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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | [Abraham Verghese]

Cutting for Stone: A Novel

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.
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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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    Mary columbusq, GA, United States 03-27-11
    Mary columbusq, GA, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    Sunil Malhotra did a super job. Loved the story, made me tear up a couple of times. Great listen.

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    Terri Baltimore, MD, United States 03-27-11
    Terri Baltimore, MD, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    This amazing epic had me in tears, torn between the desire to succumb to a great emotional deluge and the effort to appear professional in my little cubical at work.
    Anyone with the desire to experience what it would feel like to walk in the shoes of a person, whose life seems foreign, will find universal similarities that may have one rethinking how we view others. Unexpected twists and divergent paths send the reader simultaneously inside the mind of the narrator and reliving religious and political landmarks of the 20th century. Culminating in the reunion of family and friends bonded and alienated by passion and mistakes made during extraordinary circumstances. Deep personal growth, love and devotion, feels to me, the heart of this brilliant narrative. After hearing this story told to me by a voice one could believe is none other than the protagonist, I am now searching for more audio books read by the voice of Sunil Malhotra.

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    Paula Atlanta, GA, United States 03-24-11
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    "Not to be missed"

    This narrator, Sunil Malhotra, with this author and these words - it's a world to live in and an experienced not to be missed. If you've any doubt, listen to Verghese read on YouTube. He's put medicine, the depths of humanity, Ethiopia, the Bronx, and characters richly developed that you cannot forget together in a novel that changes your world.

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    Liz CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 03-23-11
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    "Beautiful - and beautifully read"

    Cutting for Stone is a masterpiece that deals deftly with issues of family, belonging, obligation, and love in ways that are both unexpected and poignant. This is a wonderful story that captivates from beginning to end. Sunil Malhotra does an excellent job with the narration. A must listen!

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    "Really good, especially good for physicians"

    Outstanding writing and talented narration. Great story, very well told. Anyone who enjoys good fiction with any sort of healthcare exposure will enjoy this. The humanity of healthcare providers and administrators, people with missionary experience will appreciate the insights of this author. Church people who support overseas mission work should also enjoy this.

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    Karen franklin, TN, United States 03-22-11
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    "Boring and Slow"

    It was all I could do to force myself to listen to this never ending book. To be fair, parts of it were interesting and captured my attention, but for the most part, I kept fast forwarding hoping to find a piece of those sections...way too much focus spent on medical procedures and jargon. Some of the characters developed well (after many rewinds to remind myself who was who), but overall, it was a long book without much emotional depth. I believe it'd turned out better had they cut out (play on words) much of the droning surgical details and focused more on character development...of all the people, but just one of the twins.

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    Lpb 03-13-11
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    "Out of Africa into Fort Collins."

    A wonderful story about people, a country, customs, medicine, and love. A long novel with complex life situations and their affects on family and friends. The narrator was an excellent reader and brought the story to life and kept my interest from beginning to end. Highly recommend it.......

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    Patricia Strathford, PE, Canada 03-13-11
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    "Excellent - for insomnia"

    Everyone I've talked to about this book says they loved it. The reviews here are good. But... I just can not get into it! I'm halfway through and this is the longest it's taken me to get through a book. Ever. Even if the story itself is good, I can't tell. The narration is mindblowingly BORING!! *!bold, underline!*. I can't listen to it for long, because it literally puts me to sleep. Maybe this is one of those rare times reading the hardcopy would have been better.

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-13-11
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-13-11 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Some great stuff..."

    The drama can be really over the top at times in ways that reminds one of the less crafted scenes of Thomas Wolfe (much harder to enjoy in age than in youth), but the characters, like Wolfe's, are expertly drawn and vivid, and there are strange elements that even puts one in mind of Irving, particularly in The World According To Garp.

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    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 03-09-11
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    "One of the Best"

    This is the perfect book to listen to. I am very picky about the narrators I choose to listen to and though I did not read the book I truly believe that the author and narrator are a perfect match here.
    I thought it started out a bit slow but still I listened and I am very glad I did. I will purchase the book just to "re-read" some of the passages that not only moved me but made me want to ponder them a bit longer. Thank you Audible for making this book affordable otherwise I might have missed it and that would have been a shame.

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