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Cutting for Stone: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Abraham Verghese

Narrated By: Sunil Malhotra

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2009

Duration: 24 hours 0 minutes


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.

From the Compact Disc edition.


  • Kerry O

    Excellent story,well written. I hope to hear more of Abraham's books.

  • Pam W

    Simply adored this book and the narration. What a truly lovely and touching story. Still thinking of the characters weeks after completing it.

  • Delphine D

    This was amazing story and the narrator was fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Janet O.

    Could not enjoy more. The narrator is sensational.

  • cassie morrissy

    I tried....I really did. I read the reviews and do not understand the love. Couldn't get past a couple hours.

  • Paula Thomson

    Best book i've read in a long time. Character are real and they infiltrate your mind, I felt alone once finished. he ties up every little detail, and does so with flair.

  • Donna Surhoff

    Beautifully written and narrated. This novel spans a few continents with a solid cast of characters. I could not stop listening.

  • curious

    Very well written and interesting book. A little slow at times but kept me interested and wondering all through it. End was a little less interesting but still ok. Learned a lot about Ethiopia and its history by reading it. A little too graphic in some of medical proceedures but I did not listen to that too closely.

  • Shari Kaminsky

    This was so beautifully and lovingly written. I need to see more of Verghese's books. I could not stop listening.

  • Aimee Guy

    Beautifully written and narrated. A very well crafted story that comes full circle.

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