The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Basic Story Interesting, But...

I liked the basic story of 2 handicapped people finding each other, however this book had major disappointments for me:

. even though most of the book is set in Burma, there's really not much about Burma;
. the writing is often predictable;
. the 'love story' includes dumping another woman;
. a lot reads like a romance novel; and finally....
. it's way too MUSHY for me!

That said, you may like it....I have friends who adored it!
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- Monica

This book was like a touching adult fairytale.

What did you love best about The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

I really found myself invested in the characters.


What did you like best about this story?

It starts out in the present and takes you back to the love story and then brings it back to the present. I really wanted to know how it could have started in Burma and ended in New York.


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- sally stanton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.