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Shelli

Toney, AL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sufferer's Song

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Savile
    • Narrated By Andrew Randall
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Small towns are meant to be sleepy. Safe. They are not meant to be meat. Within a single week, Kristy, Ben. and Westbrooke's residents have the comfortable safety of their world torn out from under them. People they have known all their lives turn on them and no-one knows what is happening, why, or how to stop it. There's blood on the streets, and the suffering has only just begun.

    Shelli says: "Tried and tried"
    "Tried and tried"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's reading is flat and lacks any interesting inflection.


    Any additional comments?

    I have made myself listen to the first few hours of this book hoping that it would grab my interest. Unfortunately, after days of listening, I finally had to stop. I absolutely hate giving up on a book that others have reviewed as pretty good, so I may give it another attempt sometime later.

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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1611)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Call the Midwife?

    I bought this because it was on special and it had some good ratings. I am so glad I did. It not only entertained me, but also humbled me as well. We take so much for granted now. Very few remember what our mothers and grandmothers went through. It was a much different time back then. Most women now have babies in a hospital, with lots of drugs and much less risk. Having given birth to all 4 of my children without the aid of painkillers/epidurals, I can relate to the pain they went through; though I am fully appreciative of the advances made. My last child was born almost 6 weeks early and I am not sure if he would have survived during the 1950s. You feel the lessons that these young women learn as you see them mature from idealistic zest, to humbleness and finally to absolute caring. I was especially glad to see that this book was made into a mini-series and is available on Netflix. It goes along very well with the book and was just as enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I could relate to most of the ladies in different ways. It would be hard to narrow it down to just one character.


    What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honesty, her voice. It matches perfectly to the main character, Jenny Lee.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite part would have to be with the couple who had been married for many years. He could only speak English and she could only speak Spanish. That was part of what made their marriage work for so long. They could only express their love in actions, without words getting in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many times when a midwife learns a lesson on judging the mothers. It is easy for them to say "How could they" or "I would never", but very humbling when faced with the reality that life is not perfect and these women were doing the best they could with the circumstances they had.

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