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)
I loved the PBS television series, however, the book is not half as good as what I enjoyed viewing on t.v.
The book is rather boring. There is no good character development in the book. On t.v., however, the actors and actresses were excellent adding personality and character to their roles.
I definitely will not purchase the rest of the books in the series.
The narrator, Nicola Barber, did a good job with what material she was given to narrate.
I'm a NICU/Peds RN, work from home in Keaau, Hawaii, married 25 years, with a son, 22 and a daughter, 19, both of whom live on the mainland.
I'm a NICU nurse of 25 years. This is a fabulous book that would, I believe appeal to nurses of any specialty. I thank the lord I started nursing in 1990, and not in the 1950s like the nurses in this book! Some very frightening things went on at that time! A fabulous book. So glad there are 2 more to read, so I don't get too depressed that it is over!
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
Though there were times when I sensed that the author was an inexperienced writer, the story she had to tell was thoroughly engaging. I particularly enjoyed the way social history was woven into her plot. I'm not very familiar with the television series based on the book so I can recommend this book on its own merits. The narrator brought a good deal to the experience with her ability to use accents to flesh out a wide variety of characters.
This was an incredible story, at times uplifting and life affirming, it was also heart wrenching and sickening to hear about the conditions people lived in and with. But as awful as some of the histories and filth were, each episode was profound and a well told story. The East End in the 50s is like another world, unimaginable from this distance (of both time and place, but most of all in technology and standard of living). I grew to like many of the characters, especially the Sisters. There were so many interesting folks in the lives of these nurses and midwives, some of the most loving and lively families... I think my favorite stories were of Jack, Chummy's bicycle guardian, and the Warren family. The story of Mrs. Jenkins brought tears for her anguish. All I can think, having heard of so many dangers and circumstances they had to cope with, is that I am that much more thankful for the advantages I have been granted.
The narration was wonderful, and breathed life into each of the many and varied personalities, from the Sisters, middle class girls, and the Cockney community. Wonderful book.
Such an enjoyable book. I didn't know about the TV show but I don't think it could possibly compare to the book. The book is so tenderly written. I appreciated the honesty in presenting the poverty and situation so many found after WWII.
I've read a few novels about life in London before, during and after both World Wars. I've come to love reading about that time period. This can be a good thing when I find a well-written book. It can be a very unhappy experience if the story line is weak. The worst audiobooks, in my mind, aren't necessarily poorly written books with an irritating narrator - it's much more frustrating to try to listen to what you can tell is a good book with a terrible narrator.
"Call the Midwife" give the best of both worlds. I'm pretty certain that if I had a print version of the book I would be tempted to read it in one session. (That's one advantage to audiobooks - you can't run through them quickly.) However . .. .
Nicola Barber's narration is so outstanding that it took me a while to recognize the fact. She is able to shift gender, age and most amazingly, accent in the blink of an eye. You forget that this is one narrator - after a while the characters come to life so authentically that a reader can forget that this is a book with a narrator - it almost seems as if you are listening to a tape of actual events.
I think, of all of the many audiobooks I've read, that this audiobook stands way above any of the other ones I've read. And I've read some really good ones, with great narration.
"Call the Midwife" stands heads and shoulders above them all.
No! Her very whispery voice was irritating and hard to follow. I will read the other midwife books rather than listen to them.
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.
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