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A Well-Tempered Heart: A Novel | [Jan-Philipp Sendker]

A Well-Tempered Heart: A Novel

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.
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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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    dean f reynolds 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    smaller jerusalem, Israel 11-03-14
    smaller jerusalem, Israel 11-03-14 Member Since 2012
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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
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 10-09-14
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 10-09-14
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    Don't waste your time or money or credits on this one. It's long and very boring.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-14 Member Since 2009

    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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    Laura sierra vista, AZ, United States 04-24-14
    Laura sierra vista, AZ, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST ONE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jan-Philipp Sendker? Why or why not?

    Not sure at this time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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