It was all I could do to force myself to listen to this never ending book. To be fair, parts of it were interesting and captured my attention, but for the most part, I kept fast forwarding hoping to find a piece of those sections...way too much focus spent on medical procedures and jargon. Some of the characters developed well (after many rewinds to remind myself who was who), but overall, it was a long book without much emotional depth. I believe it'd turned out better had they cut out (play on words) much of the droning surgical details and focused more on character development...of all the people, but just one of the twins.
A wonderful story about people, a country, customs, medicine, and love. A long novel with complex life situations and their affects on family and friends. The narrator was an excellent reader and brought the story to life and kept my interest from beginning to end. Highly recommend it.......
Everyone I've talked to about this book says they loved it. The reviews here are good. But... I just can not get into it! I'm halfway through and this is the longest it's taken me to get through a book. Ever. Even if the story itself is good, I can't tell. The narration is mindblowingly BORING!! *!bold, underline!*. I can't listen to it for long, because it literally puts me to sleep. Maybe this is one of those rare times reading the hardcopy would have been better.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
The drama can be really over the top at times in ways that reminds one of the less crafted scenes of Thomas Wolfe (much harder to enjoy in age than in youth), but the characters, like Wolfe's, are expertly drawn and vivid, and there are strange elements that even puts one in mind of Irving, particularly in The World According To Garp.
This is the perfect book to listen to. I am very picky about the narrators I choose to listen to and though I did not read the book I truly believe that the author and narrator are a perfect match here.
I thought it started out a bit slow but still I listened and I am very glad I did. I will purchase the book just to "re-read" some of the passages that not only moved me but made me want to ponder them a bit longer. Thank you Audible for making this book affordable otherwise I might have missed it and that would have been a shame.
Well worth the listen. A thought provoking book with fascinating characters painted against an interesting historical backdrop. Great narrator makes a good book better.
right up their with the story of Edgar Sawtele and Oscar Wo freedom and other great books so character rich and story strong this book is for the passionate reader who understand what good writing is
This is the best book I've ever listened to. The story drew me in from the opening paragraph. I found myself stalling what I was doing so I could keep listening. I listed to all 20+ hours in three days! The reader is perfect, the story is perfect and I love saying "Addis Ababa". I feel like I've been there!
I loved this book. It is totally worth 2 credits--a true bargin for 1 credit--don't pass it up; it has hours of listening pleasure, is very well-written and narrated, and all-in-all a really good story. You will feel connected to all the characters, and you will feel like part of the family, or wish some of these people were in your family. Most of the characters are good people with very big hearts; the others, victims of their cultural mores and judgements. It's a fabulous love story and features many types of relationships-- loves between and among people, of place, friends, family, twin brothers, servants, co-workers, doctors and patients, and, especially, of science and medicine. The practice of medicine becomes a primary "character" in the book, and the author portrays it with such sensitivity and dedication. A wonderful book -- was sad when it ended. It is definitely well-worth re-reading, too. There is much descriptive detail of other times, places and cultures that are quite fascinating, yet it is also a timeless story of immense love, compassion and forgiveness, very heartfelt and authentic. The author and narrator both have the gift to portray the whole experience of every moment -- you feel like you are there, participating, not just looking at the story unfolding before you.. There is great wisdom in this book, too, and an appreciation for what it is like to practice medicine. An enlightening book -- very special.
Highly recommend this book! I have listened to over 50 audiobooks in the last 5 months, and this is my absolute favorite of all of those!
This book follows the lives of twins, born in an Ethiopian hospital, whose mother (a nun) dies in childbirth, and whose father (a prestigious Western surgeon), flees once he realizes what has happened. The boys share an intense bond, but drift apart as they grow up. The protagonist, Marion, comes to the US to study surgery and confronts his father.
I highly recommend this book. The story is plainspoken and moving, and the descriptions are vivid. Despite a slight lull in the plot midway through, the story builds to a touching and meaningful conclusion.