The sequel to the international bestselling novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father's native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend recently left her, she has suffered a miscarriage, and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted.
One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger's voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, but it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?
Interwoven with Julia's story is that of a Burmese woman named Nu Nu who finds her world turned upside down when Burma goes to war and calls on her two young sons to be child soldiers. This spirited sequel, like The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, explores the most inspiring and passionate terrain: The human heart.
©2014 Jan-Philipp Sendker (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"An absorbing, moving sequel." (Booklist)
"Sendker [is] a mesmerizing storyteller." (Kirkus Reviews)
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This book follows Julia, a successful lawyer who, in the first book by this author, travelled to Burma to find her father who had left his family to find the true love of his life, left behind in Burma. Julia returns to Burma to visit her half-brother, whom she had met on her first journey 10 years previously. During the course of the book, Julia finds what she is looking for... herself. Beautifully written and a joy to listen to. Bravo Cassandra Campbell.
If my friend had read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, yes.
It was interesting to follow up on some of the same characters from the first book but at the same time I found this story lacking in continuity in the end. I can't say more about it because I don't want to ruin it for other listeners.
As for the narration Cassandra delivers another magnificent performance in this book. She is at the top of the list for me.
Not sure at this time.
It wasn't so much as one scene but the bond between two siblings that have lived apart all their lives, and come from such different backgrounds. I found that very moving.
Anybody who has read Kate Norton's books might understand what I meant by lack of continuity. Norton has a real gift when it comes to tying up all the loose ends beautifully at the end of the story.
I read his first book - "The art of hearing heart beat" which is pretty much a must to start with before reading this one. They are both written like a poem , like a melody of one's spirit. The book left me thinking and wondering about one's choices in life and the always existing opportunity to forgive and move on. Listening to one's Intuition is the key element which spoke to me.
the first book -" The art of hearing heartbeat" and "on thousand white woman" by Jim Fergus.
It made me walk more as this is when I listen to my books and volunteer to every carpool suggested so I could listen to it in the car.......
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