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Read By: Abraham Verghese Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 20.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 15.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781705070246

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

87

Longest Chapter Length:

49:17 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

21 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

21:34 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

2

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Publisher Description

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret

The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years.

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning—and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala’s Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl—and future matriarch, Big Ammachi—will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants.

A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the hardships undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. Imbued with humor, deep emotion, and the essence of life, it is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.

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"This amazing book tells a cultural intriguing. Wonderful story of India. If you want to learn many things about this country in an intriguing read, this is the book. There is tons of cultural information along with the story, and I learned so much in the most exciting way, rather than in a lecture type. Also, the voices are very true to the nature of the story, which to me is important if I am listening rather than reading. There are a few places that there is excessive detail, but as an a book one can skip a little bit of head and back into the line of the story. It took a long while for the story to connect, but when it did , it was intense and super interesting. Even the footnotes by the author were of keen interest, a truly recommended read/listen but be prepared for the length. Y"

— Animac (5 out of 5 stars)

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  • “Three generations of a South Indian family are marked by passions and peccadillos, conditions and ambitions, interventions both medical and divine…As in the bestselling and equally weighty Cutting for Stone, the fiction debut by Verghese (who’s also a physician), the medical procedures and advances play a central role—scenes of hand surgery and brain surgery are narrated with the same enthusiastic detail as scenes of lovemaking. A few times along this very long journey one may briefly wonder, Is all this really necessary? What a joy to say it is, to experience the exquisite, uniquely literary delight of all the pieces falling into place in a way one really did not see coming…By God, he’s done it again.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Covenant of Water Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 5 (4.67)
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Narration: 4.83333333333333 out of 54.83333333333333 out of 54.83333333333333 out of 54.83333333333333 out of 54.83333333333333 out of 5 (4.83)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It took me sometime to get into the story, but once i did, it was beautiful. great story, i could actually smell the air and the spices "

    — Nina, 4/9/2024
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    — Paul and Kathy Anderson, 3/10/2024
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    " Another fabulous tale from the very talented Abraham Verghese. Very nuanced. Wonderful character development over the years - loved it - an epic tale. "

    — Redbrenda, 2/27/2024
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    — AM, 2/7/2024
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    — MJ, 11/18/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book, sorry this tragic tale is over. Narration was excellent. "

    — Alise, 8/6/2023

About Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese is professor and senior associate chair for the theory and practice of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, where he is now an adjunct professor. He is the author of My Own Country, a 1994 NBCC Finalist and a Time Best Book of the Year, and The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has published essays and short stories that have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Palo Alto, California.