The east side is teeming with joys and tragedies which we enter into through the lives of young midwives. Excellent writing and narration. Leaves you wanting more which can be had in the next two books.
This is a very interesting book, and the narration is fantastic. Nicola Barber really makes the characters come alive.
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!
This was an amazing glimpse into nursing care in the 50s. I admired the author's unflinching honesty both of the situations she found herself in and her own character through the trials she experienced.
There were some spots that were so graphically horrid that I had to leave the book for a few days before returning. Again, it was just honestly, but how anyone lived through seeing some of what she saw and heard is beyond my comprehension. I've always had great respect for nurses, but these women were more than nurses, they were heroes and saviors to those they helped.
This audiobook is truly phenomenal. I listened to it on a long international flight (both ways, I think) and simply could not stop. The story is fascinating, is told in an emotionally engaged manner, and the narrator's voice is very sweet. I was so hooked that I checked out the TV show online but discovered to my disappointment that the audiobook had allowed me to create more compelling characters than the TV producers did (though I do not mean by this to insult the actresses). The book is just so full of details that post-war Britain and its poor families come fully alive.
I liked the character development and the comparison of medical care for women from the time of the book until current. The nuns were portrayed as regular people and the main character as all of the characters became very real to me.
No I have not listened to her before - but would not hesitate to again.
This was a book club choice and I groaned at the title but after reading it - a smile appeared
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.
watch the series on tv and read the book. you will enjoy both more. these women worked so hard. we have it so good and don't realize it or appreciate it enough.
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.
So far this year, I've listened to about 50 books, and this has been the best of them. I don't read much non-fiction, I'm a guy, I'm an American, and I don't have any children, so a book of memoirs from a midwife in 1950's London shouldn't logically resonate with me at all. I can't explain it, but I thought this book was wonderful.
I read a few other reviews that disliked the narrator, but I thought she did a great job. She subtly captures different voices without making it into a big deal. The recording mix was a little strange, though, so if you have headphones that really accentuate bass tones, you might have a little trouble with the sound.
The book is a series of stories about different people that the author interacts with during her time studying nursing at a convent in London. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, most of them incorporate interesting historical points about women's health, and all of them are amazing.
I wish I was a better reviewer so I could give a better picture of how great this book is. I'd feel a little silly just writing "this book is awesome" until I hit Audible's character limit, but that would about sum it up.