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)
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.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
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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My sister told me, "You have got to see "Call the Midwife. It's available to stream. Get it." So I got it and I was hooked from the get-go. Then I saw the book on Audible and decided to get it even though I tend to avoid reading the book when I've seen movies --and the movie if I've read the book. Glad I broke the rules.
I read one description of the book as "misery memoir meets a fascinating slice of social history"** and this description has stuck with me as the almost perfect description of this book. The book is much more detailed in ways that a movie never can be but I have to admit that by the time I got to the end I was ready to put the book down. The author had long since made her point, I thought, and it was starting to get repetitive.
(**Sorry I can't credit the source because I am not sure of it.)
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.
call the midwife is a frank and revealing look back into history. it has humorous moments, poignant moments and at times it is quite sad.The author takes you on a journey, sharing memories of her life in 1950's England. The performance of the audio book is enjoyable.
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