I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was compelling and kept me wondering where it would next turn. The characters were well developed leaving a hint of mystery for the twin brother which was perfect for the story. I also liked that I learned a great deal about Ethiopia and its history. It made me feel that I was a richer person from my time listening to this book. The narrator was excellent with his soft Indian accent - perfect for this story. I highly recommend this book. I was sad when it came to an end.
This was one of the best audiobooks I have heard in years, right up there with the best of the best - Angela's Ashes, Memoirs of a Geisha, Lord of the Rings - this is epic. The visceral and cerebral saga of a family, told step by step, with full blooded, gorgeous characters, and accurate medical descriptions. Dr Verghese grew up as an ethnic christian Indian in Ethiopia, and the cultural details seem real and are mesmerizing. History, medicine, religion, love, sex, culture, brotherhood, it is ALL there. I can't possibly say enough good things about this book, and am filled with admiration for Dr Verghese. He describes why medicine is an amazing profession, and why the narrative of life, no matter what the story, is important. Sunil Malhotra does a fantastic job as well.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is simply a splendid book in every possible way. The characters are so believable -- fully developed and incredibly real. The plot is tied up without leaving loose ends -- yet it never feels forced. The medical details were fascinating. The narration is perfect. Don't hesitate. If you're looking for a good, long listen, this is it.
I thought this book was amazing. The narrator was perfect. It was wonderful learning some of Ethiopia's history. This is a must listen! Hope Abraham Verghese has another book on the way!
This is an outstanding story and it is not hard to understand why it has become a best seller. The entire story is original - its setting, characters, and plot development. You come away feeling like you know a little bit more about life in Ethiopia and what it takes for a physician to work in a Mission hospital. The narration is excellent.
Another excellent book from Audible, up there with "The Lotus Eaters" for my favorites of the year.
I listened to this book when I was in the hospital recovering from collarbone surgery, so the fact that the main character was a surgeon, as well as the frequent discussions about surgery and medical history, were at times difficult to listen to because of their realism. The author, a surgeon himself, depicts medicine and its practitioners in a glorious, almost idealized way -- if it weren't for the frequent deaths and sicknesses that befall the patients.
Although I was sad when the book left Ethiopia during the narrator's exile, I was pleasantly surprised to find how interesting the section about medical practice in the U.S. was. Like myself, the narrator works in an inner-city hospital that serves the poorest of the poor. In my own training (in clinical psychology) I have seen the preponderance of doctors with foreign degrees in these kinds of hospitals, but this novel gave me new insight into the division of labor in American hospitals (one kind of care for the wealthy, another for the poor). LIke the main character, I work with and for the poor, and I could appreciate his struggles understanding and being understood by the doctors from the "Mecca" hospital.
Well done, Verghese!
Well written with excellent narration, Cutting for Stone is well worth the 2 credits. This is one of my absolute favorite Audibles. I finished it about 8 weeks ago and still find myself thinking about the characters and the story. I highly recommend it!
Long, very detailed, great character development, wonderful story--yes, yes, yes and yes. I was immediately swept up into the life of Marion Stone and the lives of those around him. The medical detail was fascinating as was this tragic/happy glimpse into the country and people of Ethiopia post WWII.
I am not usually drawn toward books which have a strong religious element as part of the theme, but the author so successfully used it as a vehicle through which to view the characters and move the plot along that it was a necessary part of the context.
Sunil Malhotra was a great reader; in no time at all I was convinced he actually was Marion. What a thoughtful, well-written book.
I've never listened to a book quite like this. It kept me interested the whole time and I'd recommend it to anybody who likes something out of the mainstream.
Cutting for Stone is definitely one of THE best books I've ever read or listened to. Verghese wrote a masterpiece and Sunil Milhotra was the perfect narrator for the work. This is my first review (and probably my 100th audio book!) but I wanted to pay homage to such a brilliant collaboration. Please Mr. Verghese, get us another book SOON!