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Call the Midwife Audiobook

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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    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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    Peter Vernon, VT, United States 02-15-15
    Peter Vernon, VT, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 01-28-15
    Amanda 01-28-15 Member Since 2015

    College Student. History Buff. Math Geek.

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    "Pleasantly Pleasing"

    The narrator is lovely. Her voice is kind and soothing. The story was much what I expected after watching the TV series. The technical medical speak is quite spot on & not for the faint of heart. If the word vagina makes you uncomfortable, this isn't the book for you. The narrator's voice makes much of the medical speak much easier to listen to and far more palatable. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

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    Eileen United States 01-26-15
    Eileen United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A Poignant and memorable read."

    Call the Midwife brings to life the squalid conditions and hardships many of the world's poor endure. Yet the joy and expectant anticipation of a new life transcends the dreary and impoverished environment. Each chapter tells a new tale while all the while weaving throughout the main characters, their love of their mission and their exceptional dedication to helping others. A fascinating look into life, death, joy and pain in the mid twentieth century in East End London.

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    Shelli Toney, AL, United States 01-18-15
    Shelli Toney, AL, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Call the Midwife?

    I bought this because it was on special and it had some good ratings. I am so glad I did. It not only entertained me, but also humbled me as well. We take so much for granted now. Very few remember what our mothers and grandmothers went through. It was a much different time back then. Most women now have babies in a hospital, with lots of drugs and much less risk. Having given birth to all 4 of my children without the aid of painkillers/epidurals, I can relate to the pain they went through; though I am fully appreciative of the advances made. My last child was born almost 6 weeks early and I am not sure if he would have survived during the 1950s. You feel the lessons that these young women learn as you see them mature from idealistic zest, to humbleness and finally to absolute caring. I was especially glad to see that this book was made into a mini-series and is available on Netflix. It goes along very well with the book and was just as enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I could relate to most of the ladies in different ways. It would be hard to narrow it down to just one character.


    What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honesty, her voice. It matches perfectly to the main character, Jenny Lee.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite part would have to be with the couple who had been married for many years. He could only speak English and she could only speak Spanish. That was part of what made their marriage work for so long. They could only express their love in actions, without words getting in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many times when a midwife learns a lesson on judging the mothers. It is easy for them to say "How could they" or "I would never", but very humbling when faced with the reality that life is not perfect and these women were doing the best they could with the circumstances they had.

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    Cynthia Holladay Loosley San Carlos, CA 09-13-14
    Cynthia Holladay Loosley San Carlos, CA 09-13-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Did not want this book to end"
    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    Superb articulation, expression, pace and love for the story. One of the best readings I've experienced with audio books.


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

    Not only is the answer 'yes', it's yes to more than one read.


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    Tammy 06-06-14
    Tammy 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.

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    "Poor Narration"

    The overall story was okay but the narration was awful. The narrator spoke so low at times that I had to turn the volume almost all of the way up. It was between a monotone and a whisper and so aggravating. I liked several of the individual stories but some chapters would leave the reader hanging or seemed totally unnecessary. There were a few chapters where I would have liked more detail. For instance, the main character references a lost love several times but does not give any further details. Why bring it up and peak my curiosity if you're not going to delve into it? The book was not exactly what I expected and I was glad when it was over.

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    Sherry McNee 05-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Lulling whisper but engrossing story"
    If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

    Historical, and personable the narrative is wonderfully informative in an entertaining way. Not a story as much as a collection of remembrances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of life in England in the 1950's with the history of the buildings and the way of life


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she whispers when she narrates. Actual stories and character voices are great, but the voice that ties them together is the one I use reading a good night story to make a toddler drift off.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    it would be a lousy film, no action all history


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-26-14
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't call it much"

    While I was interested in the historical aspects of the book, overall I found it to be a bit slow. The narrator sounds as if she is reading a Christmas story to a 5 year old - you can almost see her eyes getting big as she anxiously reads some of the EXCITING parts - well, you get the idea. I was glad when I finished.

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    W. Modesto, CA, United States 04-26-14
    W. Modesto, CA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    For the most part this book is a very well written, family friendly narrative which reveals the lifestyle that existed in the 1950s in England and occasionally parts of Ireland, as seen through the eyes of a young Midwife. For the common folk conditions were hard, often deplorable. Sanitary facilities for the poor folk were almost nonexistent. About midway through the book a young girl was drawn into prostitution. The man who seduced her gave her the promise of a full stomach and compassionate companionship. Her initial contact with him encompassed her watching a full, to the point, striptease performance which left my spirit polluted. I kept listening because I expected the girl to leave the scene but she did not. Her story, which was otherwise not related in any way that was indecent or perverse, ended tragically. This young Midwife encountered all kinds of situations and had a very interesting and fulfilling career. I would have given the book 5 stars but the striptease scene really left me with dampened spirit. Also throughout the book the word a__ is used instead of buttocks. I contributed this to being part of the cultural language and not an obscenity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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