Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
This is the fourth time I've read this book, and it has certainly now jumped to the top of my all time favorite list. Our book club will be discussing this one in January and I couldn't hold myself back from reading and listening to it again. Both versions are wonderful, and as I read it over the past three weeks, I never once got even the least bit bored. Here's the link to the original review I wrote in April 2010. It still says exactly what I'd say today. If you haven't read this one, or you thought you didn't like it when you did, you owe it to yourself to get this one and read it.
This book is long. It is 18 discs on audio (almost 24 hours of extremely well narrated story read by Sunil Malhotra) and 688 pages in print. It is difficult to do it justice in a review because, although written as a fictional narrative memoir, it is a novel with a spectacular ending that deserves not to be spoiled.
It is a story that is engrossing, exciting, appealing, easy to read and extremely difficult to put down. It is also one that I will want to read again and again. In both its print and its audio versions it is a story not soon to be forgotten. It is simply one of the best books I've ever read.