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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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  • Laura
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 11-30-10

Stunning story and perfect narration

It’s a double pleasure to experience a book that is both a fascinating story and educational, and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is both of these. It is a lesson in history, medicine, and sociology, as well a thoroughly engaging and beautifully written tale. There are a few times when the writing becomes a bit mired in details, but overall every word is carefully selected to create vivid images in the listener's mind. I forgot that I was learning new facts about surgery and Ethiopia because I was so wrapped up in the beautiful story.

I am glad I listened to this book instead of reading it. Sunil Malhotra’s perfectly accented narration brings an authenticity to the characters that makes me want to know them in real life. This book really made me appreciate a great narrator, something I hadn't realized the importance of previously.

I've been recommending this book to friends from just after starting it, and I'm glad to say that now that I've reached the end, I can stand by that recommendation.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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My new number 1

Touching, moving, amazing. I couldn't do anything but listen to this book for the past two days. There are many amazing snippets of philosophy. I loved it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • LouBird
  • Arlington, VA USA
  • 06-12-10


This is a great listen. The story is fascinating and the narrator excellent. Lots of medical discussion set mostly in the 1940's to late 60's. It is long but kept my interest the entire book. Sad to see it finish.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia
  • Centennial, CO, USA
  • 06-04-10


This audio book is definitely in my top 5. Moving, compelling, clear...fantastic writing and narration! Highly recommend this one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Shelley
  • North Saanich, BC, Canada
  • 04-25-10

Cutting for Stone

I have been listening to audio books for quie a few years now and this is one of the best!!! I am now nearing the end of it and I am trying not to listen to it so often. A sure fire sign that is is an amazing book and exceptionally well read.

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Bravo !

An engaging story, beautifully narrated. Set at a surgery theatre in an Ethiopian mission and then at a New York hospital, it follows the lives of twins, and one in particular, from his difficult birth forward. I had been intrigued after hearing the author on Terry Gross' Fresh Air. It's so nicely done, I'll sometimes choose it over music on my iPod. This would be my pick for novel of the year. If he writes a sequel, I'm very interested.

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  • Lisa
  • walnut creek, CA, USA
  • 03-04-10

A Nurse loves Cutting for Stone.

A great epic story that started out slowly for me, but took off and I was hooked. I enjoyed every time I got into the car for a long drive. I saved my credits for two months to get this gem! The medical and surgical descriptions were quite detailed and might not be for all readers.

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  • Anita
  • San francisco, CA, USA
  • 03-02-10

Loved it!

Probably one of my new top 10 books of the past few years. Engagingly brilliant book and wonderful narration....couldn't stop listening to it...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling, deeply moving, erudite

This deeply moving, fascinating story took my breath away. Taking place in Ethopia and the US, it moves seamlessly between characters and across time. It touches on all the important topics: love, the meaning of family, what important work can mean. The complex plot twists make sense. It is beautifully, perfectly read. I've listened to many many books on Audible and I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

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Dr. DK in Canada loved this book.

This is truly one of the best books I have read/listened to. the story spans 50 years and tells a great tale of life. the medicine is correct and only adds to the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about life. I will read it again

5 of 5 people found this review helpful