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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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    BL Royal Oak, MI, United States 08-10-12
    BL Royal Oak, MI, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot

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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about Cutting for Stone?

    Author - Abraham Verghese writes with feeling and compassion. I learned to love the all the characters who inhabit this wonderful novel.


    What other book might you compare Cutting for Stone to and why?

    None can compare, really.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many! but I relish every scene with "Gosh"


    Who was the most memorable character of Cutting for Stone and why?

    Gosh, His deep love of people, his family, and his marvelous sense of fun and enjoyment of life. All traits to be admired.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this was a first "novel" for this author; I hope he will do many more.

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    Rachel 08-07-12
    Rachel 08-07-12
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cutting for Stone to be better than the print version?

    This is a long book, perfect for a 4 day road trip! My husband and I thouroughly enjoyed this story, and the narration was very good!


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    Ben 07-17-12
    Ben 07-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    The story is told with interesting chapters and in a linear manner. But the story line is braided, and the various stories, while progressing in a linear fashion, are beautiful individually and as a combined story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the characters


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

    Pace


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I am my brother's keeper


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    Anneliis SALEM, OR, United States 07-15-12
    Anneliis SALEM, OR, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow"
    What did you love best about Cutting for Stone?

    The reader is very talented with his accents.


    Would you recommend Cutting for Stone to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Sunil Malhotra – was your favorite?

    Ghosh


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of the medical stuff. Also exclaimed out loud several times at various intersing twists in the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing story. Reminds me of John Irving novels with a taste of Poisonwood Bible. Might be easier to relate to if you have a medical background. It's about conjoined twins who are surgically separated at birth (which kills their mother who is a nun). They grow up at a mission hospital in Ethiopia, raised by adoptive parents who are both surgeons.

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    Nancy 06-26-12
    Nancy 06-26-12
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    "ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT!"

    It is difficult for me to "spend" two credits on one book...this one was worth ten credits! The narrater had a wonderful smooth warm voice and the whole story line is smooth and flowing...a wonderful story. I am very tempted to start right back at the beginning and listen to the whole thing again; it was that good.

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    Dana Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-21-12
    Dana Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-21-12
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    "My first Audiobook - I LOVED this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

    This was a book group selection and I downloaded it as I didn't have time to read it. Not only did I love the story but I think Sunil Malhotra did an amazing job narrating. Each of his accents were so well done, I felt this was a big part of why I loved listening to it so much. The story is phenomenal!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister Mary Joseph Praise. What a patient and perfect woman! I would have loved to know her as a mother.


    What about Sunil Malhotra’s performance did you like?

    The accents were perfect. He relayed emotions and comedy very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to list!


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    KeenTyro 06-19-12
    KeenTyro 06-19-12

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    "One of my top 3 favorites ever"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most powerful novels I have ever read. 5 stars in all 3 Audible categories, with no doubt. While rating this, I compared it, in terms of my all-time favorites, with The Help and I had to go back and change the Story rating on it to a 4 because I think Cutting outshines the story. Cutting is powerful, intelligent and a most enjoyable read and I own both the print and audio versions. I'm always amazed when it is not in the top picks but perhaps that's because it is not a new release. <br/><br/>For those comparing tastes, Jim Dale's Harry Potter will remain my ultimate favorite. There are not enough stars to rate the audio versions of Rowling's books. In my opinion, the skills of both the writer and the performer are beyond compare. The quality of Cutting though, is darned close and what a joy it is to find works--of any genre--that come into contention.

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    J. Fitch 06-19-12
    J. Fitch 06-19-12
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    "another movie for sure!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

    The story is excellent - thank you Abraham V. and the reader was wonderful - thank you Sunil M. I will look for the two of you again.


    What other book might you compare Cutting for Stone to and why?

    I would compare this book to Kite Runner for its depth of emotion and gut wrenching story at times (I'm a crier.)


    What about Sunil Malhotra’s performance did you like?

    He was perfectly loveable as Marion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried at the sad points (and happy ones too probably).


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely worth your credit. If you enjoy well written stories that are hard to put down, get this one!

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    PDN coach Decatur, Illinois USA 06-13-12
    PDN coach Decatur, Illinois USA 06-13-12 Member Since 2007

    PDN Coach

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    "Outstanding story and great writing!"

    One of the best novels I've read (listened to) in recent years. Great narration, too.

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    Drinker Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 06-07-12
    Drinker Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The power of five to the three ***** ***** *****"

    An enthralling tale which will make you unabashedly weep in the car, hold your breath with heart pounding attention and smile for the beauty and intelligence of the writing, this is a brilliantly narrated story, brilliantly written, and one that will ultimately sentence you to sitting in the parking lot because you can not shut it off... and then there is the character development... don't get me started... best thing I've "read" since "The Help"!...

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