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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Audiobook

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife: The Road to Nowhere, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Philip K. Dick Award Winner for Distinguished Science Fiction

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.

In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men's clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she'll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.

©2016 Meg Elison. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    vicki clackmannan, United Kingdom 13/11/2016
    vicki clackmannan, United Kingdom 13/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    Absolutely loved loved loved this listen. This was the best of its kind in such a long time. Wish I was just starting the story I stead of finished!!!

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  • Brandi Creen
    29/10/16
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    "good apocalypse book"

    There were a few spots where the book made you think, but this isn't a deep contemplation story. It is a good, easy listen.
    My favorite thing about this book is there are no loose ends. When the main character runs into a new person, you will eventually be told what happened in a condensed 3 sentence explanation. How rare is that? That isn't something I would want in most books, but I really enjoyed hearing the stories of everyone to the end of their lives.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Joy
    Annapolis MD United States
    13/10/16
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    "Lets hope our world never goes there"

    No one seemed to know why it happened - it just did and the earth's population went into chaos when an epidemic broke out killing most of the women and children. Men roamed in packs and preyed on whatever women there was left.
    This story was well written and well narrated and worth the credit.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer peg linstrom
    PORTLAND, OR, United States
    19/11/16
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    "review=medium"

    maybe this book is one of those that is better read the traditional way. there are some writing mannerisms that probably look better than they sound. sound=disjointed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brittney D. Meyers
    18/10/16
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    "I liked it, I actually liked it."

    I usually do not prefer the apocalyptic genre of book, and really, I took three risks, I didnt read any reviews, and bought the book before it was released, which is also something I do not do often. When I do it usually means I am desperate for a good book. I was not dissapinted. The author of this book pulls it off magnificently. All I can say is her characters were real to life, the situations where relatable, and what I would see as realistic under the cercumstances. There were multiple changes in views, which is a difficult art to learn, but this author mastered it, and the way she used them was refreshing. I have a select few books that I add to my paper collection. This will probably be one of them. I cannot say much more without ruining the book, but I encourage you to read it. Wonderful job, could not put the book down, and silently mourned it's finish.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Humble & Honest
    15/10/16
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    "GREAT BOOK !!"

    There were no reviews when I chose to try this book. Gave it a chance and it was amazing! Being a nurse myself I was really able to relate to the story. it's got everything. excitement mystery suspense drama fear love and end of the world possibilities. you won't regret listening

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    18/10/16
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    "All men are monsters"

    At times the characters internal monologues don't seem go anywhere and only slows the story down. If they were removed, you wouldn't miss anything.

    The authors illustration of men is very shallow. The only good men are young and naive. All are driven by sex.

    I did find the premiss of the book to be very interesting, but the author did not explore its full impact

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • ocatchavez
    California, USA
    30/11/16
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    "disappointed"

    I'm really baffled by the good reviews. This story dragged for more than half the book and then it got interesting for a bit but then it fizzled at the end and didn't really close out her story. Not impressed and do not recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Partridge
    26/11/16
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    "writing=style=really?=tedious"

    I know that title doesn't make much sense if you haven't read or heard this book but... suffice it to say, those that have understand. They may not agree but they understand. The story line was interesting for me but the authors writing style really wore on me and if I NEVER read/hear another book like this one I'll be very glad. I BARELY made it through this book. Luckily she stopped her this=that kitchy style about 1/3-1/2 of the way through the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharey
    17/10/16
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    "Excellent!"

    This was a great listen. I've read a lot of books on this subject but this was one of the best. I can't wait for Book 2. I hope she uses the same narrator because this one was perfect!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • NMwritergal
    Albuquerque, NM
    01/12/16
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    "Trigger warnings all over the place! Rape, etc."

    I bought this after having just skimmed the synopsis: post-apocalyptic and no zombies? Sounds good. I didn’t read any reviews. In this case, I wish I had known what I getting into. I just can’t stomach violence against women and this book is steeped in it: rape, enslavement, and other horrible things. That would have been enough to warn me off.

    As for the rest, I agree with a lot of what various reviewers say—the this = that in the diary portions was tedious. And I did feel like the author had an agenda. I’m liberal and most certainly NOT a Christian, but I felt like the author said, “Well, there seems to be a push for diverse books these days, so let me throw in some diversity, a lot of LGBTQ stuff, how I think relationships and sex might evolve in a world where there are few women, let me have sexual violence permeate the book, let me portray the Mormons…badly…to show I’m not a fan of religion, let me write this in such a way that I will be called a feminist! Let me check off all the boxes that will make my book ‘diverse!’” The author just seemed really heavy-handed in her treatment of, well, just about every potentially controversial, political, or sensitive subject.

    That said, the writing itself was decent and Dawe’s voice performance was incredible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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