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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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    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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    Meagan vR Ohio 09-23-11
    Meagan vR Ohio 09-23-11 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Long, interesting story"

    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!

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    Vickie Pulaski, VA, United States 09-22-11
    Vickie Pulaski, VA, United States 09-22-11
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    "Great Read!"

    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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    Adams Wellington, NV, United States 09-20-11
    Adams Wellington, NV, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Cutting for Stone was wonderfully written & read"

    I am not a huge reader so to speak, but a audio book listener. I commute to work so a good story along with an entertaining narrator makes the drive seem short and sometimes even cause me to drive around the block a few extra times. This story had me laughing, crying, cringing and feeling hope for humanity. Cutting for Stone is definitely one I will keep in my library for relistening.

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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 09-13-11
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, exquisite narration"

    The story by Abraham Verghese is great. You can read countless reviews saying so. What I can't emphasize enough is that the partnership of Verghese's story with Sunil Malhotra's superb narration is phenomenal. Sunil Malhotra has a rich, warm voice, the perfect accent and perfect enunciation. An absolute pleasure to listen to!

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    L M. Jones 09-13-11
    L M. Jones 09-13-11
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    "Stone Cutting For Stone"

    Absolutely wonderful read! I did not want the story to end. The narrator was was incredible!

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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 09-09-11
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 09-09-11
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    "Simply excellent"

    I'm not a big fan of contemporary fiction but this one is simply excellent. It's both well written and interesting.

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    Wagner Pittsford, NY, United States 09-07-11
    Wagner Pittsford, NY, United States 09-07-11
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    "Extremely absorbing by Janet sept. 2011"

    It has been a very long time since i have read a book that was so well written, so well narrated that i felt that i was living in the story. The characters were so real that i had to keep reminding myself that this is a novel and not a memoir. I cried when Gosh died and when Marion was so very ill. I did not want the tale to end.

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    fred greensboro nc 09-05-11
    fred greensboro nc 09-05-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Long and complicated but worth it"

    This is a very long and complicated book that follows the fabulous and often tragic lives of a remarkable extended family across many continents. The underlying theme of this book is related to the Hippocratic Oath and the service that medical professionals offer throughout the world; serving across skin color, religion, economic standing. Set against early and mid-20th century India and Africa the listener marvels at the personal fortitude of various characters who encounter MANY obstacles throughout their lives. This is a long book so yes, we even follow them into the 21st century too. A good book is hard to put down and that's what happened to me with Cutting For Stone...I subtracted one star for listening length (maybe you should do the same to me for the length of this review!).

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    Shelly La Mesa, CA, United States 08-12-11
    Shelly La Mesa, CA, United States 08-12-11
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    "More stars please *******"

    Any review I write on this book will not do it justice. Abraham Verghese is an EXCELLENT writer. I love his writing style, his characters and his obvious passion for his career. If his two other books (My own Country or a Tennis Partner), were available on audible or on e-books, I would have already read them. I just cannot say enough about the author. As for the characters and the story, just incredible. I loved every minute of following these boys and their family and extended family through their lives. I found myself getting depressed when I only had 10 hours left in this book!!! I wanted it to never end. As for the narrator, Sunil has made his way to my top 3 narrators now. He was perfect for this book and I wouldn't have enjoyed it on audiobook nearly as much without him. If you like long, detailed stories about "real" feeling character then try this book. It has found its place to number 1 on my all time favorite novels.

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