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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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    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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    Brianne Reeds Spring, MO, United States 01-20-17
    Brianne Reeds Spring, MO, United States 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "So good!"

    I loved the book almost as much as I love the show! (And that's a lot!!!)

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    Karsten Johnson 01-02-17
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    "Young reader beware"

    While based on some true stories, the graphic nature of the scenes regarding the prostitutes and dancers are far to explicit for readers expecting content focused on young mothers and families.

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    YT 12-31-16
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    "Much better than the show on PBS. Loved the book!"

    The stories were narrated with such vivid detail that I felt I knew the characters. The audible narrator was superb. Her accent was impecable for each h of the characters. Loved it!

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    Amy M 12-31-16
    Amy M 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Highly recommend this most enjoyable book!"

    I listened to this book on Audible and absolutely loved it! Each chapter brings a new adventure in the author's midwifery career of giving antenatal care to the poorest of the poor. Hearing about the living conditions of the women, the family life, and the babies being delivered, all during 1950's London, was quite fascinating. Even though most chapters could stand alone as independent essays, I found the flow of them together to work beautifully and I was always happy when I'd have time to listen to a new one. Another thing I enjoyed was the voice of the lady reading the story, she did an excellent job and I felt a part of what was going on in listening. Since I've finished "reading" this book, I can't wait to now see the people come to life in the television version I have saved on my DVR. I'd highly recommend listening to this book, it's funny, sad at times, interesting, but most of all, enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating story"

    I really enjoyed the book and the audio performance. The author describes the world and the characters within it so vividly. However, the book ends far too abruptly. I wanted to know more about her life and the yrs between the period of her life as a midwife in the East End and the present day when she is writing.

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    Paul B. 12-08-16
    Paul B. 12-08-16
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    "Entertaining and informative"

    Good stories well narrated and highly informative. Shocking to learn how primitive medical support was even in the 1950's. Thank goodness the national health service was created.

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    James 11-24-16
    James 11-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best audiobooks I've read!"

    I loved this book!
    Excellent story, fantastic narration. I couldn't stop reading it.
    Very vivid descriptions of London in the 50s and surprisingly fascinating historical information about medical history.
    I've seen the tv series and am impressed with how true to the stories the show is.
    Highly recommend.

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    JustMom 11-18-16
    JustMom 11-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "So enjoyable!"

    The vignettes are captivating and the narration is wonderful- highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy historical fiction and great female characters.

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    Wilson21 11-17-16
    Wilson21 11-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved it"

    ive seen the whole tv series and this can not compair the the description of how they lived in the East End painted a picture that I could really understand I really love the book im excited to listen to the next two

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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