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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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    Barbara Kelly 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Difficult to hear"

    I enjoyed the story very much. Understanding the narrator, however, was something I struggled with all the way to the end. At times she seemed to almost whisper. I was constantly fiddling with the volume. I would not choose this narrator, again.

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    Bailey World Traveller 02-22-15
    Bailey World Traveller 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful but terrible (narration)"

    I rarely take the time to review books but, in this case, I felt compelled to warn readers:
    The narrator has a beautiful voice and pleasant timber, the problem lies in her weak presence. She falls into some sort of a whisper whenever attempting to convey a touching moment or a gentle character.

    The story is remarkable and well worth listening to despite the narration, just be ready to adjust volume levels and ensure there are no competing sounds in your environment.

    Had the narrator simply projected the entire piece as if reading aloud to a large audience, I would give the book 4-5 stars.

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    MarilynAES 02-21-15
    MarilynAES 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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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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    Raele Austin, TX, United States 02-20-15
    Raele Austin, TX, United States 02-20-15
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    "I can't say enough about this astonishing book!"

    Enchanting. I was thoroughly caught up in this story from beginning to end. Only got better and better with every successive chapter. It opened my eyes to what the poor endured in this area of Britain in the middle of the last century. Increased my sense of appreciation for what I have today, in my own home and life. Taught me lessons about not judging by the things seen with the eyes, but instead, having heart and love for all sorts of people. The candor and humility in her tale are very affecting. And some of the true stories are so incredible, they seem impossible! I could go on & on; I appreciate reviewers who brilliantly explain why a book is great, but I'm going to simply sum it up as a guaranteed super listen.

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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.


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    Peter Vernon, VT, United States 02-15-15
    Peter Vernon, VT, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Call the Midwife"

    Loved listening to this book! The story is inspiring, hilarious, and sad all at once. The reader fits the voices well. One of my favorites so far.

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    Elizabeth King 02-13-15
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    "very good"

    It took me a little while to get into the book, but that might be because I have seen the show which is formatted quite differently. still over a wonderful read...err listen.

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    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 02-13-15
    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW!"
    If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, eye-opening, recommendable.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    jess4u 02-09-15
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    "Surprisingly risqué"
    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Nicola Barber is a tremendous talent. I love her reading of the Molly Murphy mystery series by Rhys Bowen!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Call the Midwife?

    Not a scene so much as a shift in the integrity of the story itself. Somewhere in the middle of the book, the reader/listener experiences a violent turn from what had thus far been an honest yet morally-modest account of the narrator's journey of growth as a midwife. After the introduction of the character Mary, the story becomes a sexually graphic one. The BBC television series upholds its integrity and still manages to convey Mary's story. I only wish the author had chosen to do the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm exchanging it without finishing it. It's not as if I can't handle the "mature" content, it's a choice to maintain whatever innocence I still may have. In my opinion, innocence is beauty. <3

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    bunzi09 02-08-15
    bunzi09 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the story"
    Would you listen to Call the Midwife again? Why?

    I love the book, the tv show, but disliked the audio book and wouldn't listen again. The breathy weak voice of the narrator annoyed me endlessly. I only listened to it all as I had purchased it and didn't want to waste my money.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicola Barber?

    Someone with a stronger voice...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the narrator made me cringe.


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