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)
Even in the most intimate scenes the dignity of childbirth was preserved and highlighted the professional approach of the midwives. The 1950s was accurately portrayed and the role of such dedicated women was awesome.
The performance of the narrator makes this audio book. It sounds like you are sitting across from someone taking about their life more than reading a book... And the variety of accents of people of different backgrounds completes the picture of the time and place as voices I'd make up in my own head could never.
The book is not as emotionally affecting as the show on PBS, but it does a lot towards describing the post war conditions in England and the (halting) social transformation during that period-something that the PBS show soft-pedals a bit.
It does seem to romanticize at times and is likely not a reliable source for historic social analysis, but memoir is less about the truth of history and more an account of what a person who has lived through it take away from the experience.
The individual stories based on her experience.
Loved them all.
Many of the stories did,
If you love the TV series, you will love listening to the book.
I think even if you've already seen the series the book takes you places you haven't been before. The narration is great in my opinion ^__^
I was amazed at the depth of social and medical information woven into a lovely story! Goofy title but a wonderful book.
I purchased this book because I have enjoyed watching the TV version on PBS.
The description of the conditions in some of the stories is heartbreaking. Sometimes I would set the book aside for weeks or months at a time because it was so troubling to me to read about the situations. The book is structured in an episodic manner, so it was easy to pick up the story where I'd left off, even if it had been many weeks.
I'm glad I finally finished the book. It ends on a hopeful and positive note. There are even some episodes that are laugh out loud funny.
Jennifer Worth has done an excellent job of making the characters and locations come to life in her descriptions. My mental images may have been enhanced by watching the TV show.
By choice I do not have children. Even so, I found this book compelling and enjoyable.
Nicola Barber's narration is superb.
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