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Cutting for Stone Audiobook
Cutting for Stone
Written by: 
Abraham Verghese
Narrated by: 
Sunil Malhotra
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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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    megaira Denver 11-01-11
    megaira Denver 11-01-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent"

    Well told story. Some moments drag and the second half of the book is not as colorful as the first. I felt Marion was treading a little heavily (read: tromping on land mines) into his self-pity and outwards expression of bitterness.

    Contrasting painfully with the raw, graphic nature of some of the medical scenes in the book is the reiterated praise and longing for Ethiopian food. One minute I'm trying not to gag, the next I'm thinking "ooo Injera sounds SO good..." I even went so far as to make some.

    I feel it's worth a 1 credit purchase, but not 2. I'd wait for it on sale.

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    Sara R. Southern Arizona 10-31-11
    Sara R. Southern Arizona 10-31-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Mostly liked it"

    I mostly liked this book, I liked that it took place in Ethiopia, a place I knew relatively nothing about. I thought the characters were well developed and the story was worth telling, original elements and a good job at creating the ???place.??? I enjoyed the language and the detailed look the author imbued with flavor, color and texture.

    Cutting for Stone is a story of consequences. It comes off a bit on the preachy side, to my mind, an inordinate amount of unhappiness falls on people for singular sexual missteps.

    The story takes place in a mission hospital in Addis Ababa, a place that rolls off the tongue of the reader like poetry, lilting and lovely. The hospital is called Missing, because according to the author, Ethiopians have a hard time pronouncing mission. An Ethiopian filled out the paperwork to the government, and Missing it stayed.

    Like most mission hospitals, it is understaffed, under funded and overly abused by the local government. They managed to do some good medicine, that being defined by the fact that they would have none otherwise.

    Sister Mary Joseph Praise. A Carmelite nursing nun from India, sent by an overzealous mother superior to Ethiopia to give succor to the needy (like there aren???t enough needy people in India) and a companion nun set out. They are sent by cargo boat to save money on the passage. This is taking place just after Ghandi wrested India out of the hands of the English, so an English surgeon was on the boat, going to Ethiopia to ply his trade. They meet there initially and during a bout of some sort of illness he becomes aware of her skill.

    They part, and about a year later Sister Mary turns up at Missing. No questions are asked. Matron of Missing can use a well trained nurse, and Sister Mary becomes invaluable as an operating partner to Dr. Stone. Years roll on.

    Not to spoil everything. Twin sons are born, their birth is a precarious thing and they are almost crushed to death in the effort to spare the mother???s life. Dr. Stone, the father of the boys disappears.

    The boys grow and thrive. Another child is introduced into the mix, a girl. The foster parents are a sub-story that is lovely and well worth reading. A schism occurs and the boys are estranged, as well as the girl. The girl does something so incredibly stupid that it endangers the life of one of the young men, now in medical school. He must flee to the United States.

    He acquires his surgical training. I really want to leave it here, because anything else is an absolute spoiler.

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    Kristine Longmont, CO, United States 10-21-11
    Kristine Longmont, CO, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    "All 'round favorite--intelligent, entertaining +"

    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.

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    T. Japan 10-21-11
    T. Japan 10-21-11 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "the best modern fiction I've read in quite a while"

    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."

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    Jodi MORGANTOWN, WV, United States 10-20-11
    Jodi MORGANTOWN, WV, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Fascinating Read"

    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.

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    Carla CONCORD, CA, United States 10-19-11
    Carla CONCORD, CA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Exceptional story beautifully read"

    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.

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    BUSH PILOT CARMEL, IN, United States 10-10-11
    BUSH PILOT CARMEL, IN, United States 10-10-11
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    "The story is SO believable- the READER IS GREAT!!"

    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.

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    Kathy Dublin, OH, United States 10-10-11
    Kathy Dublin, OH, United States 10-10-11
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    "A really wonderful story!"

    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!

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    Anthony OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 09-29-11
    Anthony OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Exceptional Audio Book! Buy It"

    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.

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    lorin 09-25-11
    lorin 09-25-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Cutting for Stone: A very LONG Novel"

    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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