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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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    Kindle Customer 11-15-14

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    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.

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    Theo E. Hatch Porterville, California, USA 10-22-14
    Theo E. Hatch Porterville, California, USA 10-22-14

    I enjoy reading a good book.

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    "A must read book about life"
    What did you love best about The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

    I loved the fact that this is a story in a story and yet both stories come together to form a beautiful story of life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

    As the daughter begins to see her father for who he is not who she thinks he is. At that point her anger leave she begins to see and love him for who he is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I could pick any one scene and say it was my favorite. Any time in the father's story is great even when things are not going his way, he still is strong.


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

    What would it be like to read or listen to a book in one sitting? This book is to long to do that. That said I would like to listen to this book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    One word says it all. "Beautiful" A beautiful love story. Beautiful imagery. I think of this book as adult book.

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    nadine CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-18-14
    nadine CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-18-14

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    "True love story"
    Where does The Art of Hearing Heartbeats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 starts. Couldn't put it down. Very soothing narrator. Pulls you writ into the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tin and MiMi. I felt that they were the perfect fit for each other. Each had obstacles to overcome.


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

    This is the first


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and why?

    Well this is hard because I liked both Tin and MiMi.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly a wonderful story.

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    Sofiya Turkey 06-22-14
    Sofiya Turkey 06-22-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Very boring"
    Would you try another book from Jan-Philipp Sendker and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Unless I will be recommended by a person whose opinion and tatse I trust, definitely I will not try any book by J.-Ph. Sendker as I really had to force myself to listen to this one. Something not in my line. As for the performance, it is really good, so Cassandra Campbell has managed to do a great job on a poor material.


    What could Jan-Philipp Sendker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I do not know. Just to write something different.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Highly professional.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just boredom.


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    GardenLady CT United States 06-14-14
    GardenLady CT United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2013

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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up The Art of Hearing Heartbeats in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful beyond description


    What did you like best about this story?

    Two simple people, in a country and time so different from what we know, overcome profound tests of character through love. They possess faith which sustains them through painful years of separation. This is a story about wealth, both spiritual and monetary. It is told in a way that brings the listener into the sights, sounds, even smells of the lands and people. It is far more than a love story, although it is that. There is hardship, discovery, struggle, loyalty and triumph. The central characters, who come together in childhood, seem simple at first, but as the story unfolds their true strength shines. This story lifted me up with joy yet brought me to tears.


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    Rhonda 06-08-14
    Rhonda 06-08-14
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    "Touching"

    This is a touching and painful story. A gifted writer and fantastic narrator. Among the good in this world there is always evil...life is so difficult until you think of others problems....it makes you grateful.....this book shows this so well.

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    Omtomyheart 06-07-14
    Omtomyheart 06-07-14 Member Since 2014

    A mother, a wife, part-time professional trying to fit it all in...

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    "So poetic..."

    The reason why this book is so good is because the writing is so descriptive and poetic. You can feel what the characters feel, and the imagery that develops in your mind, as you hear the words, places you right there where the characters are. If this is a translated version, i can't imagine how much more wonderful the original version would be.

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    "Intriguing, Charming, & Delightful Story"
    Would you listen to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats again? Why?

    Absolutely. I'm always looking for enthralling stories with positive notes. I like the thrilling plots of mysteries - this provided that without dwelling on the dark side of human nature, rather celebrating the extraordinary within the characters. I wish I could listen to 10 more like it.


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    fl0werch1ld 05-30-14
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    "Just Beautiful!!"

    So hard to explain this book but as a beautiful love story, so much to learn about ourselves through this wonderful character.

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    McCaffrey Fan 05-29-14
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    "Dreary, voice of icky dispair. Could not finish it"

    This is a depressing, dragging book. The culture described is not enough to counter the morbid tone and the hurt of a child abandoned by her father or a child disliked by his mother. Icky. Maybe it improves toward the end, but I have given it enough time to catch my interest.

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