Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Female, 2013
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. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.
©2002 Jennifer Worth (P)2012 HighBridge Company
"A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance." (Kirkus Reviews)
World traveler, free sprite, lover of art, drinker of wine, giver of goodwill, design obsessed, strange, wife and loving mother of two cats.
This book is so wonderfully written that you feel as if you are there experiencing every moment with the narrator.
Hobby costumer, wannabe jewelry maker, recipe hoarder, fancier of DIY house projects that may never get done, and all around daydreamer.
I love the PBS series based on this memoir. I have been meaning to get the book for ages. I am so glad I finally did. There is quite a rich story and even history in this memoir. It was wonderful hearing accounts of so many different lives.
This was so well done. First, as an audiobook, the performer managed a strong empathic voice that - while remaining calm and even despite some truly difficult moments - gave me what I think was the perfect tone for the author herself: this is a capable woman who has faced down death, poverty, life, joy, hate, fear, and hope.
Second, the story itself - a memoir - isn't told in a linear fashion so much as a collection of stories around themes, usually dealing with a birth or a single person or notion. The whole becomes all the stronger as you feel each of these pieces come together. As this is a memoir, in life people sometimes come and go without any sense of true completion, but Worth does a lovely job of telling tales of those she knew that are more-or-less whole, or - if left unfinished - are still poignant and important pieces of her journey.
And it is a journey. As much as I learned about a place and time, I also learned about Jennifer Worth (then Jenny Lee) and I found it completely charming to hear her progression from slightly arrogant and aristocratic in view to slowly softening and - to my surprise - even someone brushing with faith. As someone who has a rather antagonistic view of much of organized religion (especially Christianity as a whole), her discourse on her slow building relationship with the faith (mostly through her interaction with the nuns) was gentle and appealing, and in all frankness, I was happily not put off her story.
I'm not sure if I want to keep going with the series right away, but rather think I'll let it simmer in my mind for a while, first.
Addictive, eye-opening, recommendable.
It is rare that I find a book that when finished, I want to go right back to the first page. This has easily become one of my favorite books, I have been telling everyone to read (or listen) to it. Nicola Barber's narration is fantastic, and she nailed both the cockney and Irish accents she uses at different times for the book.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
Tremendous story with much applicability to today as America approaches a national health plan and wrestles still with poverty. Beautifully performed, too!
Can't wait to read/ listen to the next
Book. I Love the voice of the narrator the stories and the families from the East End.
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