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)
Don't give up on this amazing book - keep listening despite the narrator. Barber's overly soft-spoken characterization of Jenny Lee (who is telling 99% of this story) is more than a maddening, extremely poor choice who does not come close to giving this book the justice it deserves. Barber's often whispered effect leaves the listener constantly adjusting the volume, rewinding, and replaying to understand many details of these heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories. The beginning and end "This is Audible" sounded like the volume was maxed out in comparison to Barber's narration. What a shame.
watch the series on tv and read the book. you will enjoy both more. these women worked so hard. we have it so good and don't realize it or appreciate it enough.
A reader who loves to sew, which makes Audible ideal. No special trends but always on the lookout for recommended titles. Appreciate good stories not the graphic details which seem to be the trend.
Coming to this book from the TV series, I found it most compelling. Terribly sad at times and horribly stark but true. A remarkable woman a must read, and I hope to find her other books on Audible.
I loved the unconventional image of the nuns and the great variety of story lines introduced by the varied patients.
The story is great, for sure, but if I can't even hear what the narrator is saying, and when I can, it's too sing-songy to take, it's incredibly frustrating. I may just take the book out of the library. I would advise others do the same, and avoid using up a credit for a poorly produced audiobook.
There were some good qualities to the narrator's style, but the whispery tone was just too distracting. As others had said (and I should have heeded their warnings and saved my credit), I kept missing what she said but got tired of rewinding. I don't want to strain to hear or understand an audiobook because of poor narration. This is something they should have fixed post-production, or they should have tested out the narrator and asked her to SPEAK THE HECK UP!
Oh heck no. In fact, I often used the narration to fall asleep to. I just set the sleep timer on the Audible app, and I was in snooze land before I knew it because I had a cheerful, soft voice whispering a story to me at my bedside. (Just a guess, but probably not what the author or narrator would have wanted.)
If you've seen the television series based on this book, you will know the premise is quite interesting, gritty and an eye opening view of poverty. Vivid descriptions and heartbreaking circumstances keep you involved and caring about the characters. These fascincating stories were taken from her own memoirs and she takes us into the era beautifully. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next season on PBS!!
This memoir was a wonderful "read"! It captivated me from the very beginning and left me wanting more (I discovered it was a trilogy! Hip, hip, hooray!). I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who loves memoirs or is interested in social justice, the 1950s era, or nursing/midwifery.
I will agree with other reviewers that the narrator's voice was hard to hear. I had to keep the volume at the highest setting and even then sometimes her quiet whispering voice would say something softly and I would not be able to understand a word or phrase. Nonetheless, I rather enjoyed the narrator because she did seem to invoke this unassuming midwife down to a T!
I adore the characters in this book. The women are strong, brave, and smart. The nurses are delivering babies in deplorable conditions and yet weave a safety net around their neighborhood. Thank you for a novel that is everything that Gray's Anatomy is not! In this novel the nurses humbly tend to their families and become part of the community. The author is a great storyteller.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I enjoyed watching the TV series and the book was great, too. I think the narrator did a commendable job and I don't have an complaints about her.
The author paints a very vivid picture of childbirth and midwifery in mid 20th century England, and it seems we certainly have come a long way since then. Her experiences with the birthing mothers, their families, and particularly the nuns make for delightful stories.
I would recommend both the book and the series.
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