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.


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

An endearing and intriguing story.

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!
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- Amanda


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."
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- Sam

Book Details

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