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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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