Would go back and relisten in the future. The story was compelling but the performance was outstanding. Combined to be a 5 star entry
I will most certainly listen to this book again. I enjoy books which help me understand cultures other than my own. This book took me inside of an Ethiopian world which I would otherwise never experience. I found the medical descriptions authentic & fascinating in particular because I have physicians in my family and understand that brilliant minds do not always fit in well with the world.Also, having friends who are refugees and immigrants and what people sacrifice for a life in the US always humbles me.
Primarily because of the twin theme I would compare this book to I know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. The honesty and tone of the book are also comparable.
This is one of the best books ever. I couldn't wait to listen to the book. The characters become part of your family they are so real. I am disappointed that there are not more books to listen to.
I loved everything about this book. It was a long journey that was riveting from the start to the finish. I loved the characters and their stories. I laughed, I cried, I could not put this down. For some reason, it took me a long time to pull the trigger on this one, but I am glad I did.
Wow... what a great book. It took me a few chapters to get hooked but once you are familiar with the characters you'll be taking the long way to work and home, or working out longer. It has all the intelligent ingredience of a good movie... love, hate, war, death, history without over dramatization. It is not a sappy love story but it's all about love and sacrifice. I will listen to this one again in the future and recommend it to anyone who is not into vampires.
I loved this story and the reader is excellent. It incorporates some African (Ethiopian) history tidbits that it most U.S. citizens do are not exposed to. It really gave one the sense of being in Ethiopia during that time. Sometimes the story gets a bit far fetched, but it has that fable feeling, main character is a bit dreamy about the girl - that was hard to believe at times. Other than that, it's written so well that some of the lines and thoughts stop me in my tracks.
I am moved to write this, my first "review", because I loved the experience of listening to this book. The writing is beautiful, the story engrossing and the narrator is perfect. I didn't want it to end. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
You don't have to be a surgeon with a history of mentoring relationships in your life to enjoy the depth of this book - but that added extra meaning for me.
A deeply woven tail of how all our actions in life intertwine and ultimately hold meaning and consequences forever. The depth of the characters who you will get to know, hate and love along with the richness of the description of life in Ethiopia makes this nothing short of breathless at times.
"Cutting for Stone" is one of the best books I have read/listened to in a very long time. Abraham Verghese escorts his readers on a lush and vibrant story thru the use of the narrator, Marion Stone. In this book one experinces Ethiopia as an amazing ethinic melting pot, America thru the eyes as a young medical student and humanity via the lens of honesty.
The narrator, Sunil Malhorta's voice and patient pace were perfect for "Cutting for Stone", I would have felt cheated of the importance of this beautiful story if it were read any faster. Sunil's accent gave the story authenticity, his ability to change his tone for the dialog of different characters and the ambiance he brought to "Cutting for Stone" all enhanced the experience for me.
Well told story. Some moments drag and the second half of the book is not as colorful as the first. I felt Marion was treading a little heavily (read: tromping on land mines) into his self-pity and outwards expression of bitterness.
Contrasting painfully with the raw, graphic nature of some of the medical scenes in the book is the reiterated praise and longing for Ethiopian food. One minute I'm trying not to gag, the next I'm thinking "ooo Injera sounds SO good..." I even went so far as to make some.
I feel it's worth a 1 credit purchase, but not 2. I'd wait for it on sale.