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Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times | [Jennifer Worth]

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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.
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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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    Linda 03-25-15
    Linda 03-25-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Heartfelt and Moving"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corina 03-20-15
    Corina 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable"

    Heartwarming, accounts of the life of a midwife.
    Looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
    I recommend highly.

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    Martha 03-20-15
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    "Wonderful book. Gentle anthem to midwives."

    More than met my expectations. Going back to hear the next two books! Thank you for a well delivered, good story. You feel you have known each individual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CCG 03-12-15
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    "Love the series, love the audiobook"

    And I love Nicola Barber's narration. She has an amazing talent for voices.

    I highly recommend this this book.

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    Deirdre M Barr Lincoln, Nebraska United States 03-11-15
    Deirdre M Barr Lincoln, Nebraska United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific stuff altogether .....:)"

    The best and especially the Cockney accents which were done so WELL . Really nothing else to say, the very BEST

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    Julia 03-08-15
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    "Both charming and gritty"

    I was pleasantly surprised by the witty, funny and often sad stories. Sorry when it ended, wish there were more.

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    Judy 02-26-15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable."

    Honest and revealing, this work is a history lesson made personal through the author's own experiences. It is especially interesting for women as we learn about the medical development of pregnancy and childbirth. An eye opener for sure. I look forward to the next book.

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    Cynthia 02-24-15
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    "Love and new life"

    Great story and excellent detail. A person can definitely feel a part of each scene. Nicola did a wonderful job narrating.

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    MarilynAES 02-21-15
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    "Loved this book!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. If you followed the series I think you will love the book too!


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    Kali Myatt 02-16-15
    Kali Myatt 02-16-15
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    "Fascinating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I would recommend this to any friends interested in midwifery, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the structure of the novel - I loved learning about the individual families and situation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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