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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Audiobook

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

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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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    "The thrill of really loving someone more than oneself was clearly shown in this seeet love story"

    Such perfect love was a joy to imagine and it offers hope and opportunity to live better and be better! Beautiful!

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    The book has all the makings of a classic. It is the story about the enduring nature of true love.

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    I read a lot of books, some good and some not so good. But every now and again one comes along that touches your heart with the simplicity of the message and beauty in the story. Just love this book

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    This is a beautiful book. So heart warming. So well delivered. Definitely worth your time.

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    What an amazing love story. Cassandra Campbell has become one of my favourite audio narrators!

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    Powerful and heart warming. A love story unlike any that I've ever read, embedded within a story of a girl in search for her father.

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    Lovely story but very long and detailed. Worth it. I would recommend this book. Reader has a nice voice. Easy to listen and understand.

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    "Excellent book!"

    This is a beautiful story. It was well written using vivid images. An amazing story of true and deeply felt love! It's lovely how the characters never doubted the love, but always knew it existed. It gives the reader an incredible image of love.

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    I loved the premise of this book, two handicapped young people finding love and a bond through their physical and emotional support of each other but there were some things with the book that I found challenging: 1) it goes into tedious length about Tin Win's life before he meets MiMi which could've been edited to make the book more enjoyable (I kept saying to myself "okay, I get it, get on with the story"); 2) the book never explains why (spoiler alert), when Tin Win clearly is desperately in love with Mimi; why, once he regains his sight, doesn't he return to her, yet goes to America and marries another woman, one he clearly doesn't love. 3) The story from Julia's perspective is quite engaging, but the book doesn't really expand on this character, which would've been much more interesting. 4) Mimi is described as having healing gifts, yet that isn't really expanded on either. All in all, the book is entertaining, albeit a little long, but it could've been so much more if more thought had been put into the characters and the editing.

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    Powerful, uplifting & enjoyable. Thought provoking portrayal about the meaning of life, death, love, success and joy. I highly recommend.

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