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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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    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
    jess4u 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    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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    Throuogh a Golden Eye 02-08-15

    cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom

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    "Extraordinary memoir"

    Tremendous story with much applicability to today as America approaches a national health plan and wrestles still with poverty. Beautifully performed, too!

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    Whitney Applegate 02-06-15
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    "Loved it!"

    What a great window into post-war London. The writer's descriptions of each patient firmly planted their image on my mind!

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    Amazon Customer LAYTON, UT, US 02-01-15
    Amazon Customer LAYTON, UT, US 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a warning for the reader"

    this is a highly discriptive memoir of 1950's midwifery. a light hearted read it is not. it was written well enough that I might have been able to enjoy it even though my tastes run toward the light hearted if it hadn't been for the portion of the story recounting the experience of a girl being drawn into prostitution. unfortunately this scene was also described in excruciating detail. if you wouldn't want to view pornography or see a strip show, you will deffinately want to skip that section of the book.

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    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 02-01-15
    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 02-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "As a child of the 50's"

    Loved it, like hearing about that era. Cannot help feeling so fortunate growing up in Australia.



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    Catherine S. Martin Charlotte, N.C. United States 01-31-15
    Catherine S. Martin Charlotte, N.C. United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every minute of it!!!!"

    Can't wait to read/ listen to the next
    Book. I Love the voice of the narrator the stories and the families from the East End.

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    Carol 01-28-15
    Carol 01-28-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Wish I had not downloaded it."

    I did not realize this was a graphic depiction of child birth and the experience of being a midwife in the 1950s. TMI. I stopped reading it.

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