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Cutting for Stone Audiobook

Cutting for Stone: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel - an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him - nearly destroying him - Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

©2009 Abraham Verghese; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Pamela 08-22-10
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    "Hated for it to end...."

    Long, very detailed, great character development, wonderful story--yes, yes, yes and yes. I was immediately swept up into the life of Marion Stone and the lives of those around him. The medical detail was fascinating as was this tragic/happy glimpse into the country and people of Ethiopia post WWII.
    I am not usually drawn toward books which have a strong religious element as part of the theme, but the author so successfully used it as a vehicle through which to view the characters and move the plot along that it was a necessary part of the context.
    Sunil Malhotra was a great reader; in no time at all I was convinced he actually was Marion. What a thoughtful, well-written book.

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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 06-12-10
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 06-12-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Amazing"

    This is a great listen. The story is fascinating and the narrator excellent. Lots of medical discussion set mostly in the 1940's to late 60's. It is long but kept my interest the entire book. Sad to see it finish.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Centennial, CO, USA 06-04-10
    Julia Centennial, CO, USA 06-04-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible!"

    This audio book is definitely in my top 5. Moving, compelling, clear...fantastic writing and narration! Highly recommend this one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 04-25-10
    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 04-25-10
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    "Cutting for Stone"

    I have been listening to audio books for quie a few years now and this is one of the best!!! I am now nearing the end of it and I am trying not to listen to it so often. A sure fire sign that is is an amazing book and exceptionally well read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 04-06-10
    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 04-06-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Bravo !"

    An engaging story, beautifully narrated. Set at a surgery theatre in an Ethiopian mission and then at a New York hospital, it follows the lives of twins, and one in particular, from his difficult birth forward. I had been intrigued after hearing the author on Terry Gross' Fresh Air. It's so nicely done, I'll sometimes choose it over music on my iPod. This would be my pick for novel of the year. If he writes a sequel, I'm very interested.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa walnut creek, CA, USA 03-04-10
    Lisa walnut creek, CA, USA 03-04-10 Member Since 2016
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    "A Nurse loves Cutting for Stone."

    A great epic story that started out slowly for me, but took off and I was hooked. I enjoyed every time I got into the car for a long drive. I saved my credits for two months to get this gem! The medical and surgical descriptions were quite detailed and might not be for all readers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anita San francisco, CA, USA 03-02-10
    Anita San francisco, CA, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it!"

    Probably one of my new top 10 books of the past few years. Engagingly brilliant book and wonderful narration....couldn't stop listening to it...

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    Carvaleen Gardnerville, NV, United States 02-18-10
    Carvaleen Gardnerville, NV, United States 02-18-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding! My second most favorite of 2009"

    I absolutely loved this book. You can't get better: An amazing story, beautifully written, with superb narration. I didn't want it to end. And the characters stayed with me for days. Truly a memorable listen. Please don't hesitate on this one.

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    Patricia L. Rouas 01-23-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect marriage of author and narrator"

    Cutting for Stone is definitely one of THE best books I've ever read or listened to. Verghese wrote a masterpiece and Sunil Milhotra was the perfect narrator for the work. This is my first review (and probably my 100th audio book!) but I wanted to pay homage to such a brilliant collaboration. Please Mr. Verghese, get us another book SOON!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Delani 11-10-09
    Delani 11-10-09
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    "Dr. DK in Canada loved this book."

    This is truly one of the best books I have read/listened to. the story spans 50 years and tells a great tale of life. the medicine is correct and only adds to the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about life. I will read it again

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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