Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Farewell to the East End

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Leaving a middle-class childhood to become a midwife in London's poor East End, Jennifer Worth not only delivered babies, she touched numerous lives and recounted with depth the heartrending story of a neighborhood in transition. Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy's delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan'mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : Highbridge Co., [2014]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: �2014
ISBN: 9781622313471
162231347X
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10 3/4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Farewell to the East End

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IV27HUjg
Jan 20, 2017

Many dedicated PBS and Brit-lit fans are familiar with Call The Midwife & the wonderful tales of the newly formed National Health Service of mid to late 1950's. Much of Britain was ages behind the US due to the devastation & financial crisis the war had caused, which would not be fully paid off to the US for decades. People were displaced, the country was suffering economically.

It's somewhat nostalgic to view this series and the story of women working together for the common good. A country invested in the welfare of the population, where every citizen of every economic being is given health care. This is a culture, country of traditions and a very different attitude than the US. The NHS has it's shortcomings & faults but every single person has health care. Just my opinion.

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Oct 19, 2014

I have watched the three seasons of Call the Midwife and I'm currently listening to Farewell to the East End. I cannot get enough. I love the true stories of women helping women to give birth and the variety of birth situations. I am also very happy to hear such a positive, nurturing description of the role of sisters living and working in a religious order.

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Fionaenzo
Feb 24, 2014

Beautifully written - can't believe this memoir has not received greater recognition. I loved the television series but the audio book has historical issues referenced as to women's health, lack of control over their own bodies (sound similar to today's politics?), endangerment, etc.
The narrator has a very sweet voice - which is "almost" incongruous with some of the historical facts but it is actually refreshing and inspires hope. Perfect balance of historical realities, harrowing contexts and character descriptions. Midwives were/are amazing professionals. Loved it!

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