I bought this audio book based on reviews I read and I was not disappointed. The character development is second to none in terms of books I have read/heard. From the perspective of very poor children in Ethiopia, to the parents and adults that teach and parent them, we get to know these characters better then we know our best friends, or even ourselves.
Dowloading this book was a risk. Ethiopia? What did I know about that country, and how could I relate with characters that live there? This book illustrates like no other that humans the world over suffer the same fates, and experience the same wonderful joys: Murder, lust, love, dreaming of a better future, unspeakable pain, etc. I came to know the characters and smell what they smelled. Living through their eyes, I came to know unrequited love and unspeakable pains that we inflict on each other. Listening to Sunil Malhotra narrate this book, it became a soothing, piercing story, that I could not wait to turn on every chance I got.
I cannot recall a better book that I have ever read or listened to. Bravo to Mr. Verghese. My biggest regret as I head out to do yard work today: I will not have this wonderful audio/book to accompany me.
At first I was hesitant of downloading this book because of the accent of the speaker (English Indian). However, it added to the authenticity of it. I found myself emotional at times with the descriptions. It is an excellent book and is worth the download. I will be listening to this again later.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is wonderful, the characters are rich, and the narrator is wonderful, although there were some sound mismatches in the recording.
I laughed and cried with some of the characters, they really touched me but there were few things that I didn't like about the book.
I didn't like the end. There was some closure which was nice, there were no closure in some other areas, which is ok because we all know that not everything in life gets solved, but I was expecting more at the end...it was a little dark.
Another thing I didn't like was the description of the birth of the twins. It set the tone for the story but it was too long and too full of medical terms.
In general, I recommend this book. I truly enjoyed it!
As a physician I usually avoid novels and TV shows about medicine. So I approached this book with some reservations. The portrayal of third world medical practice and hospital conditions seemed spot on authentic based on my own brief experience as an American medical student years ago in a similar place.The viewpoint of foreign medical graduates training in US community hospitals was enlightening and humbling to me. I have many FMG colleagues and never fully appreciated what additional problems they had to overcome. The plot held interest, the characters were well developed and diverse, the medical issues were beautifully described and the narrator was terrific: a rewarding experience which even medical laymen should enjoy.
I have never written a review, but felt I had to write about this recording. This book is in desperate need of editing. Even with all the unneeded description, the characters remained empty and faceless. I kept listening to it, because it had received so many positive reviews and I thought it had to get better, but it didn't. In addition, it was depressing. Please do not waste your time.
This amazing epic had me in tears, torn between the desire to succumb to a great emotional deluge and the effort to appear professional in my little cubical at work.
Anyone with the desire to experience what it would feel like to walk in the shoes of a person, whose life seems foreign, will find universal similarities that may have one rethinking how we view others. Unexpected twists and divergent paths send the reader simultaneously inside the mind of the narrator and reliving religious and political landmarks of the 20th century. Culminating in the reunion of family and friends bonded and alienated by passion and mistakes made during extraordinary circumstances. Deep personal growth, love and devotion, feels to me, the heart of this brilliant narrative. After hearing this story told to me by a voice one could believe is none other than the protagonist, I am now searching for more audio books read by the voice of Sunil Malhotra.
This narrator, Sunil Malhotra, with this author and these words - it's a world to live in and an experienced not to be missed. If you've any doubt, listen to Verghese read on YouTube. He's put medicine, the depths of humanity, Ethiopia, the Bronx, and characters richly developed that you cannot forget together in a novel that changes your world.
Cutting for Stone is a masterpiece that deals deftly with issues of family, belonging, obligation, and love in ways that are both unexpected and poignant. This is a wonderful story that captivates from beginning to end. Sunil Malhotra does an excellent job with the narration. A must listen!