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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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love is endless

i really enjoyed that the love these two people had was endless. trully enjoyed it

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Great read!

Lovely story! A Great Story about life, love, and death. I recommend reading or listening this book.

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Beautiful historical romance with a difference

This is a beautifully written and narrated novel set in Burma, about a daughter's search for her father, which uncovers his formerly hidden youth and the most amazing love story.

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Beautiful

This was one of the most beautifully told story of love, life, loss, and death.

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From Cathy

I was immediately interested and then I started to really dislike it. So glad I stuck it out. Was an amazing story.

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Beautiful story!

This story changed my heart. It was beautiful. the book started slow, by the end you will be laughing and crying.

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lovely, great nararation

The story is lovely and magical but it took me some time to finish.

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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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A Perfect Love Story

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

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This is a story that touches your heart

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