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- Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
- By: Amy Chua
- Narrated by: Julia Whelan
- Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most - the ones that people will kill and die for - are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles - capitalism vs. communism, democracy vs. authoritarianism, the "free world" vs. the "axis of evil" - we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy.
- By Bryanoutside on 03-15-18
If you listen or read nothing else in 2018, read Political Tribes.
I think this is one of the most important books I have ever read. I love how evenhanded Chua is on the problems of all on the political spectrum. And, I subscribe to her honest optimism in the epilogue.
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Cutting for Stone
- A Novel
- By: Abraham Verghese
- Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
- Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
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.
Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration
- By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09
Loved this book!
What did you love best about Cutting for Stone?
It is a story about finding, forgiving, and loving, family.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cutting for Stone?
Memorable moments abound: Hema challenging the pilot, Hema referring to Ghosh as "the father," Shiva and Marion (as young boys) helping patients, the death of Ghosh, Marion's realization that Thomas Stone had just stood beside him, and so many more.
What does Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I read the book first and wanted to enjoy it again and share it with a loved one. Sunil Malhotra gave a beautiful authentic voice to the characters (I now pronounce "Shiva" correctly!), but he didn't just do the Indian characters well--I loved his American accent, too.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Marion watches Thomas Stone lead a discussion with medical students and can barely contain his fury. At this point, he though he was over any pain caused by his missing father, but this reveals the truth and how deep and strong Marion is.
Any additional comments?
Not only is the story beautiful, I also learned more about Ethiopian history and medicine--I love when an enjoyable experience also results in an expanded world view. Additionally, considering the many meanings of "missing" in this novel is rather fun.