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
Hugely satisfying listen and equally satisfying read. The performance brings out the flavor of the novel and creates an atmosphere that is wholly tangible. As entertaining as it is informative. Cannot recommend it more highly.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
Despite the exotic locales, the characters in "Cutting for Stone" are so real, and because of the exotic locales, there is a refreshing twist throughout the novel that never grows stale. While there are many grim moments in this book, there are also myriad heart-warming moments. It is an emotional story, but there is a balance of hard and soft. Sunil Malhotra is great at conveying the essence of each character. I had a hard time breaking away from this book whenever reality called. I can't think of another work of contemporary fiction that has captivated and touch me as much as "Cutting or Stone."
This profound story stays with you. It spans continents and decades. It was a fascinating book that I learned a lot from. I recommend it to my book club and they all were really drawn to it as well.
This book felt like 3 books in one with climactic event after event which kept me eager for more. Though it is the story of one family, to me, the title, 'Cutting for Stone' referred to something different with each section as I kept asking myself what it meant.
There are so many interesting facets to this novel - from the intricate surgical descriptions to the political unrest of their country to the deep relationship between brothers Marion and Shiva. It ultimately inspires forgiveness and love with its lessons of family and courage.
I didn't want it to end and will listen to this one again. It definitely comes highly recommended from me. Happy listening.
Best AUDIO book I have heard in 2 decades! The reader, Sunil Malhotra, has the perfect accent for this great story, really giving life to the characters. Character development is near genius. It never seemed like a novel --- must be a true story.
The story takes many tangents, which, at first, may seem like distractions, but just wait, those little side-tales all work so well in building a terrific package.
This is the quickest 24 hours of listening. I wanted more. I sat through a 24-hour performance and I wanted more? I wanted to meet the author. I wanted to meet the reader! I wanted him to just keep talking to me. Now I am shopping for anything else written by this author. I am also shopping for whatever else the reader has out there.
This was such a good book with so many interesting characters. The narrator was perfect, especially when the characters were animated in anger or in funny situations. His delivery was so good on all of the characters. Even though it was a long book I could definitely listen to this one again! I really didn't want it to end. There were so many interesting twists and turns to the story. A really worthwhile download!
I never thought I would listen to an audio book that was better than "The Unbroken." Wrong again. "Cutting for Stone" is exceptional in every way. Great story, meaningful story, causes you to think about your own life, exceptional book reader. Simply wow and worth reading.
The story line in this book was very interesting and unique. The unfortunate thing about the book is that the writer went off in many different directions in the plot and was extremely wordy. Once I got to about Chapter 25 the book moved faster because it did not drag as much. I feel that it was easier for me to get through the book because the narrator was excellent. If you have a lot of free time this is the book for you.
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Cutting for Stone is a really great listen. The story is really interesting and the reader is spectacular with all of the necessary voices and dialects. It can, at times, be a little slow and the subject matter and setting very abstract. But once you get into the story and learn about the characters it is humorous, interesting, enlightening, and at times sad. Highly recommend!
This is a fantastic book. The narrator is perfect for the story. Some may find the medical details too much but they are an important part of the story. My book club loved this book and I was glad I could have both the printed copy and audible . Actually enjoyed the audio more as at times the story is heavy and moves fast.
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