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)
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!
Loved it, like hearing about that era. Cannot help feeling so fortunate growing up in Australia.
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.
My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.
A wonderful book about the author's years as a midwife and public nurse in London's East End in the 1950's. I was very much able to visualize the author's accounts of courage, joy, poverty, and despair, as well as her daily life among the nuns at Nonnatus House. Included in this book are an interesting history of the evolution of the profession of midwifery and women's health care; stories about the author's experiences delivering babies and attending to women at public health clinics; accounts of the hi jinks of the author and her friends at Nonnatus House; a very interesting and frightening story about a pregnant teenage prostitute; and a snapshot of the life of a former workhouse inmate. I gave this book five stars, but I will admit that I found some (but not all) of the tales of the ramblings of elderly Sister Monica Joan a bit boring. Thankfully, the wonderful stories more than made up for the few extra minutes of Sister Monica Joan.
While the vignettes in history were heartwarming, they ended up slightly flat in characterizations. I had watched the mini series and found it much more touching. The tale from an older woman's perspective worked. The audio version was pleasant but let to little introspection. Perhaps there was a little too much of thee woman's rights perspective and the some exerts read like a nursing manual. I did enjoy the book and got used to the narrator.
The narrator did a wonderful job with voices and characters. Each chapter is another story in the memoir of the author. I enjoyed hearing more about the characters throughout the book.
I didn't realize that the book was a memoir, so the style caught me a little off guard. It took a few chapters to realize that although there were repeating characters throughout, each chapter should be considered as it's own story. Towards the end of the 12 hours I found myself finding reasons to finish the book when I wasn't in my car. :)
I consider it time well spent when I can be entertained and learn something new at the same time. This was one of those reads. Educational and Entertaining. I am unable to give 5 stars because of the graphic sexual content during one part of the story. It went on for quite a bit and was not the least enjoyable to listen to. I can enjoy a love story with the next person but this was dealing with prostitution. Very graphic and sad.
The historical detail was excellent. She does a wonderful job describing the people and surroundings. The characters are well developed.
No I have not.
The prostitution of a 15 years girl made me a bit sick. It was very hard to hear. That aside there were very warm and funny parts.
If you are wanting to learn something while being entertained this is an excellent choice. The pornographic sexual behavior is confined to one area of the book. There are no other questionable parts.
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