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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

This book was painfully slow for me. So many words, so little story. I listened to this one. It was split into two parts. At one point I lost my place and went through the process of skipping around the audio until I found my place. I thought I was successful and continued to listen only to find that I had picked a place about 30% further into the book than I had actually been. Now, here's where it gets sad- I didn't miss a thing! I picked it right up and was able to finish without missing a beat. I did go back and listen to what I had skipped and it filled in a few blank spots but the real point is that I shouldn't have been able to skip so much out of the middle of the book and still come away with the same opinion. I have seen this one get some very high ratings and it has appeared on multiple book lists, keeping company with books I adore, but as far as I'm concerned- this was an eye-bleeding experience that I'm happy to put behind me.

You will find an official description of the plot line at: 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3591262-cutting-for-stone .

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