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)
Addictive, eye-opening, recommendable.
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.
Yes. Nicola Barber is a tremendous talent. I love her reading of the Molly Murphy mystery series by Rhys Bowen!
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.
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
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.
Someone with a stronger voice...
No, the narrator made me cringe.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
Tremendous story with much applicability to today as America approaches a national health plan and wrestles still with poverty. Beautifully performed, too!
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.
Loved it, like hearing about that era. Cannot help feeling so fortunate growing up in Australia.
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.
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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