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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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    Sally moscow, ID, United States 04-07-12
    Sally moscow, ID, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An amazing read!"

    If you like books that involve different cultures and world locations, you will like this book. If you love character development and historical novels you will love this book.
    Skip it if you like westerns and romance novels. This is the best book I have read/listened to in close to a year (and I read a lot). The narrator did a fantastic job and the story is phenom!

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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 04-05-12
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2017

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "Beautiful, Awesome, Wonderful Story"

    A wonderful novel to hear, the narrator captured the spirit of the characters and I felt I had known each of these remarkable people! Thank you Audibles!

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    johnhalfen 03-27-12
    johnhalfen 03-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Continuesly interesting"

    Interesting story that incorporates a history of Ethiopia. It is believeable with very interesting twists.

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    Henrietta Basehor, KS, United States 03-21-12
    Henrietta Basehor, KS, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Heard While Driving Through Addis Streets"
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    I have lived in Ethiopia for nearly seven years, and I listened to the book while driving through the streets of Adds each day. The book stole my heart and mind, and caused me to reflect on the beauty of life here. I'm sad it is over, and I am waiting for more.

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    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 03-21-12
    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the Price!"

    Add my name to the list of listeners who loved this audiobook! I purchased this book based on a recommendation from a friend who read the hard cover. I was not disappointed for a second in the audiobook. The story is captivating and wonderfully read by the narrator. I could not stop listening, even when it was time to get out of the car, or get off the treadmill, or go into the office, etc. There is a reason for the high ratings given this audiobook by Audible members. Loved it!

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    menary kitchen 03-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliant and amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

    this story kept me hooked through the whole thing. the characters are well written and read. the story is nothing less than spellbinding. i rarely write a review but this one, i felt deserved special acknowledgement


    What does Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    being able to fulfill the characters dialects helps


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    Elias BRISTOW, VA, United States 03-12-12
    Elias BRISTOW, VA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "If you grew up in Ethiopia...you should read this"
    What did you love best about Cutting for Stone?

    The story..the characters ...the setting...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything...I listened to the book while driving. I hated it when I got to my destination as it meant that I had to stop listening to this wonderful story telling book. The characters in the book were depicted quiet well. I was sad or happy by the events in the book.


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    The book was suggested to me by a Co-Worker. She has never been to Ethiopia before, but she knew that I am originally from Ethiopia. I loved the book. I was surprised when I also found out that my supervisor (a gamer: World of Warcraft and a non-fiction addict) loved it. He also stated that he was sitting in his car for a good stopping point. If yo u grew up in Ethiopia, you must read Cutting for Stone. And if you did not grew up in Ethiopia, you must read Cutting for Stone. You will be absorbed by this book and will learn some things about Addis Ababa.

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    K. G. Bates Los Angeles, CA United States 03-10-12
    K. G. Bates Los Angeles, CA United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Keep Returning to This Book"

    One of the very best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Suni Malhotra gave a brilliant performance--tone, nuance, pacing were all perfect. Some friends thought the beginning was a tad slow, but consider it a warmup--Verghese is easing you into this amazing epic.
    Every time I see the cover of this wonderful book I punch myself for not having picked it up sooner. It's the kind of book you alternately refuse to put down--because you can't--and then deliberately put own, to prolong the inevitable time when the book must end. This is a bad analogy, but it's kind of like Gone With The Wind: memorable characters, romance all against the backdrop of a seismic change in history. Don't listen to me rave--download this book and let it wash over you. You won't be sorry.

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    Andrew 03-10-12
    Andrew 03-10-12

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    "Should be a third the size"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    My main complaint about this book is how it drug on in the first full third of the book with descriptions and back stories so random and self indulging that I skipped huge parts of the book - especially the first third of it - and that made it better. The main character was a bit strange and not as likable as he should have been. Overall, though, it is a fairly interesting story and the setting and background is quite unique.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Only moderately.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    At times he does but the author loses sight of the action of the story and the plot at times.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator was quite excellent - one aspect of this book that didn't need improvement.


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    Moved around 02-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend. Story was very engaging, narration first rate


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unfolding of the story


    What about Sunil Malhotra???s performance did you like?

    Narration was excellent...brought the characters to life


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