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.
"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful." (People)
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.
I really enjoyed this - it was well-performed and a very compelling story. But my feeling with this one, as with most abridged works, is "What am I missing?" I don't necessarily feel the story wasn't told completely, but I always feel like I'm cheating the author if I only have the abridged version. Sadly, only an abridged audio version was available. I guess I just don't like other people deciding what was "important."
Relieved that this ordeal was over!! Wow... insane.
Her voice sounds familiar, but I can't place what else I have listed to that she has narrated.
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!
professional decision is hard when you are alone. Never knew what a midwife in modern times would have to know.. malpractice, medical equipment for breathing, license to practice medicine. What if she was a minority race, a male, etc what would the outcome have been?
The narrator did a great job. There were many characters yet I it was easy to follow along with the story and who was speaking at the time. I have only listened to 6-7 audiobooks in my lifetime and I was feeling very sad to think that ALL of the narrators would sound the same as they have been doing! I thought they must all go to school for training to sound this way! So, this book was a welcome change and very warmly embraced! My favorite audiobook not found here, was read by Stockard Channing. Now she made me laugh and cry as did the story! Audible.com could use more narrators like her.
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.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
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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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
Why ever would I do that?
Excellent author (1st book of his I've read), great narrator! Can't go wrong with this gem!
"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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