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The Midwife's Apprentice  Audiobook

The Midwife's Apprentice

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Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

Brat has no name, no home, and no shelter against the 14th-century English winter except the foul warmth of a dung heap. So when Jane the Midwife wakes her with a kick and takes the half-starved creature to her cottage, a curious relationship begins. Jane teaches Brat to gather herbs and make the poultices used to ease the pain of childbirth for the village women.

The skinny young girl quickly learns to obey the sharp-tongued midwife, and secretly watches Jane practice her art whenever she can. But Jane is also teaching Brat unspoken lessons that will take longer - maybe a lifetime - to master.

©1995 Karen Cushman (P)1996 Recorded Books

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  • Sher from Provo
    Utah
    22/06/12
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    "A good morality tale for young people"

    A short but good book with a good moral. Written for young people, but if you want your kid to read it, be sure he/she is fairly mature and knows a bit about "the birds and the bees." A fairly young child would not understand what is going on. That is not to say there is anything in it that would not be appropriate. I think it is very appropriate. Still, I would want to read this book with my child because it has the potential to open up a lot of questions for discussion.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daryl
    United States
    13/02/12
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    "Unique"

    An imagined glimpse at ordinary life in medieval Europe—a bold endeavor in itself. The story of a girl's struggle for survival and socialization in a society which is largely indifferent, and sometimes harsh, although there are pockets of human warmth and hope.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    COTTRELLVILLE, MI, United States
    10/12/12
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    "Wise in the end"

    If you are looking for adventure, romance or great historical detail, you will probably not find them here. There is not even that much dialogue. BUT--those are not the only attributes of a good story, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this in the end. What this story does very well is give an intimate view of the gritty side of life from the perspective of an underprivileged girl (well, homeless vagrant, really) who gets plucked from her warm dungpile and is thrust into the role of apprentice to a very stern, cold and critical midwife. I found myself pitying the situation of the apprentice, even while the character herself is grateful for this unexpected boon in her life--regular meals and a clean place to sleep. The crushing comments of the midwife seem purposely cruel, and the apprentice's self-esteem is just about non-existent. The events of the book seem almost depressing--until the very end, and then the wisdom of the midwife and her methods slaps you in the face, leaving you with a greater appreciation for the characters, and for the historical perspective through which this story is told.
    If you liked stories like "The Girl With the Pearl Earring," you will probably enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iris
    14/03/17
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    "A simple story. Worth reading."
    What made the experience of listening to The Midwife's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story of the girl and her experiences.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife's Apprentice?

    When she succeeded in delivering a baby by herself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was able to listen to this book in different pieces. I definitely did not want to just leave it unfinished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Max Farrar
    26/03/15
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    "Charming. Endearing."

    The narrator really conveys the moodiness of the village scenes and depth of Alice's character. There is both sadness and triumph in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Stockton, IL, United States
    09/08/12
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    "A good listen"
    Would you listen to The Midwife's Apprentice again? Why?

    I might listen again, but will need to wait sometime before I make up my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked to girl's examination of herself & her place in society.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marg S
    California
    17/06/12
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    "short but enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    Short but it was just what I wanted on this hot day. Period piece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lenora
    La Crescenta, CA, United States
    23/05/12
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    "interesting insight into another way of life"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    longer would have been good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife's Apprentice?

    her gaining self confidence


    Did Jenny Sterlin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    Do you think The Midwife's Apprentice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes I liked going back in time. getting into the old lifestyles


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marsha Moses
    23/05/12
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    "Great Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Midwife's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    Karen Cushman absolutely captures the awakening of a child from sleeping in a dung heap to discovering that she can do things and make decisions about what she wants to do. I loved the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen
    Paradise Valley, AB, Canada
    14/05/12
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    "Journey in Knowledge"

    The author and narrator told a story of a young girl who grew into a woman with the progression of gained knowledge. She found herself through her experiences (ex. cleanliness) and was able to bring herself up in social status as she gained more knowledge about midwifery. She used this knowledge to help others but was not so conceited that she didn't realize there was more to learn. On the whole it as a wonderful read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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