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Call the Midwife Audiobook

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    T. Porter 03-19-13
    T. Porter 03-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Worth and/or Nicola Barber?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicola Barber’s performances?

    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.


    Was Call the Midwife worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Younger 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator's whispering drove me crazy"

    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.

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    Plundered treasure 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "These reviews very interesting"

    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!

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    Julie 01-23-16
    Julie 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fantastic Read"

    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!

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    maroizi 01-16-16
    maroizi 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent - a captivating window into another time"
    What did you love best about Call the Midwife?

    Well written and perfectly narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very captivating, I love the descriptions of the East End of London at that time, and the character descriptions were perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 12-21-15
    Victoria 12-21-15 Member Since 2008

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    "An enjoyable listen"

    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.

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    Sarah DeRise 12-13-15
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    "This wasn't that long ago-how times have changed"

    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!

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    Junemarie Williams 12-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Terrible narrator"

    Couldn't listen to more than 5 minutes of this voice. Couldn't understand her words. Getting my money back. Just awful.

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    PSG 12-04-15
    PSG 12-04-15
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    "Loved this as much as the PBS series"

    Even though I have seen every episode of Call the Midwife -- more than once, I loved this book. So beautifully written and beautifully performed.

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    kristin 11-30-15
    kristin 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really is a great book"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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