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 enjoyed hearing about London during the 50s and what the medical technology was at that time. I also enjoyed learning about the nuns.
The book seemed more like a collection of stories rather than a cohesive memoir. I was expecting it to be a little bit more linear. It seemed that each chapter was a short story about her time as a midwife. It made the story seem a bit detached and choppy.
I enjoyed Nicola Barber's narration but sometimes she was difficult to hear. She had a soothing voice which was nice, but listening to it in the car made it difficult to hear everything she was saying.
I enjoyed hearing all of the stories about the high-risk births. It was interesting to hear how they used to deliver babies. I also enjoyed the chapters that went in depth about a mother and her family (e.g. Mary, Conchita, etc.).
This book was informative and entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone interested in midwifery in the 1950s or anyone with an interest in London in the 1950s.
I recommend reading this book in print rather than listening to the audio. I bought this book two years ago and found the narrator extremely irritating. I've just given it another go, and I cannot focus on the narration for the failings of the narrator. The narration is done in a whisper (for no apparent reason), so it's necessary to turn the volume up all the way. She does a good job with dialects, but so do a thousand other narrators who would have been a better choice. The sound quality is also inconsistent, as if the recording was done by an amateur. The narration ruins this book and detracts from the story.
I'd recommend the book but NOT the audiobook.
NO! Her voice ranges from a pleasant volume to barely a whisper. It's very annoying when I constantly have to adjust the volume.
No. The narrator annoyed me after a while and had to turn it off.
The stories were mostly interesting but it is more a collection of stories that are not necessarily related than a consistent tale.
The most annoying part was that the narrator would start whispering and talking slowly whenever she read a thoughtful or touching part and you can barely hear her unless you turn your volume way up. This unnecessary affect drove me crazy.
I was glad when it finally ended and didn't think it was worth listening to, unfortunately.
I grabbed something quick, didn't really know how this would be. Turns out that I really enjoyed this story, and hated for it to end. I will be buying the next one. I loved the narrators accent, and hearing about life in the East End as a midwife.
Great read, and looking forward to more!
The story was fantastic! I wish the narrator didn't whisper and cut her words off all the time. It was hard to hear most of time--even with the volume up.