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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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    T. Porter 03-19-13
    T. Porter 03-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Worth and/or Nicola Barber?

    No, i thought the reader was rather slow and it made it drag. I have watched some of the series and thought it had much more life to it. Plus watching the series i didn't have to hear the whole graphic pornography of a prostitution ring. i quit reading and i am having this deleted from my list of books. My kids download what i get and if they read anything with porno in it i would rather it wasn't something i gave them to read.
    i was very disappointed to have that scene suddenly come up in my reading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish i had read that this gets graphic but it isn't my book and so i don't feel like i have a right to say what i would change.


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

    Probably not. There was no liveliness to this at all. I thought it could have been read with at least a tiny bit of feeling.


    Was Call the Midwife worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i wish there was a rating system on the books. it is hard to know what you are getting when you pick one but i thought i was safe picking this one since it is from the 1950's and about a midwife.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Peter McIntyre hawaii 09-09-16
    Peter McIntyre hawaii 09-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Impressive"

    I enjoyed the TV series very much, but found the book added an extra dimension of understanding about both the characters and living conditions they endured from the fifties right back to the turn of the century.

    Jenny Worth is a gifted writer and historian, whilst the narration by Nicola Barber was excellent, perfectly fitting with the character of the book.

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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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