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