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.
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 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.
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.