This is an epic surely destined to become a "cut in stone" classic, a gem so perfectly cut that it sparkles from every facet. Best of all, the story is filled with characters so human and alive, even in death, that I for one wish to keep them close by me forever. And Sunil Mulhotra's mastery of narration for both sexes, over a large spectrum of age and accent, is so good I am grateful my first exposure to Cutting For Stone is through his voice.
Despite the far-fetched action plot, Crichton's research into the climate change issues here seems sound. But unless you can stomach someone else's swallowing, burping and dispeptic rumbling directly your ears I recommend the print version. Surely other narrators swallow, but of the hundred of books I've listened to, I've encountered only about 5 audible swallowers. Most of the interruptions in this audiofile could readily have been edited out, and the dispeptic sections could have been re-read when the narrator's stomach was more comfortable. Shame on Harper Audio for releasing this. George Wilson has been added to my blacklist of narrators.
Everything I want it a book, doubly enhanced by having it read so convincingly. Usually I treat myself to books as I do physical work; this one kept me awake at nights concentrating on listening with laughter and tears.
So awful it was nearly funny -- and might even have been amusing with a better narrator. But despite frequent cringing, I somehow managed to get to the end: I was trying to determine whether the heroine ever opened her mouth without the listener being informed that "she lied."
Painfully amateurish in both the writing and the reading. With unbelievable paper doll characters in stereotypic settings that can barely stand up.
This is a perfect example of how a good book can be ruined by almost unbelievably awful narration.
The narrator, George Guidall, who seemed perfect reading "Niagara Falls All Over Again," reads as well here but never sounds convincing with this work.
Brilliant. Delightful. A memorable gem ? indeed a ?harnessed peacock?! And the reading is perfect. A pity only formats 1 and 2 are available...
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