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Midwives | [Chris Bohjalian]

Midwives

The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.
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The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if, as Sibyl's assistant later charges, the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?

As recounted by Sibyl's precocious 14-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt, except for the fact that all its participants are acting from the highest motives, and the defendant increasingly appears to be guilty. As Sibyl Danforth faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.

©2007 Chris Bohjalian; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-06-13
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Why Abridged"

    I made a horrible mistake buying this book. I was the one at fault, however. I hate abridged books and truly do not understand why they are producd. More significantly, why does Audible sell them?

    The Publisher's Review states this book "engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do." I don't agree after having listened to it. The story is fine. It just doesn't shake anything up. It's pleasant enough, but lacked fire. Not once was I tempted to stay in the car to continue listening to the story.

    Now was that because the abridged version cut out details someone thought unneccesary? We'll never know.

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    Sheri Canada 01-11-10
    Sheri Canada 01-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Quick Listen"

    I chose this book off of "Oprah's Book Club List." It is a great, enthralling, realistic story which draws the listener in from the first. The narration is beautiful and well suited to each character. The only downfall is that it was only approx. a four hour listen...I didn't want it to end!

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    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 12-07-11
    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 12-07-11
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    This is well narrated. It's a well written story as well but... I just kept thinking while listening to it - what's the point of the story - you know literally - was it worth creating and telling? I'd say know. I don't give it a bad rating because the writing is good but storyline isn't worth listening to. catches you upfront with the midwife being accused of murder but goes along pretty calmly and then ends. just wasn't worth my while!

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    Susan Marietta, GA, United States 05-10-13
    Susan Marietta, GA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I've become an avid "reader" since I discovered audiobooks a few years ago. Also a cat lover - at left is Prince Harold

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    "One of my favorites"

    A well-constructed and compelling story of a birth gone wrong. Should midwives be allowed to supervise births? Is the midwife in question competent? Would things have turned out differently if an obstetrician had been in charge? All questions posed and explored in a really good story. I highly recommend this book.

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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 05-03-13
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Childbirth is dangerous Business"

    This was an entertaining story, however I think a bit unrealistic. The series of unfortunate circumstances and the fact that the main character was just a random midwife and not actually a certified nurse midwife seemed a stretch.

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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 02-24-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 02-24-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Great Story!"

    Such an interesting story; I was hooked almost at once and only put it down because I had to go to sleep! I finished it first thing the next morning. I could see this as a movie

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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 01-13-12
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2010

    "Say something about yourself!" DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

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    "Great all around!"

    Excellent author (1st book of his I've read), great narrator! Can't go wrong with this gem!

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    elaine United States 01-01-12
    elaine United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I'm from Denver Colorado and I have three sons.

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    "Love this author"

    I love the author so I was really excited to download this story, I am not fond of abridged books but wouldn't pass up one of Chris Bohjilians books!

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    "Short read and very enjoyable"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At first I thought I made a mistake in downloading because it was shorter than most books; however, I appreciate the author not going down circuitous paths with the story or characters. It was a good listen, as all of this author's books have been.


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    Harriett SHIRLEY, MA, United States 11-03-11
    Harriett SHIRLEY, MA, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Poignant and thought-provoking"

    This is a story about a Vermont midwife who goes outside her area of expertise and gets charged with a crime. The writing is excellent, the story moves along quickly, and this audio performance by Kate Burton is great. You will be thinking about this story after you finish listening to it. Highly recommended.

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    "Short but definitely not sweet"

    This title is an old one, but I had never seen the film or read anything by Mr Bohjalien before.
    The characterisation was excellent; I fully empathised with the midwife and her daughter. The tension was immense! My only gripe about this audio book was the narrator, whose diction I found a little strained, as if she were trying too hard to speak clearly.

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