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 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.......
We all go through life on particular paths, some of which don't fit as we travel them. This book explores what happens when Julia jumps off, or maybe is pushed off, her regular life. Beautifully written and faithfully translated, the story captures you immediately and subtilely transforms you. If you don't want to change then don't engage with this book. You may find yourself quietly watching both nature and those around you with new interest.
In this emotionally driven and passionate sequel to "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats," Julia returns to Burma to find her brother and answers to her own heartbeats.
Yes.. a touching love story.
Listened some time ago..don't remember the sister/brother name but it was a good book.
Precise, clear reader. Took her time to tell the story well.
Touching at some points, also made me laugh too.
The story did not grip me as did the prequel. Some characters were poorly developed and significant plot lines left open.
no. I would not! The story is beautiful, not easy but with an inner meaning...would have liked to go back and skim thru the book....
Ti-ti...he is so complicated, with such a difficult karma, and yet he learns, grows and becomes a better person because of it
too shallow, not enough change of voice
The whole book was well written and performed. I was enthralled, taken right into the lives of the characters. I couldn't stop listening. It was poignant & sad at times, beautiful at others, with a gentle philosophy flowing throughout the book. We are left, in the end, not sure what will happen, but that's ok, life's like that.
I loved this book.
Understated, calm, natural, very pleasant to listen to
I loved it
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 just wish I had the patience"
I loved the prequel to this story and read it in the traditional way (ie hard copy book). The story was beautifully written, endearing and a lovely change to the hustle and bustle of every day life. I lost myself in the story and felt very peaceful every time I read it. As I'm a commuter, I thought I'd try the next book via audiobook but try as I might, I just couldn't get past the narrator's irritating and ingratiating voice. I can only assume that as the book is such a lovely but somewhat calmly written story, the narrator decided to read it in a kind of breathy, whimsical way which only served to annoy me. There were long breaks in the narrative which were wholly unnecessary and I guess were only used to set the 'mood' but the only mood it generated was a bad one! I tried to get past this by perseverance but despite going for over two hours, I just found the only thing the irksome voice was doing was ruining the story for me. The voice just didn't sit with the characters and made them all sound just that little bit pathetic rather than the strong, independent person that the lead character was, albeit someone who is feeling a little lost along the way.
I've started reading the book and it's alot better.
I actually really hate writing bad reviews as I feel it is unfair and can be taken personally which isn't my intention. I would be happy to try another book that the narrator has read but this time, it just didn't work and it didn't work badly.
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