A Well-Tempered Heart

  • by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"An absorbing, moving sequel." (Booklist)
"Sendker [is] a mesmerizing storyteller." (Kirkus Reviews)


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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.......

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- dogs are us

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.
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- MadisonGirl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.