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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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  • Marie
  • Alexandia, VA, United States
  • 05-29-12

Very Good

What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

I know Africa. I have lived there and now live in the US. I can completely relate to everything the writer said...the food, smells, culture, and the people. It was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor

What about Sunil Malhotra’s performance did you like?

Sunil was challenged with telling a story that straddled multiple cultures and continents. He did so remarkably well.

If you could take any character from Cutting for Stone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Gosh...I am not sure how to spell the name. I heard, not read the story.

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Epic, this book has everything....

If you could sum up Cutting for Stone in three words, what would they be?

Moving, engaging, heartfelt

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

Not sure, but it's so sweeping, story of migration, circumstance, the little twists in a life that change everything that comes after...wonderful characters you get to know.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many and all so interwoven, maybe when Thomas Stone shows up in the operating room during the liver repair, you know he will reappear but this is just an amazing re-entry.

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

When Marion finds out that Shiva told Hema everything on their way to New York.

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Breathtaking

Where does Cutting for Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Cutting for Stone is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cutting for Stone?

"Screw your courage to the sticking place!!"

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

Ghosh

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

Shiva, because the was the most interesting character who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. Worth every second of listening time.

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  • TSN
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-27-12

Beautifully written and narrated!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The story is unique, wonderful and extremely well written. The narrator does an excellent job with accents and story telling. I cannot remember a narrator I enjoyed listening more.

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Don't miss this book!

I just re-listened to this book for the 3rd time. The story and the characters are all so rich and moving. I'm hoping Mr. Verghese writes another book soon!

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Fascinating story - best book in a long time

This is a wonderful story full of twists and turns, wonderfully developed characters and a sense of the sacred in ordinary things. I loved this book! In fact, right after finishing it, I went right back to the beginning to listen to the first 1/3 of the book again. I wanted to hear it again knowing what I then knew.

I was never bored with this book. The narrator is wonderful, his use of accents (which can be very tricky) was right on target. It really added to the story. This is an exceptional story told by someone who is obviously in the medical field. But instead of feeling like an outsider, the reader is drawn into that field and feels along with the surgeon. And that is just a tiny part of what makes this redemptive story so special. Great book!

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  • David
  • Salinas, CA, United States
  • 04-17-12

Just OK

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

A decent story, but spent a lot of time on medical details that may be interesting if you're in that profession but weren't to me. Well narrated.

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  • Sally
  • moscow, ID, United States
  • 04-07-12

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

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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Continuesly interesting

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