Probably. Nicola Barber did a commendable job with this book. Some reviewers do have complaints regarding the low whispering tone she takes sometimes, and I found it a little annoying at first, but the short stories in the book were so compelling that I was able to look past the minor annoyance.
Conchita, jennifer (of course), and Chummy.
The birth of a baby during Christmas dinner; a tortoise appearing from under the bed! I laughed out loud!
yes, the births of Conchita Warren's children. I hope to hear more from this family in subsequent books.
This book is a wonderful addition to any library. While it primarily addresses women's issues, it details the way life was lived in the 1950s, contrasted with life today... certain things just surprised me about the advances in medical science, and how sometimes human intuition can be as or more beneficial than the most scientific of medical care.
I am thrilled that the other two books in this trilogy are FINALLY available on Audible; I will be reading them shortly!
I tend to shy away from books with women readers (even though I am a 70 year old female) only because most don't seem to have the versatility as the best of the male readers. That was before I listened to this book read by Nicola Barber. That is not to take anything away from the author because even the best reader cannot salvage a poorly written book. I am pushing my husband to listen to a book about a midwife! There can be no higher recommendation.
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.
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 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.
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.
A reader who loves to sew, which makes Audible ideal. No special trends but always on the lookout for recommended titles. Appreciate good stories not the graphic details which seem to be the trend.
Coming to this book from the TV series, I found it most compelling. Terribly sad at times and horribly stark but true. A remarkable woman a must read, and I hope to find her other books on Audible.
I enjoy the TV series and was prepared to enjoy the audible book. Unfortunately I share the sentiments of other reviewers regarding the narration. It is obvious the narrator put a lot of effort into her performance but her whispery bedroom voice was too much for this listener. I had to keep adjusting the volume up and down, I finally gave up.
I don't know what the naysayers don't like about this Narrator, I didn't hear any of the "too loud/too quiet at times" nir the "whiny voice" mentioned. Nothing was problematic. This narrator brings this story to life. I loved it!