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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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    Bree 08-11-11
    Bree 08-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent book, abridged version please!"

    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.

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    Toni Wheaton, IL, United States 08-08-11
    Toni Wheaton, IL, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    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.

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    cassandra Brandywine, MD, United States 07-30-11
    cassandra Brandywine, MD, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good one!"

    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!

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    Ember Rayne 07-20-11
    Ember Rayne 07-20-11
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    "Wonderful listen!"

    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.

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    C. Arlington, MA, United States 07-17-11
    C. Arlington, MA, United States 07-17-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Riveting story"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were rich and interesting and the story writing was wonderful. I highly recommend.

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    Kathleen philadelphia, PA, United States 07-02-11
    Kathleen philadelphia, PA, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "cutting for stone"

    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!!!

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    UG 06-30-11
    UG 06-30-11
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    "WONDERFUL BOOK"

    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.

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    Terry Princeton, NJ, United States 06-29-11
    Terry Princeton, NJ, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Narrator is Superb!"

    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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    Gerald Exeter, CA, United States 06-28-11
    Gerald Exeter, CA, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2016
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    "A masterpiece about unusual people and events."

    Cutting for Stone is one of those books that rarely come along that is written about unusual people that we many can relate to and are intrigued by. The author does a great job with creating the storyline and developing the characters. Witch leads you though a very compelling story; one that I found harder to put down as the story continued. This book does tell a story that could have really happened. With all the well written descriptions that bring the reader into the situation as though you are really there. Descriptions that sometimes led me to searching out the meaning or places on the web. Not that this was a need to read the book, but because the story engaged and pushed me to learn more.
    This is one of those books that will occupy a special place ing my memory, as one of the best books I have ever read.
    The reader did a fantastic job in bring this book to life, and his accent just added to the flavor and enjoyment of the book.

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    criswithcurls Shanghai, China 06-23-11
    criswithcurls Shanghai, China 06-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Cutting for Stone-5 Stars!"

    This is not only a fantastic book but a sensational narration as well! I was initially put off by his female character's voices, I was terribly annoyed and felt they were unrealistic, but I eventually grew to abide it and then appreciate his talent. Do not be put off by fear of medical jargon or the book's length (I myself love longer books)-this book will keep you on the edge of your car seat! It is fascinating and rich in detail. The character's are all well rounded and very real. I cannot wait for another book by Abraham Verghese!

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