Thursday, September 3, 2015

Audiobook review: Call the Midwife

 I just finished listening to the audio version of Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times while I was sewing.  What a wonderful audiobook!  I highly recommend it.

Jennifer Worth was a young midwife in postwar London who worked at a convent that served some of the poorest neighborhoods.  This memoir immersed me into a place and time that was almost unbelievable.  The lack of sanitation, somewhat primitive medical techniques, and the patients and their families themselves were fascinating to learn about. 

The nuns were no less interesting than the patients, and I was sorry when the story ended.  I wanted to know more about what became of all of them.  

The story is warm and rich in detail.  The narrator for the audiobook was perfect, especially with the variety of accents.  One of the better narrators I have listened to. 

I just started watching the series on Netflix and I'm a little bewildered that it is presenting the stories completely out of order from the book.  It also leaves out some of the best details of the book.  For example, the young boy who helps teach one of the midwives to ride a bike and accompanied her on her visits went on to become the private security guard for Princess Diana.

If you have seen the series or not, I do recommend this book.  The audiobook in particular, is well worth a listen.

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Quilter Kathy said...

Oh yes... this is one of my all time favourite books!

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