While I was interested in the historical aspects of the book, overall I found it to be a bit slow. The narrator sounds as if she is reading a Christmas story to a 5 year old - you can almost see her eyes getting big as she anxiously reads some of the EXCITING parts - well, you get the idea. I was glad when I finished.
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.
This book is wonderful. It is one of the best books I've ever read, but I am having so much trouble with the narrator. She is actually causing me to cringe. She is whispering. It is giving me, as they say in elementary school, "the creeps". Why is she whispering? Does she talk like that at home? Is that her acting style? It's really irritating. It doesn't seem to bother so many others (so many giving five stars), but my shoulders get tight after two minutes of listening, as if I want to get closer to her and say, "Speak up! Please! I can't stand it!" I keep thinking I'll get past it but it's not happening.
The book itself is that rare, enriching true life memoir. My choice in books has always been towards the deeper side of life, where people come to an awakening of spiritual and physical truths and realities. If they have a medical or historical side that is a plus for me.
I read the Herriot books as a young teen and they actually put me on my career path. This seems in that vein, and is marvelous - it's wonderful when people have lived a life, and truly have something to say from it. They have a fire in them. And I love it when I've watched something on TV, and can then go to the actual book and get so much more from it.
The unique and wonderful characters, such as Sister Monica Joan, who quotes Yeats.
The way the writer with authority informs us of the way life used to be in a certain place and time, that overcomes the revisionist history social engineers pound into us nowadays - it was quite interesting how she spoke of how destructive to the family modern political schemes such as thoughtlessly done urban renewal were, and how much damage it caused, to even killing older people. I can see that template here in places such as parts of Wash DC, where what was thought of as giving people modern and clean housing at the same time destroyed the family and neighborhood connections that kept areas stable and safe.
The way the lead character was not only on a career journey, but a spiritual one, and was enriched in so many ways by not only her work, but the nuns. How she learned so much through happiness and tragedy.
No. I guess I will have to, if I want the other midwife books, but I am getting a twitch in my right eye, just thinking about it. Maybe I'll just read them.
Yes. And no. My style in listening is to go back over paragraphs of interest or that I enjoy again and again, to make sure I get every morsel of description out of them. That's why I need my books to be of quality. Call the Midwife fits that for me.
Adore the book. Am not happy with the narrator, but people will have to listen and see if she is to their liking. If she is, add stars.
The book is a slice of life. If medical and human interest stories that are truthful interest you, you will probably like the book. Parts are graphic, as per the subject matter. It is, ultimately uplifting, with bonus for people of faith.
I wish audible would star more books like this and be less obsessed with vampire lovers and depressing zombie apocalypses for younger folk. A young person would definitely need explanation from a parent with this book IMHO, but they'd still be better off than with half the books out there supposedly for young people. It is absolutely educational. If you let your daughter listen she may be inspired to become a doula or something in the medical field. I was inspired for my path by books like these.
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.