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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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    Andrew 03-10-12
    Andrew 03-10-12

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    "Should be a third the size"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    My main complaint about this book is how it drug on in the first full third of the book with descriptions and back stories so random and self indulging that I skipped huge parts of the book - especially the first third of it - and that made it better. The main character was a bit strange and not as likable as he should have been. Overall, though, it is a fairly interesting story and the setting and background is quite unique.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Only moderately.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    At times he does but the author loses sight of the action of the story and the plot at times.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator was quite excellent - one aspect of this book that didn't need improvement.


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    Moved around 02-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend. Story was very engaging, narration first rate


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unfolding of the story


    What about Sunil Malhotra???s performance did you like?

    Narration was excellent...brought the characters to life


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    Elana 02-20-12
    Elana 02-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This book has it all"

    This is a must read. I was truly pleased with this choice. The story introduces the reader to many exotic locales bringing them and the people who occupy the landscape to life. Characters are well developed and one comes to care about them. Mystery, love, struggle, family friction - it's all here. And the reader is perfect for this book. He brings you in and holds you. If I had a criticism, it would be that some of the medical descriptions were more than I thought was needed but it never detracted from the many positive aspects of this novel.

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    DermGirl United States 02-17-12
    DermGirl United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book, Fantastic Reading"
    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    The language and story in this book are beautiful. Sunil Malhotra brings the characters to life with beautiful accent and oratorical style. This book is a must!


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    Connie G St. John, KS. 02-14-12
    Connie G St. John, KS. 02-14-12
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    "Compelling Story."

    Although I felt the story moved a little slow and was a little heavy on medical terms and procedures, I did get caught up in the family drama.

    I wasn't sure it would keep my attention, however, I found that it was hard for me to stop listening as I wanted to know what was next.

    The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed learning more about Ethiopia.

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    L. M. Roberts Southern California 02-13-12
    L. M. Roberts Southern California 02-13-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Engrossing"

    Mine downloaded in such a way that Part 2 was below Part 1 on the i-pod (and was labeled "Part 1." Anyway, I listened to Part 3 before Part 2 and TBH it didn't really matter. For those who don't like what earlier reviewers referred to as "too much backstory," you could probably skip Part 2 altogether.

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    MonicaDC Arlington, VA, United States 02-03-12
    MonicaDC Arlington, VA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Magnificent book, beautifully read. Perfect."

    I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. It's beautifully written, and read with perfection. The characters are interesting and complex, the setting intriguing, and the humanity ever present. Read/listen to this book now. Don't wait!!!

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    lisadee77 Newton, Ma. 01-29-12
    lisadee77 Newton, Ma. 01-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Always on the lookout for my next great read!

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    Such a complete and wonderful story with fully developed characters who you come to know and love... Really great!

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    Joanne Chicago, IL, United States 01-29-12
    Joanne Chicago, IL, United States 01-29-12
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    "Enjoyed every minute"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cutting for Stone to be better than the print version?

    Possibly, the reader Sunil Mahotra did a spectacular job


    What did you like best about this story?

    How well the characters were developed, the interplay with the real turmoil going on in that time period.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, got a thumbs up across the board from our book club both as an audio book and a good read. I have recommended it to others.

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    Jane R Taylor 01-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best We have listened to."
    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    Would go back and relisten in the future. The story was compelling but the performance was outstanding. Combined to be a 5 star entry


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