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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times | Jennifer Worth

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    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.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife: The Road to Nowhere, Book 1 | Meg Elison

    The Book of the Unnamed Midwife: The Road to Nowhere, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Meg Elison
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

    Lulu says: ""Equals" = "Annoying""
  • Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2 | Jennifer Worth

    Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

    Jan says: "Nice followup to "Call The Midwife""
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3 | Jennifer Worth

    Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Jan says: "Hated to see it end..."
  • The Midwife's Revolt | Jodi Daynard

    The Midwife's Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Daynard
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

    Carmen Moore says: "Seemed true to the thoughts of the revolutionary war"
  • The Last Midwife | Sandra Dallas

    The Last Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Pilar Witherspoon
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    Colorado, 1880. Gracy Brookens has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands of babies in her lifetime. The only midwife in a small mining town tucked in the Tenmile Range, Gracy is a gifted and important resource for the women of her hardscrabble community. For years she has advised expectant mothers through their pregnancies, guided them through the tortures of labor, and then helped them heal.

    H1RolleR says: "A Good Surprise"
  • The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife | Patricia Harman

    The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Anne Wittman
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    Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need - and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust - but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.

    Derek says: "Amazing"
  • The Midwife's Confession | Diane Chamberlain

    The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
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    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Simone says: "Another great book by Diane Chamberlain!"
  • Midwives | Chris Bohjalian

    Midwives

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
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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.

    Patti says: "Why Abridged"
  • A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 | Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    Drawing on the diaries of one woman in 18th-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier. Between 1785 and 1812, a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in 27 years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine.

    Sherry says: "Dissertation"
  • The Runaway Midwife: A Novel | Patricia Harman

    The Runaway Midwife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients, calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the births of their children and ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world. But when Clara's life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn't been tending to her own needs and does something drastic. She runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess she's left behind in West Virginia.

  • The Midwife's Apprentice | Karen Cushman

    The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Sher from Provo says: "A good morality tale for young people"
  • The Secrets of Midwives | Sally Hepworth

    The Secrets of Midwives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sally Hepworth
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
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    Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy - including the identity of the baby's father - hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother Grace finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship.

    Klara says: "very believable characters"
  • The Midwife of Venice | Roberta Rich

    The Midwife of Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Roberta Rich
    • Narrated By Antoinette LaVecchia
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    Roberta Rich burst onto the literary scene with this fascinating tale of intrigue set in 16th-century Venice. Working in the Venetian ghetto, midwife Hannah Levi has developed a gift for aiding desperate mothers. When a wealthy count seeks her help in the delivery of his first son, she sees an opportunity to earn the money needed to free her imprisoned husband. But with a papal edict forbidding Jews from providing medical aid to Christians, Hannah is torn between duty and the law - and her choice will put her in the middle of a dangerous conflict.

    Melissa says: "Wanted More Complexity from the Story and Narratio"
  • The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir | Patricia Harman

    The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
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    Heather is pale and thin, seventeen and pregnant with twins when Patricia Harman begins to care for her. Over the course of the next five seasons Patsy will see Heather through the loss of both babies and their father. She will also care for her longtime patient Nila, pregnant for the eighth time and trying to make a new life without her abusive husband. And Patsy will try to find some comfort to offer Holly, whose teenage daughter struggles with bulimia. She will help Rebba learn to find pleasure in her body and help Kaz transition into a new body.

    Daryl says: "Timeless, introspective, enlightening"
  • Our Own Country: A Novel | Jodi Daynard

    Our Own Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jodi Daynard
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
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    In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant's daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life - until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

    Les Raymond says: "Profanity and Foul language"
  • The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel | Patricia Harman

    The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Harman
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend, Patience Murphy.

    SC says: "Slow Storytelling Underwhelms"
  • The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery | Sam Thomas

    The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sam Thomas
    • Narrated By Leila Birch
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    It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

    Cornelia says: "Excellent First Novel!"
  • A More Perfect Union: A Novel | Jodi Daynard

    A More Perfect Union: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jodi Daynard
    • Narrated By Marcus Stewart
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    In 1794, Johnny Watkins returns to America from Barbados, intent on becoming a great statesman. Even his hero, John Adams, believes the gifted boy will go far. There's just one catch: Johnny must learn to pass for white. He finds a spirited and lovely confidante in Kate, one of the few who knows that Johnny's father had been born a slave. But as he moves closer toward the new city of Washington, Johnny leaves Kate behind, falling instead for a prominent Maryland heiress who may not have his best interests at heart.

  • Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s | Jennifer Worth

    Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
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    Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour.

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