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Call the Midwife

A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction.

Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

©2007 Jennifer Worth (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group

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Excellent

Beautiful story and wonderful narration. The book the first TV series Call the Midwife was based on.

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  • Shani
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 22-02-2018

Amazing!!!!

I loved the TV series but this even better than the drama. Can't wait to start the next book.

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Loved it!

I loved reading this story. It opened my eyes to what life was like. I'm glad I gave birth when I did!

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I think this is the quickest I have finished a book. Easy to follow. Easy to understand. But not at all boring.

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Simple stories told with heart.

What a wonderful insight into women and family life in the 1950's. Stories ranged from sad & tragic to happy and full of joy and all told with a whimsy that kept the stories real in the readers mind.

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  • Jackie
  • 15-03-2016

LOVED IT!

If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

heartfelt, humanitarian, funny.

Which character – as performed by Stephanie Cole – was your favourite?

I found Stephanie's narration fantastic. all the characters were brought to life with warmth and compassion, especially Sister Evangelina. The cockney banter is lovely.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

10 years hard labour

Any additional comments?

highly recommended.

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  • Ms K. E. Evans
  • 25-09-2018

Abridged to the point of absurdity

The Audible version misses out huge swathes of Jennifer Worth's original story. It would be more accurate to call it "Half of Call The Midwife".

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  • lyndianne
  • 13-03-2017

Call the Midwife. Informative and moving book

True factual history of life before the Dawn of the NHS in 1948. The year I was born to a young Mother in London who had run away from the Vallies in S.Wales. Had my birth been any sooner well I might not be here today.
A very well written book.
The account of life in the slums of the East end
of London. For anyone thinking that there life was tough read this book and thank Heaven
and all that is.. that the Workhouses have been
abolished. That young children are cared for by a welfare state. Profoundly moving book.

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  • Mrs tingle
  • 24-02-2017

Brilliant book

brilliant book enjoyed it as much as I have watching the TV series too. Can't wait for next episode on Sunday

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  • Hayley Graham
  • 04-01-2017

Outstanding courage

Fantastic true accounts of courage, sadness,life and death and an insight into the squalid and over crowded housing of yesteryear....Onto book 2 now...Shadows of the workhouse.

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  • Puzzler74
  • 16-01-2019

Perfection

Let yourself be whisked away to the bygone days and enjoy these heartfelt memoirs. Perfect

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-2018

Brilliant

Absolutely fantastic insight into community midwifery and nursing. Insightful, charming and funny. Can’t recommend it enough.

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  • Mary Napier
  • 24-09-2018

A great book

A wonderful story, with laugh out loud moments, well told and read, I really recommend it

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  • Louise
  • 16-02-2018

Loved this book!

Beautifully read by Stephanie Cole - who i remember well from her Tenno days.

And what a fabulous foray into 50s East End London & the world of midwifery. Beautiful journey that I’m looking forward to continuing with the next book.

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  • Martin Garbutt
  • 13-01-2018

Couldn’t have asked for a better start

This is my first audiable book, and boy what a start! I couldn’t stop listening! Read beautifully and written perfectly!! I’m officially hooked!!