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A Well-Tempered Heart

(The Art of Hearing Heartbeats #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  7,296 ratings  ·  720 reviews
The sequel to the international best-selling 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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Other Press (first published 2012)
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Lisa It's worth reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (book 1) first. The main stories are somewhat independent of each other but it sets the foundation…moreIt's worth reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (book 1) first. The main stories are somewhat independent of each other but it sets the foundation and tone for book 2. I'd definitely purchase a book 3 if there was one.(less)

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Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I must admit I was a little apprehensive at the beginning of this. A follow up of a loved novel creates high expectations! But just this morning, on my second session of reading, I became hooked. I may have physically been floating in a swimming pool in a mini heat wave in Seattle, but today I feel like I visited Burma and my old friends from The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. And the best part of all involved a completely new set of characters and events.

Meeting the author was a highlight of Bookt
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A worthy sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. Explores love in all its forms - child/parent, parent/child, self, romantic and friend. Through a tale that mixes Western and Eastern cultures, Sendker asks the reader to examine questions that are at the very heart of living a meaningful, full life. Sit back, relax and enjoy this deceptively simple story that will get you thinking and leave you changed.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.
I enjoyed the mysticism and spiritual aspects of Life that are added to the everyday lives of the Burmese characters. There's a definite difference in the Eastern and Western ways of seeing Life. The Eastern ways are more serene in their daily ways.
This story of Love in its many variations is a wonderful look at learning to accept life & its circumstances; learning to understand, accept and forgive; and finding one's true path.
Kevin McAllister
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was really blown away by Jan-Philipp Sender's first novel entitled The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats and consequently, began the sequel with high expectations. Unfortunately, as often happens when you expect too much, you're in for a letdown. The Well Tempered Heart did shine inn many aspects. It turned into a surprisingly poignant love story and, like the the first novel, it wonderfully depicted the main characters search for inner peace. Where I felt it didn't measure up to the first novel was t ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Didn't love this. Seemed a bit forced, expected, and syrupy sometimes. Not sure why it's even connected with Heartbeats, there was no reason to have the characters carry over, they didn't have anything to do in this book. This is another perfect example of trying to follow-up an amazing first novel that probably took a decade to write, with a novel that was put out in just a year or two. It showed. It never felt substantial or like there was a real point to the story.
Rachel Watkins
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
While I adored the first book, this second one wasn't as lyrically beautiful. The story is compelling but doesn't take my breath away as THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS did. I do still love Julia and it ends with a huge cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the continuation as a third book must be in the works!
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh Jan-Philipp. Your writing is exquisite, beautiful, and inspiring. This sequel to Art of Hearing Heartbeats is so very different than its predecessor, yet just as moving. If love and kindness are the virtues you hold in highest regard, than these two books belong in your heart.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cultural
This landed on my reading pile, solely because it had a decent GR rating. As I started this book a woman was hearing voices and then there was talk about reincarnation. This had me a little worried. I thought this was going to be hokey. I was wrong. This was a beautifully written book. The author kept it all reigned in and that held the hokey feelings at bay.

This is a book about love and life and purpose. While we can't always control the things that come our way, we do have control over our cho
Ренета Кирова
Това е книга, която докосва сърцето и душата. Думите се леят като песен и те унасят. Книга за любовта и пречистващата й сила.
Mai Laakso
Saksalaisen Jan Philipp Sendkerin esikoisteos Sydämenlyönneissä ikuisuus ponnahti maailmanmaineeseen ja siitä tuli todella suosittu kirja sen romanttisen rakkaustarinansa vuoksi rakastavaisista, jotka erotettiin toisistaan. Sydämen ääntä ei voi unohtaa on itsenäinen jatko-osa ensimmäiselle kirjalle. Päähenkilö on sama, Julia Win, joka ensimmäisessä kirjassa etsi isäänsä Burmasta, mutta löysikin isän sijasta veljen. Tässä kirjassa Julia matkusti Yhdysvalloista veljensä luokse eksoottiseen Burmaan ...more
Katz Nancy from NJ
This title is a worthy sequel to the book, the Art of Hearing Heartbeats. After 10 years a young woman returns to see her half brother in Byrma. Plagued with voices in her head asking evocative questions Julie Win wonders if a trip to Burma won't help her. Taking a leave of absence from her well paying job as a lawyer, Julie travels to Burma and is reunited with her brother U Ba. What ensues is a love story if a mother, a love story of a young man taken away and placed in a military unit and som ...more
The sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this novel takes place ten years later, when Julia Win travels back to Burma for personal healing, and to solve a mystery that followed her back to the United States all those years ago. Like her father, Julia discovers an other-worldly gift: she hears the voice of a woman in anguish.

