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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Philip K. Dick Award Winner for Distinguished Science Fiction

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.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men's clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she'll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.

©2016 Meg Elison. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Brittney D. Meyers 10-18-16
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    "I liked it, I actually liked it."

    I usually do not prefer the apocalyptic genre of book, and really, I took three risks, I didnt read any reviews, and bought the book before it was released, which is also something I do not do often. When I do it usually means I am desperate for a good book. I was not dissapinted. The author of this book pulls it off magnificently. All I can say is her characters were real to life, the situations where relatable, and what I would see as realistic under the cercumstances. There were multiple changes in views, which is a difficult art to learn, but this author mastered it, and the way she used them was refreshing. I have a select few books that I add to my paper collection. This will probably be one of them. I cannot say much more without ruining the book, but I encourage you to read it. Wonderful job, could not put the book down, and silently mourned it's finish.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 12-26-16
    Lulu 12-26-16

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    ""Equals" = "Annoying""

    In spite of my headline, I really enjoyed this book. If not for the writer's tic of overusing "something = something", I would have given it a perfect 5 stars. The story was fascinating, and as another reviewer stated, one of the best things about the story is the author tells you how the characters the protagonist meets along the way, actually end up. Unfortunately most of them don't end up well. The other characteristic that really stood out was that the plot didn't depend on putting the main character in imminent danger over and over again, as a way to move the plot. So many books depend on continual pending disaster.

    This is a post infectious disease world, where very few men and even fewer women and children survive. And the women that do survive the disease, don't seem to survive childbirth. The protagonist, a former OB/GYN nurse in a hospital encounters a wide variety of survivors and keeps a detailed diary of her life in the post-disease world.

    Angela Dawe can be one of my favorite narrators. But her unique voice has to "fit" the book. She fits this book perfectly.

    I

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Partridge 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "writing=style=really?=tedious"

    I know that title doesn't make much sense if you haven't read or heard this book but... suffice it to say, those that have understand. They may not agree but they understand. The story line was interesting for me but the authors writing style really wore on me and if I NEVER read/hear another book like this one I'll be very glad. I BARELY made it through this book. Luckily she stopped her this=that kitchy style about 1/3-1/2 of the way through the book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    B M C 10-29-16
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    "good apocalypse book"

    There were a few spots where the book made you think, but this isn't a deep contemplation story. It is a good, easy listen.
    My favorite thing about this book is there are no loose ends. When the main character runs into a new person, you will eventually be told what happened in a condensed 3 sentence explanation. How rare is that? That isn't something I would want in most books, but I really enjoyed hearing the stories of everyone to the end of their lives.

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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-13-16
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Lets hope our world never goes there"

    No one seemed to know why it happened - it just did and the earth's population went into chaos when an epidemic broke out killing most of the women and children. Men roamed in packs and preyed on whatever women there was left.
    This story was well written and well narrated and worth the credit.

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    Humble & Honest 10-15-16
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    "GREAT BOOK !!"

    There were no reviews when I chose to try this book. Gave it a chance and it was amazing! Being a nurse myself I was really able to relate to the story. it's got everything. excitement mystery suspense drama fear love and end of the world possibilities. you won't regret listening

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    An Old Hippie Chick 03-20-17 Member Since 2015

    Rabbits and other furry creatures are our FRIENDS! They are NOT food or fur! ~Namaste~

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    "A Great Dystopian Future Book, Well Narrated!"

    I only bother to write reviews (beyond just stars) for books I find exceptionally good or bad. I only bought this because it was on super-sale, so didn't have many expectations. I've never read anything by the author previously. Dystopian futures, though, are one of my favorite genres, and I've read a few that pre-supposed that one gender or the other was nearly wiped out, giving me something to compare it to.

    I gave this 5 stars, as I listened & read it in one sitting. It's a rare book that I can not put down, and even rarer that I read the Kindle (or paperback, etc.) while listening to it. That's my favorite way of really getting into something, especially if it's a bit otherworldly, like sci-fi or dystopian futures. It makes suspending my disbelief easier and shutting my real world out simpler. Although I've read much with the same or similar topics, I did like the way this was put together. Most futuristic books begin with a world already dead or fundamentally changed, so I appreciated reading/hearing how it happened. That's rare.

    I'm currently bound for the Amazon Kindle store to buy the sequel. Note to Kindle/Audible fans: Often you can get the best buy, if you know you're going to buy both, by going to the Kindle store first and checking 'Add Audible narration.' Often the narration is cheaper than what a credit is worth, so I generally save my credits. I have Kindle Unlimited as well, which is well worth the cost, IMO. Since I'm disabled and retired, I do have much more time to read than the average person.

    By the way, I almost forgot to mention that the narration was great as well. It was mostly just one voice, but when other voices were required, they were good too. For me, a good narrator is one that I don't hear too much; that the voice fades away as I get immersed in the story.

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    Yesenia 01-17-17
    Yesenia 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't think I'd like it but glad I listened..."
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    I was really worried about this book after reading the complaints about the equals in the other reviews but decided to give the book a try as the rest of the reviews were pretty good. I was glad I did. I had mixed feelings throughout the book but that's okay with me as I think it's more the character was pretty well developed (as in, her actions got to me because I was invested in the story). I ended listening to the entire thing in two days and hoped there was a follow-up book but it did end with a definite ending (this is something that bothers me about this genre of fiction... it seems they all end on a cliff hanger for the next book). There could be a next book or not with this one and I like that. <br/><br/>Addressing the equals. It didn't bother me so much as it had other reviewers... simply because this story is someone writing in a journal... and I found the story more plausible that she would have this linguistic "tic" and continue it throughout. It almost made it as if I was really "reading" someone's inner thoughts.

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    Amazon Customer 01-09-17
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    "Hard to finish"

    Ugh, I listened to the whole thing hoping to understand why this won an award. ...? This is one I would definitely return and wish I could get those hours of my life back.

    Author's perspective is that lacking social structure, most people revert to basest instincts regarding sex and the subjugation of others, especially women. Think rape, sexual slavery, forced child brides, genital mutilation, homosexuality, etc. Plus all the babies are born dead. Bleak and depressing.

    Really not sure what the intent of the book was. Not sure why anyone would want to read about such a world.

    That being said, it was not poorly written and can't fault the performance.

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    Danny Keating 01-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing."
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    This is the first time I've been compelled to write a review of a book, but I recently got this one and will probably not finish it. It feels unbelievably man hating - every male character that has been introduced so far has been weak, has been back stabbing, or is unbelievably violent and cruel. This might be something that changes as the story progresses, but at around 2 hours in, this is all I've encountered so far.As a man it is really hard to stomach, so find it really difficult to recommend.<br/>

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    Absolutely loved loved loved this listen. This was the best of its kind in such a long time. Wish I was just starting the story I stead of finished!!!

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