This book explores how geography, culture, circumstances and family change life. The author truly wraps up all the different elements of his story. Of the hundreds of books I have listened to, this is right at the top.
This was my first experience with Audible and I absolutely loved the way the story came to life with this wonderful narrator. Truthfully, I had started reading the story and was having trouble staying focused until I started listening. Then I was hooked! Verghese has written a beautiful story that I will highly recommend to my friends.
This is actually my second time listening to this most fabulous story. There were experiences that I have had since the first listening that made the events in this tale even more relatable. Cutting for Stone is so multi-layered and comforting and disturbing and loving and technical and simple and complicated and thoughtful...all rolled into one story that leaves you feeling richer from the experience!
I loved the family camaraderie and the unbelievable relationship between the twin brothers.
When Marion (a young man) first comes to the United States from Ethiopia and does his medical internship in a facility in the Bronx!
There were many, but when the twins are taken in and cared for by loving people who teach them so much about themselves and life.
I recommend this book as a true escape. You actually become part of their family and truly miss all the characters at the end of the journey....loved loved loved it ALL!
Ethiopia is physical setting but draws characters from all over. With such a diverse history, the participants in this wonderful novel come together and weave a spellbinding story of family, dedication, faith, and history. Not to be missed, this is one of my favorites!
The story got too complicated and at some points it was impossible to keep up with who was who...also, it got so technical about half way through that it turned me off and I stopped listening.
I loved this audiobook! I have to say, it does start out a bit slow but then it really picks up and you can't put it down! The narrator was PERFECT! He got all the accents correctly and every character had his/her own voice. This is one of those novels when you finish, you sit back and think about it and absorb it for a while before starting a new book.
This story tracks the life of each person in the complex family group, twisting in and out of the history of Ethiopia and of medicine in the mid 20th century. The characters are full of pathos, love, fear and need. The story has the feel of John Irving in ironic twists of fate and individual choice which affect each character in the family.
Malhotra did an excellent job of differentiating each character's voice. It was easy to imagine each character as he read.
love to listen to excellently written, superb penmanship especially when the story is a page turner and the narrator is extremely gifted.
No, it'd be too redundant, but I'd recommend it to others
When I learned of one of the twin's predicament.
Hi accent, his way of making the characters come alive by changing his tone of voice.
OH YES, many times.
Loved it. Did not want my commute to end since I was listening during my commute.
I read this book based on the reviews and comments from other readers. I loved this book. I am not in the medical field and was a little nervous from the other comments that I might not find this story enjoyable. However, the author does a wonderful job of infusing an interesting story with medical history and terminology in a way that is informative. What I learned about Obstetric Fistula (a medical condition in which a fistula (hole) develops after severe or failed childbirth, when adequate medical care is not available) was especially heartbreaking and profound. The character development is superb. The story is original and engrossing. I enjoyed the Ethiopian culture and history that is described throughout the story. This book is so informative and intriguing in so many different ways they cannot all be captured in a single review. I hope Abraham Verghese will write more fiction!
When I finished listening to this beautiful story, I thought that the characters must be real...must have existed and that the story was in fact, true. I went to the internet to see if there really was a Dr Thomas Stone, Liver Surgeon. Such was the presence of all the characters in this story of love, faith, loyalty, hope, despair, delusion and more.
I rarely, if ever, consider re reading or re listening to books, but I think, in a while, I will listen to this one again, listen to the innocent Marion/Shiva unveil Ethiopia, the town of Missing, it's inhabitants, their culture, faith, the sounds and smells of it, the way they love and hate, live and die, judge and forgive.
Then Ethiopia comes to America and the story unfolds with poignant tears.