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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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    Kurt LaFayette, NY USA 08-15-16
    Kurt LaFayette, NY USA 08-15-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent read"

    I loved the music, the narration was superb, I could listen to Nicola all day. The subject matter is not for the faint hearted, expect birth details, and details of a whore house. But as this is a memoir is certainly helps you understand life in East London in the 50's. (Reviewed by the account owner's wife, too much for the dear hubby)

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    Darene Dorton 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Listening"

    I loved the telly series. I enjoyed listening to the book. Reader was excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent"

    Great narrator, love the layers of the story. Truly gives one the experience of the East End in the 50's.

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "enjoyable and educational"

    call the midwife is a frank and revealing look back into history. it has humorous moments, poignant moments and at times it is quite sad.The author takes you on a journey, sharing memories of her life in 1950's England. The performance of the audio book is enjoyable.

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    Kimberly A Hatch 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book"

    As an American who worked in the East End for two years after college, I could very much relate. The personalities of the East End women are well-captured. The accents are very well-done. The Cockneys are well-represented by their strong personality and unique expressions. I used to visit East End women in their houses, and I must say that the character descriptions reminded me of several East End women that I spent time with.

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    E. Claesson 07-09-16
    E. Claesson 07-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the TV series"

    If you enjoy the TV series, "Call the MIdwife," then this book is for you. It goes into detail on the characters and stories introduced in the series. Delightful.

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    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-14-16
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Compelling If One Hasn't Seen TV Episodes"

    Not a bad listen. If you've haven't seen the TV shows you'll be more inclined to the story.

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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
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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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