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
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.
i find it surprising that this book does not have a 5 star average. yes 4.4 is very good but this is a near perfect audio book. this is without a doubt the best narrated audio book i've listened to. additionally its a great great story. cant imagine anyone would be disappointed with this novel.
This was a wonderful story. That said, it's rare that I wish a book would come abridged but this would be one. There were many times I felt the narration needed paring down, particularly the first third of the book.
This was a book from my book club, the first hour or so; not so good. After that Fantastic! Enjoyed it all the way through.
I must be honest, I had to keep starting this over and over in order to finally get into it. But once I did it picked up fast and held my attention. I'm still debating on whether or not I would listen to it again but I would certainly recommend it because it is a very good and interesting story!
A well written and well read tragic love story wrapped in a comic masterpiece. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it's been added to my list of "listen again" books. Don't be discouraged by the Indian narrator, he reads beautifully and with great expression. A few small pronunciation slip ups do nothing to hinder the story line and endear you to the character, and the pace and pitch are just great.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were rich and interesting and the story writing was wonderful. I highly recommend.
Wonderful to listen to as the author takes you through the lives of twins and all those who imprinted on them. Was unable to stop listening!!!
I enjoyed this book. I have read other reviews where they say it goes back and forth, I enjoyed the present/past. I was always eager to see Shiva and Marion' new development. I enjoyed it so much and the details of food, places and feelings were so extraordinary, that I am currently looking for a local traditional African restaurant to see what they experienced in this novel.
Looking forward to another book by this author.
Adams Consulting Group
Suni Malhotra brings this story into vivid view, has his voice age with the character, and made me feel the main character was conversing over a cup of tea. His dramatic expertise coupled with the gifted language and story by Abraham Verghese inspired me to listen a second time! I HIGHLY recommend this audio.
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