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.
The Narrator was perfect- I like or dislike a book sometimes based on the narrator. The mystery- twists and turns made this book not only realistic but exciting. Advice- don't get bored with the beginning- once the twins are born- the story comes together and all makes sense!
Yes- the love of the "parents"
It seemed to go on and on and on and...
He could have cut out a lot of the story to make it more interesting. It seems like he went for length instead of quality.
The performance was ok.
I often re listen to books if I have not down loaded a new one. I will NEVER listen to this one again and certainly do not recommend it.
Great story, excellent imagery, wonderful characters and believable medical issues and procedures; all enveloped in vivid descriptions of Ethiopia where most of the story takes place. I could could not put this down and didn't listen to another book for several days afterwards as I soaked it all in! Wow! And the narrator was perfect, a slight accent with great reading skills; I felt like Marion was talking directly to me! I loved this book!! One of the best ever for me!
Sunil Malhotra conveyed the different characters perfectly. The story covered quite a few characters and he depicted them so you felt as though you were there with them.
You can't tell what's around the corner
It took a bit to get going, almost stopped. Don't give up on it.
right at the top of the list
Realistic characters that are well developed
His voice is exactly how I envision the first person narrator should sound, and great impersonations of the other characters
This book contains some graphic medical situations. Anyone in the medical field would appreciate the realism of the cases described.
Yes. Its full or vibrant, interesting characters.
I loved them all. they were all so well defined.
Not necessarily my favorite, but the most memorable is the final scene between the son and father at the end of the book.
Family, life between a rock and a hard place. LOL
This story shows that family can be many things. Biology, doesn't necessarily bring the love and affection we think it should, but it has it's own advantages.
The challenges that Marion faced and the decisions that he made
How Marion shared his thoughts and that of Shiva
Dr. Stone and Marion hug (the thoughts that he internally expressed)