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.
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!
Jennifer Worth weaves an intricate portrayal of life in post-war London's East End with honesty, humour, and grace. Her detailed medical descriptions were fascinating to this aspiring midwife, but it is the heartbreaking stories of poverty and hope that make this novel worth listening to over and over.
As a baby boomer, I loved listening to the stories that were touching and nostalgic. Bought the second book and am looking forward to listening to it very much.
Loved the story. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find it boring and the narration did not bother me. However, the scene in the brothel was gratuitous and stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the story. Fast forward through it and the feel of the book won't be tainted. Forced prostitution/coercion is a reality, but that part of the story could have been told without the unnecessary scene. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story very much.
I listen to audio books on my daily commute. I had trouble following this because of a combination of the narrator's accents and very soft voice, and road noise.
There are some parts that are graphic and made me queasy.
I loved this book. It is a beautiful story of life and fight for life in the midst of hardship. The voice of the reader also makes it more real than a movie.
The narrator was the best I have heard! She could do so many different voices and it was as if you were listening to different people. I will have to look for other books read by this narrator. The story was very captivating too
and hard to put down.
I'm quite behind everyone else in my appreciation for, "Call The Midwife " by Jennifer Worth.
I hadn't read any of the books, much less knowing they had been made into BBC series!
Normally, because I love BBC productions, (especially the classics) I would just watch all the back episodes rather than listening to the other two books in the trilogy.
But this memoir is so richly satisfying in so many different ways, I'm going to do both!
Next up...listen to the other books from Audible ( Nicola Barber is phenomenal as Jenny!)
I'm sure the television series will be equally as lovely with Juliet Stevenson narrating as Jennifer.
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