Cutting for Stone

A Novel

Verghese, A.

(Downloadable Audiobook - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cutting for Stone
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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415962138
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
Additional Contributors: Malhotra, Sunil
OverDrive, Inc


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Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, Marion and Shiva Stone are 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.

Marion, fresh out of medical school, flees Ethiopia and 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 truste... Read More »

Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Wonderful epic family saga involving conjoined twins that are separated, their mother, a nun, their surgeon father who abandons them, and how, as adults, the past must be faced and reconciled.

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Jan 26, 2015
  • jennab4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW. I loved this book. I was completed captivated. I agree with one of the comments below, the narrator on the audio CD's is outstanding. An absolute must read.

Yes, absolutely, a five star book. I too struggled to get through this tome, but is was so fabulous! Helps if you have some interest in the medical field. But I have such a depth of perspective now that I did not have before - about each location, about people and relationships, about youth and age. Just a most amazing book. The narrator truly is outstanding. Every accent, every character a different tone of voice. Exceptional book to read/listen to. Highly recommended. I did have to check it out 5 times to get through it however!

This was an excellent audio-book. The narrator was exceptional. At first I thought it might drag a bit because of all the detail. After getting into it further, I realized it was all necessary to make the plot complete. I'm glad I persisted and listened to the entire book.

Five stars for this author and his book.

Jul 08, 2014
  • bnotash70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the reader and the book! Story of conjoined twin boys, cut apart at birth, the mother dying right after, the father/surgeon instantly leaving the country, and the two doctors who saved them during the birth raising them.

Jan 13, 2014
  • wendydunder rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

riveting all the way through. I listened as a recorded book . The narrator was perfect.

This was a very long book. Since I listened to it on CD I was able to really enjoy the journey of the characters. It was well written and so vividly described. Loved it.

Aug 14, 2013
  • librarylizzard rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I listened to this on CD at the recommendation of a coworker and many customers. I was not disappointed - the novel centered on subject matter outside my usual comfort zone (Ethiopia, an underprivileged hospitals, military coups, etc.). I was furious at Marion for some of the silly decisions he made regarding a certain female character, but the story overall captivated and educated me. Well worth it, and especially as an audiobook because the narration is superb.

Oct 03, 2012
  • Spring01 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I listed to CD and in # 3 I took it back to the library. This book was not for me. I am glad some liked it.

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