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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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    Elana 02-20-12
    Elana 02-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    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 02-17-12
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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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    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.


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    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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    Laurie Powell, OH, United States 01-02-12
    Laurie Powell, OH, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "loved the book"
    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    I will most certainly listen to this book again. I enjoy books which help me understand cultures other than my own. This book took me inside of an Ethiopian world which I would otherwise never experience. I found the medical descriptions authentic & fascinating in particular because I have physicians in my family and understand that brilliant minds do not always fit in well with the world.Also, having friends who are refugees and immigrants and what people sacrifice for a life in the US always humbles me.


    What other book might you compare Cutting for Stone to and why?

    Primarily because of the twin theme I would compare this book to I know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. The honesty and tone of the book are also comparable.


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    Margaret S. 12-04-11
    Margaret S. 12-04-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

    This is one of the best books ever. I couldn't wait to listen to the book. The characters become part of your family they are so real. I am disappointed that there are not more books to listen to.


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