the main characters in both taking no responsibility for the betrayal of commitments in their lives. This book never explores why in the world Tin Win - committed as he was to MiMi - married an American woman and fathered 2 children, then abandoned them all. I was not at all moved by Tin Win and MiMi's love story - a lot of teen angst and incredibly repetitive. How many times was it necessary to narrate Tin Win's touching MiMi's body and the ecstasy that engendered in both of them. We know, we know...they're in love. A lot of this book strains belief - is hearing heartbeats (without a stethoscope) really possible??? And in the end, the fact that they, primarily MiMi, were so loved by the locals that on the 15th of EVERY month the townspeople form a procession to their home, bearing offerings, flowers, candles, etc. Oh, and what about the blatant plagiarism of John Denver's song, Shanghai Breezes (The moon and the stars are the same ones you see, etc.)

    I did find parts of the book compelling - especially Julia's story - I wish that had been a bigger part of the book. I had to listen until the end just to see what happened. Not a boring book for the most part, but overly romantic and melodramatic.

    29 of 31 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.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    joyce 05-11-12
    joyce 05-11-12

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

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    "I couldn't bear to have this story end"
    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.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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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
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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.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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!


    5 of 5 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!


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Could not put it away"
    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Terse 10-26-13
    Terse 10-26-13
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    "5 stars"
    Would you listen to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats again? Why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to, character were different yet not contrived


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

    Too long for one sitting.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Amanda
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    4/13/13
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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