I liked this novel even more than the first. The unfolding of the spirit-woman's story is heartbreaking. And yet, as Julia discovers more about this woman's past, a paral
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a sequel to The art of hearing heartbeats. In the first book Julia goes to Burma in search of her father and ten years later in the second book Julia goes to Burma to find herself. It is a book about love, loss, forgiveness and what the heart needs to survive. Reading the book feels like meditation to me. You enter another world where the people come alive. While doing mundane chores, you think about their world, their lives, their choices and look forward to re-entering that world when ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing. The perfect sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. Simply glorious writing.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
5/5. Such a wonderful story, I hadn't expected it to be so good again. Even though I found the premise to be a little... unbelievable at first (view spoiler), the story more than makes up for it by being almost magical.

Buddyread with Kim!
Charlotte Guzman
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read the first book in this series, "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" and loved it. This one is just as beautiful as the first book in its storytelling but the ending left me hanging and I wanted more. There is supposed to be a third book in this series, but I haven't heard about when it will come out.
My favorite parts of this book was the beautiful relationship between Julia and her brother U Ba from Burma.
This book is so magical and love the story inserted into Julia's journey to find her
RoseMary Achey
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sequel to the much loved Art of Hearing Heartbeats this book explored one of the basic tenets of human life- love. Author Sendker has an uncanny knack of breaking down complex topics into their most basic forms. What results is a simple story that is at the same time very rich.
This is the sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, and it was just as beautifully crafted.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ihana ja ajatuksia nostattava tarina.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I loved the first book but the sequel is not interesting for me. What made it worse is the relationship between Julia and Thar Thar, who is a monk. I probably won't finish reading it.
Terri Phillips
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the follow up to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats which I absolutely loved. The expectation was high but it couldn't match those giddy heights. The first 20% I was just waiting for the inevitable to happen and I didn't connect with the story as much as I had with the first book. That said, it was an enjoyable, easy read.
Barbara M
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so sad that I have reached the end of this book. There is more to the story and I want to hear it all! I was concerned about picking up a sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats because I loved it so much. I read it in May of 2015 and was also concerned that maybe too much time had passed between that novel and this but I rediscovered what I loved about that story pretty quickly.

The book starts with Julia in this novel as it did in Heartbeats. She's a successful lawyer living in a New York
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: burma
I reserved this book at the library believing I wouldn't much care for it nor want to add it to my growing collection of books on Burma. I was about to give up on it and the irritating "voice" when it finally started to hit home on page 59 at the Buddhist retreat center. I began loving the story as it moved to Kalaw and Hsipaw, places I've visited, when the town details (inside U Ba's home and tea houses) felt realistic. The description of child soldiers and how they were treated/used was tough ...more
Michelle Hamstra
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sendker's sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats fell short in comparison to the original novel. The story felt choppy and at times I wasn't sure who the main character was. There was also a lot of odd foreshadowing and imagery I never saw going anywhere. I thought this book hada great deal of potential to explore some serious character growth and satisfy the reader's curiosity about Julia's life, but instead it left me in a similar place as the last book.... without as much continuity. I confe ...more
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ich lese diesen Monat irgendwie nur wundervolle Bücher. Aber dieses hier ist ganz besonders. Poesie für die Seele
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really really liked it and I really really had goosebumps reading the end even while burrowed under two quilts!
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! A sequel that did not disappoint!
Dieses Buch habe ich doch tatsächlich bis auf die ersten 40 Seiten an einem Tag gelesen. Und auch hierfür vergebe ich sehr gerne 5 Sterne. Meine anfängliche Befürchtung, dass es sich um einen gezwungenen und gewollten 2. Teil handeln könnte, hat sich sehr schnell aufgelöst. Dieses Buch hätte durchaus auch der 1. Teil sein können und das 2. als Vorgeschichte dazu später herauskommen können. Beide Bücher sind sehr gehaltvoll und wunderbar. Mir gefällt der 2. Teil sogar etwas besser. Die Geschichte ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book and decided to read it because the first one, “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” was definitely one of my favorite books of all time. As expected, this one was not a disappointment either, in fact it was just as breathtaking and gripping.

Even though I do not believe in troubled spirits, reincarnation, good and bad karma in the sense mentioned in the book, nor in most of the spirituality described beautifully throughout the novel, none of it was annoying to me nor was it silly. C
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Way more intense than the last book; still good, just the material was heavier. Julia has let 10 years elapse, refusing to return to Burma, though she knows she left a piece of her heart there. However, an unexplained voice in her head prompts a trip back as she tries to reconcile the past with the present and in turn, gets tangled up in another family's story. It was honestly very difficult to get through much of Thar Thar's experiences as a young boy and then a child soldier. I was reminded ho ...more
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Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, and, longing to travel the world, became 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, and since then, he has written 3 further novels, including a sequel to "The Art of ...more

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