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Call the Midwife Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Jennifer R 06-09-16
    Jennifer R 06-09-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good read"

    Excellent narrator!! I could listen all day. Interesting stories and well written. Does not drag!! Amazing insight to an unfamiliar subject!

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    Lee the reader 06-04-16
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    "Love the book - oh, the narration...."
    Where does Call the Midwife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicola Barber’s performances?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lauren Wilson 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worth your time!"

    what an incredible piece of history. this book was a joy to listen to, although it was a bit slow at times. I am a fan of this book, and am excited about watching the show!

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    Gina M. Danaher Palos Heights, Il., US 05-16-16
    Gina M. Danaher Palos Heights, Il., US 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Faith, Hope, and Charity"

    Beautiful narration of one of the best autobiographical observations I have ever read. Jennifer Worth's story is an affirmation of faith, life, and family and the indispensable midwives of the National Health Service.

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    J. C. Marcus 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A DEFINITE MUST READ, WITH THE CAVEAT THAT THERE ARE VERY VIVID BIRTH SCENES"

    I thought this book deserves a 5 on all accounts. the narration, with it's English accent was charming but still easy to understand. the characters were well thought out. the story, of a novice midwife in WW1 England had no big highs or lows; just a slice of the everyday lives of the main character, the nuns she lives with the wonderful depictions of the colorful lives of her patients as pertains to each's childbirth.

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    Andrea Blauert 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the show, Loved this book"

    This telling of Call The Midwife was an absolute joy. After loving the program on PBS, this was such a treat to hear the full story from Ms. Worth. The narrator was excellent - I never wanted her to stop reading.

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    jen 05-04-16
    jen 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful stories and beautifully narrated"

    I watched the series on Netflix first. I loved it. The series changed some things so it's worth it to read the book. And the theatrical performance is brilliant!

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    Sara Gross Stafford, VA, United States 04-24-16
    Sara Gross Stafford, VA, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Historical Fiction!"

    Engaging characters. I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction, not a memoir. Super interesting!

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    Stacey Grosh 04-22-16
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    "Fascinating Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I stumbled across this BBC TV show accidentally and binge-watched each season over a couple of weeks. Listening to this audio book is fascinating. The stories are more indepth than the TV series and the reader tells them in a way that surprises me and makes my heart race in anticipation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call the Midwife?

    The intimacy. I feel like I'm in the room experiencing/seeing/hearing the same things as the midwives and nuns.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    The voices of the characters are very distinct. She knows when to pause for a more dramatic effect and when to play up the intensity.


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

    The love demonstrated by the father of his 20+ children and wife who do not speak the same language.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm already speeding through the second book and looking forward to the third!

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    Ashley 04-18-16
    Ashley 04-18-16
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    "great overall"

    loved the stories. At times it felt a little disconnected without a unifying overarching story, but thats my only complaint.

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