this story kept me hooked through the whole thing. the characters are well written and read. the story is nothing less than spellbinding. i rarely write a review but this one, i felt deserved special acknowledgement
being able to fulfill the characters dialects helps
The story..the characters ...the setting...
Everything...I listened to the book while driving. I hated it when I got to my destination as it meant that I had to stop listening to this wonderful story telling book. The characters in the book were depicted quiet well. I was sad or happy by the events in the book.
The book was suggested to me by a Co-Worker. She has never been to Ethiopia before, but she knew that I am originally from Ethiopia. I loved the book. I was surprised when I also found out that my supervisor (a gamer: World of Warcraft and a non-fiction addict) loved it. He also stated that he was sitting in his car for a good stopping point. If yo u grew up in Ethiopia, you must read Cutting for Stone. And if you did not grew up in Ethiopia, you must read Cutting for Stone. You will be absorbed by this book and will learn some things about Addis Ababa.
One of the very best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Suni Malhotra gave a brilliant performance--tone, nuance, pacing were all perfect. Some friends thought the beginning was a tad slow, but consider it a warmup--Verghese is easing you into this amazing epic.
Every time I see the cover of this wonderful book I punch myself for not having picked it up sooner. It's the kind of book you alternately refuse to put down--because you can't--and then deliberately put own, to prolong the inevitable time when the book must end. This is a bad analogy, but it's kind of like Gone With The Wind: memorable characters, romance all against the backdrop of a seismic change in history. Don't listen to me rave--download this book and let it wash over you. You won't be sorry.
My main complaint about this book is how it drug on in the first full third of the book with descriptions and back stories so random and self indulging that I skipped huge parts of the book - especially the first third of it - and that made it better. The main character was a bit strange and not as likable as he should have been. Overall, though, it is a fairly interesting story and the setting and background is quite unique.
At times he does but the author loses sight of the action of the story and the plot at times.
The narrator was quite excellent - one aspect of this book that didn't need improvement.
Yes, I would recommend. Story was very engaging, narration first rate
The unfolding of the story
Narration was excellent...brought the characters to life
This is a must read. I was truly pleased with this choice. The story introduces the reader to many exotic locales bringing them and the people who occupy the landscape to life. Characters are well developed and one comes to care about them. Mystery, love, struggle, family friction - it's all here. And the reader is perfect for this book. He brings you in and holds you. If I had a criticism, it would be that some of the medical descriptions were more than I thought was needed but it never detracted from the many positive aspects of this novel.
The language and story in this book are beautiful. Sunil Malhotra brings the characters to life with beautiful accent and oratorical style. This book is a must!
Although I felt the story moved a little slow and was a little heavy on medical terms and procedures, I did get caught up in the family drama.
I wasn't sure it would keep my attention, however, I found that it was hard for me to stop listening as I wanted to know what was next.
The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed learning more about Ethiopia.
Reader And Listener
Mine downloaded in such a way that Part 2 was below Part 1 on the i-pod (and was labeled "Part 1." Anyway, I listened to Part 3 before Part 2 and TBH it didn't really matter. For those who don't like what earlier reviewers referred to as "too much backstory," you could probably skip Part 2 altogether.
I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. It's beautifully written, and read with perfection. The characters are interesting and complex, the setting intriguing, and the humanity ever present. Read/listen to this book now. Don't wait!!!