Enchanting. I was thoroughly caught up in this story from beginning to end. Only got better and better with every successive chapter. It opened my eyes to what the poor endured in this area of Britain in the middle of the last century. Increased my sense of appreciation for what I have today, in my own home and life. Taught me lessons about not judging by the things seen with the eyes, but instead, having heart and love for all sorts of people. The candor and humility in her tale are very affecting. And some of the true stories are so incredible, they seem impossible! I could go on & on; I appreciate reviewers who brilliantly explain why a book is great, but I'm going to simply sum it up as a guaranteed super listen.
I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.
The overall story was okay but the narration was awful. The narrator spoke so low at times that I had to turn the volume almost all of the way up. It was between a monotone and a whisper and so aggravating. I liked several of the individual stories but some chapters would leave the reader hanging or seemed totally unnecessary. There were a few chapters where I would have liked more detail. For instance, the main character references a lost love several times but does not give any further details. Why bring it up and peak my curiosity if you're not going to delve into it? The book was not exactly what I expected and I was glad when it was over.
The narrator was terribly directed and often used a soft whispery voice which was irritating and required frequent volume adjustment.
The book itself is excellent. The author recalls many vignettes from her training as a midwife. Some are humorous, some heartbreaking, some heartwarming, and some suspenseful. Not all are medical. Some involve people she knew. Subjects include love, poverty, prostitution, illegal abortion, race relations, and unethical adoption. It was fascinating to learn about London slums in the 1950s.
There are some explicit scenes when she writes of a story involving prostitution, so only mature teens and adults should read the book.
Having never read the print version I can't say.
I would absolutely recommend buying this audiobook. It's charming, well written and will give you an appreciation for modern medicine. I found it quite interesting.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Jennifer Worth's stories of being a midwife in post-war London are touching, humerous, and at times, shocking. For those who are watching the PBS series of the same name, the stories and people are recognizable and reading more about their experiences only enhances the reader's understanding of life in Poplar.
Such a great listen! wish so bad they had the next books in the series. It is interesting to hear the historical parts, and heart wrenching to hear the sad parts, and all balanced with a spattering of really beautiful parts.
Soothing voice that really reads well with the style of writing, and most notably, the appropriate accents.
They already did! And its probably my favorite series ever filmed, which I don't say lightly.
Listen to it! Read it, watch it. Its absolutely lovely.
This book hooked me from the very beginning. I wanted to listen to it every chance I had and would tell everyone what a great book it was. I thought the book was beautifullly written, tender and honest. I din't want it to end. In fact I wanted to purchase the other two books in the trilogy and sadly they are not in the Audible library. The narrator did a terrific job and I loved the cockney accents and Sister Monica Joan - she really brought the characters alive for me.
I liked the history about the Dockland area of London in the mid-20th century and how the people lived. It did much to bring the area and its people to life. I did not like the narrator.
Sister Monica Joan was great fun and had the most depth of character.
Oy. Ms. Barber clearly has a good range of voices, so her decision - and the director's decision to allow her- to read the main character in the tiny, near-whisper, sometimes whiny, nasally voice is beyond my understanding. It was extremely distracting as the voice would get so soft I'd have to turn up the volume and so nasally and whispery that I'd have to strain to hear. And then, suddenly, she'd do a different louder voice, and I'm backing down the volume in exasperation. By the time the book was ending (and the last chapter was, without question, the most annoying of all) I was so distracted by the affectation that I could barely concentrate on the story.
It was OK, but could have been SO much better!
Listen carefully to the sample before you buy it and realize that, for much of the story, she modulates this voice down to even more of a nasal whisper. .
Retired librarian now living in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
I loved the television production and even more loved the audio version of the book. The narrator faced a real challenge with so many different characters and she deserves six stars for her performance.
I would read another book by Jennifer Worth, but if Nicola Barber was the narrator, I would read the book myself.
I'm sure Nicola Barber is a lovely person, but she's a terrible reader. I've never said that about an audiobook reader before, but although I am enjoying the book, I just know I would like it more if someone else was reading. Her voice is super timid. I always have to turn the volume up really high to even hear it, and half the time it's like she's whispering. So disappointing.
Pretty sure that's a done deal at this point.