The last collection of true-life nursing stories from the number one best-selling author of the Call the Midwife series, soon to be a major BBC TV series.
Jennifer Worth's best-selling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages.
Now, in In the Midst of Life she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the ends of their lives.
Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's postmidwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. In the Midst of Life also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career but also into a period of time which seems very different to today's fast-paced world.
Fewer stories, more personal opinion than in the rest of the Call the Midwife series. Interesting, necessary as a topic of discussion and Jennifer Worth has some good and thought-provoking insights, but the topic (death) is hard-going and I wasn't as keen to get through it as the other of her books. Still worth a listen but maybe start with some of her earlier books.
Another masterpiece by Jennifer. A skilled story writer. I feel after this book I know her personally.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. I understand that it's heavy material, but it's not an enjoyable read, and not like her other books.
Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Worth? Why or why not?
Her other books document hard lives that have sad moments, but there are lessons to learn and there are also happy moments to enjoy. There's also a narrative with the other books. These are snippets of people's lives with no uplifting moments. She preaches her own opinion a little too much. It's a book about death, which everyone, relatives of the dying included, experience differently. Most people want to remember a relative in their prime, not in their last few days if they look completely different. Worth disagrees with this view quite heavily, and it was at this point that I turned the audiobook off.
What three words best describe Barbara Flynn’s voice?
Very good, speaks quietly and is comfortable to listen to during the sad parts. However, this can get old fast, and it sounds quite depressing after an a hour or so.
Was In the Midst of Life worth the listening time?
No. I won't finish listening to it.