Written By: Abraham Verghese

Narrated By: Sunil Malhotra

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.


  • Shari Kaminsky

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Melissa M.

    This must truly be one of the most wonderful books i have ever read (I have actually read it as well as listened) It is exquisite - the writing, the story, the characters in it - absolutely extraordinary. Dr Verghese writes from the depth of his spirit and vision - one follows the story wholly engaged with heart and mind - a rare and wonderful experience. And as for the narration- Sunil Malhotra catches every nuance of feeling, of expression so absolutely perfectly. One feels as if he lives through the voice and soul of each character. The beauty and depth of the writing is matched word for word by his profoundly sensitive narration. An amazing experience.

  • Anonymous

    Good book but very slow. For a non health professional there is too much detail on surgeries and other medical infomation. Narration was slow

  • Charles R.

    I loved this book and the narrator. I have worked in the operating rooms for many years in various capacities. I even worked at the University of Colorado Medical Center while Dr. Thomas Starzl was doing his “pioneering work establishing the field of liver transplant surgery.” He was a very gifted surgeon.

  • Lisa K.

    Amazing! This is a must read!!!

  • 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.

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