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)
No, i thought the reader was rather slow and it made it drag. I have watched some of the series and thought it had much more life to it. Plus watching the series i didn't have to hear the whole graphic pornography of a prostitution ring. i quit reading and i am having this deleted from my list of books. My kids download what i get and if they read anything with porno in it i would rather it wasn't something i gave them to read.
i was very disappointed to have that scene suddenly come up in my reading.
I wish i had read that this gets graphic but it isn't my book and so i don't feel like i have a right to say what i would change.
Probably not. There was no liveliness to this at all. I thought it could have been read with at least a tiny bit of feeling.
i wish there was a rating system on the books. it is hard to know what you are getting when you pick one but i thought i was safe picking this one since it is from the 1950's and about a midwife.
The stories were mostly interesting but it is more a collection of stories that are not necessarily related than a consistent tale.
The most annoying part was that the narrator would start whispering and talking slowly whenever she read a thoughtful or touching part and you can barely hear her unless you turn your volume way up. This unnecessary affect drove me crazy.
I was glad when it finally ended and didn't think it was worth listening to, unfortunately.
Seems that if you were a child a this era you will appreciate it more. I was born at the end of this era and love the heating the inside story of the nuns and personalities. I love historical stories too. Now add being 2nd generation Irish I found it charming. Such a relief to hear good writing and great characters!
This was such a great memoir and I found myself chuckling or misty-eyed more times than I could count. I also have a profound gratitude for having my own children a couple of decades later where I did not have to face the hardships that these women endured. The narration was brilliant and I was in awe of the narrator's ability to change age and tone and accent particularly in the chapter dealing with the young Irish girl Mary. A wonderful book and highly recommended!
Well written and perfectly narrated.
It is very captivating, I love the descriptions of the East End of London at that time, and the character descriptions were perfect.
This is a slowly-paced narrative of simple life and procreation in London in 1950-Es. Many interesting facts, that bring appreciation of the times we live in to a whole new level.
It's amazing to think this book takes place in such a recent time. The stories are engaging and beautiful. Can't wait for the next one!
I love the story, the narrations, the people, its just a really good book of that day and age. The women, the men, the babies! You get every emotion in this book. I do wish the book covered more of the actually author. I know its not about her but about her job growing up as a midwife. But I would love to learned more about her personally. Like how and when she met her husband and if she ever did have kids and what that was like. Being a midwife giving birth that is. Over all, i will listen to this one again. A gentle lovely read!
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