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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!
56 of 60 people found this review helpful
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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this story. An endearing and intriguing tale of love and devotion over time. My book club reviewed the book and there was a real mix of opinion...some found it a bit cliched and couldn't complete it while others absolutely loved it.
The American accent of the reader jarred a little for me but I managed to finish the story so can't have been that bad on reflection!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A fascinating story, very well told. I could not stop listening to it and feeling part of it. Brilliant. A sentence towards the end sums up the essence of the story: "Not all truths are explicable....and not all explicable things are true."
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am easily bored and struggle through the first couple of chapters of most books. But I loved this one: the characters were really interesting and I enjoyed the insight into a different culture. Some very insightful philosophical issues.ts a good read.