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A Well-Tempered Heart Audiobook

A Well-Tempered Heart: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"An absorbing, moving sequel." (Booklist)

"Sendker [is] a mesmerizing storyteller." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    dogs are us 04-10-14
    dogs are us 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "a book that touches all senses"
    What did you love best about A Well-Tempered Heart?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Well-Tempered Heart to and why?

    the first book -" The art of hearing heartbeat" and "on thousand white woman" by Jim Fergus.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.......


    Any additional comments?

    Grab!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MadisonGirl 11-01-15
    MadisonGirl 11-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to your heart"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 09-04-16
    Martha 09-04-16 Member Since 2009
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    "A Beautiful Story"

    It always amazes me how a book's enjoyment and meaning can be so different for each person. This book was beautifully written as was the first one! The prose was so special. Cassandra Campbell was a perfect narrator once again. I totally enjoyed the entire production. 5 stars on everything!!!

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    Mike 08-01-16
    Mike 08-01-16

    40 something devoted wife , Mother and grandmother . Live in Alabama ROLL TIDE Addicted to Audible favorite narrator Natalie Ross,Sab York

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    "True entertainment for the mind and heart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Truly beautiful captivating story that has me looking inside myself


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Well-Tempered Heart?

    The ending and a hope for the next book


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    All


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love isn't just a feeling it's a action


    Any additional comments?

    I find myself thinking of how small my view of the world is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol LARCHMONT, NY, United States 01-17-16
    Carol LARCHMONT, NY, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Sendker Does it Again"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ruby 03-29-15
    Ruby 03-29-15
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    "Good Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.. a touching love story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Listened some time ago..don't remember the sister/brother name but it was a good book.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Precise, clear reader. Took her time to tell the story well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Touching at some points, also made me laugh too.


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    Shauna Carson City, NV United States 03-26-15
    Shauna Carson City, NV United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A so-so sequel"

    The story did not grip me as did the prequel. Some characters were poorly developed and significant plot lines left open.

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    smaller jerusalem, Israel 11-03-14
    smaller jerusalem, Israel 11-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "beautiful story about love and self awareness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Well-Tempered Heart to be better than the print version?

    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....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ti-ti...he is so complicated, with such a difficult karma, and yet he learns, grows and becomes a better person because of it


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    too shallow, not enough change of voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both!


    Any additional comments?

    good read!

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    lillico 10-11-14
    lillico 10-11-14
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    "What a beautiful story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Well-Tempered Heart the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Understated, calm, natural, very pleasant to listen to


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "The Art of enjoying Sendker"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "I just wish I had the patience"
    Would you try another book written by Jan-Philipp Sendker or narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I've started reading the book and it's alot better.


    Any additional comments?

    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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