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)
My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.
A wonderful book about the author's years as a midwife and public nurse in London's East End in the 1950's. I was very much able to visualize the author's accounts of courage, joy, poverty, and despair, as well as her daily life among the nuns at Nonnatus House. Included in this book are an interesting history of the evolution of the profession of midwifery and women's health care; stories about the author's experiences delivering babies and attending to women at public health clinics; accounts of the hi jinks of the author and her friends at Nonnatus House; a very interesting and frightening story about a pregnant teenage prostitute; and a snapshot of the life of a former workhouse inmate. I gave this book five stars, but I will admit that I found some (but not all) of the tales of the ramblings of elderly Sister Monica Joan a bit boring. Thankfully, the wonderful stories more than made up for the few extra minutes of Sister Monica Joan.
While the vignettes in history were heartwarming, they ended up slightly flat in characterizations. I had watched the mini series and found it much more touching. The tale from an older woman's perspective worked. The audio version was pleasant but let to little introspection. Perhaps there was a little too much of thee woman's rights perspective and the some exerts read like a nursing manual. I did enjoy the book and got used to the narrator.
The narrator did a wonderful job with voices and characters. Each chapter is another story in the memoir of the author. I enjoyed hearing more about the characters throughout the book.
I didn't realize that the book was a memoir, so the style caught me a little off guard. It took a few chapters to realize that although there were repeating characters throughout, each chapter should be considered as it's own story. Towards the end of the 12 hours I found myself finding reasons to finish the book when I wasn't in my car. :)
I consider it time well spent when I can be entertained and learn something new at the same time. This was one of those reads. Educational and Entertaining. I am unable to give 5 stars because of the graphic sexual content during one part of the story. It went on for quite a bit and was not the least enjoyable to listen to. I can enjoy a love story with the next person but this was dealing with prostitution. Very graphic and sad.
The historical detail was excellent. She does a wonderful job describing the people and surroundings. The characters are well developed.
No I have not.
The prostitution of a 15 years girl made me a bit sick. It was very hard to hear. That aside there were very warm and funny parts.
If you are wanting to learn something while being entertained this is an excellent choice. The pornographic sexual behavior is confined to one area of the book. There are no other questionable parts.
Absolutely. It was a fascinating read/listen that was also a little empowering as a woman.
There were many but the two most memorable for me were when a mother manages to help her baby survive when doctors didn't think it was possible and when a young mother is forced to give up her baby and basically loses her mind because of it.
How the book flowed, the content, and the great job the narrator did reading it.
The delivery of the premature baby and how it was cared for by the mother rather than in hospital.
This is a difficult question to answer as I loved all the characters of the book.
Yes, it was. I found myself quite happy when I ended up in traffic jams as it meant I could listen to more of this book.
I liked the television series, and as I spend 3 hours a work day commuting I bought this audio book to add to my collection.
Being a guy I was not sure if I would enjoy this book, but how wrong were my concerns! I laughed at times almost cried at times.
This book does cover subjects that may concern some readers but these subjects are true to life and needed to be in the book.
I will certainly being listening to this book again.
Although this is biographical and historical it is extremely well written and entertaining while also being very inormative. It is amazing how different midwifery and obstetrics was then and how the environment plays such an important role in our lives. I can't wait to listen to the other "Call the Midwife" books. Narration was excellent too.
the audio version is very well done
the interesting human stories are very interesting. Of most interest is the information about the history of midwifery. Of least importance is the meticulous pornographic details of prostitution.
Her expressions and character interpretations are great
yes I did cry and laugh.
I would like to see books rated for content. I was forced to skip through one section of the book because of the nasty content that was really not necessary to the story.
Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.
Jennifer Worth, yes. Her story was engaging, interesting and informative.
This reminded me of James Herriot novels, only the patients were people and the setting was the city.
She has a lovely voice, well suited to a cozy mystery or a children's tale, but the sing-song delivery was very unsuited to this story. It made me grind my teeth and I had to listen hard to get past that to the story which was there. I almost quit it altogether.
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