It's 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.
Through Millie's eyes, we see the harsh realities and unexpected joys in the lives of the patients she treats, as well as the camaraderie that is forged with the fellow nurses that she lives with. Filled with unforgettable characters and moving personal stories, this vividly brings to life the colourful world of a post-war East London. Read by Penelope Freeman.
©2013 Jean Fullerton (P)2014 Magna Publishing/Orion Publishing Group
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The narration was excellent bringing all the characters to life a very pleasant story well told enjoyed it to the end
There were some parts of this book that I enjoyed. . but it was all so predicatable & I found the end was incredibly weak ...I was expecting it to go on & all of a sudden it ended !
Yes I would recommend it - just a light reading when you have nothing better to read.
Annie Aldington, she always brings these sort of books to life & makes them far more enjoyable....
Just disappointed with this book, but unless you listen to them, you will never know will you !
"Great story excellent narration"
Loved the well written story. The narrator was great at adding different voices and accents.
"Usual Nurses Story "shopping list style""
Nothing special. Not enough engagement with the patients which is disappointing. Just a routine story of a nurses general life.
Half way through I wished to stop listening but having purchased, I wanted to know what the ending would be. It is the narrator who makes this story bearable to listen to the end.
The narrator Penelope Freeman does a reasonable impersonation of her characters, all a little too stereotyped for the Londoners which sounds like something from a n overdone Charles Dickens production. Penelope's voice impersonation of the men is very good, especially Millie's boyfriend which sounds exactly like a mans voice I have heard several times on TV.
The only character I do not like is Aunty Ruby. Her attitude annoyed me and if I was unfortunate to have that woman for my aunty, I would put her in her place. I would not stand for anyone to try to interfere like she does.
All in all, this is not the type of story book for me. Far too general. What I call "shopping list writing". It just reels off the page and nothing happens.
"I felt as if I knew all the characters personally"
Yes and I have already done so, to my mother in law because I enjoyed the book so much
About the little boy who was looking after his siblings because his mother neglected her children
I did, I was transported back in time by her performance, I thoroughly enjoyed everyminute
Yes, I kept listening to it all the time through ear phones, doing gardening, housework etc
I down loaded the follow on book as soon as I finished call nurse Millie
I found Call Nurse Millie rather disappointing. The plot was utterly predictable and I never really felt invested in the characters. There are far better historical fiction stories from similar time periods on similar topics- you wouldn't be missing much by skipping this one out. That said, it was well narrated and mildly diverting if you are just looking to pass the time.
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