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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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    "Yessss"

    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!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pearce 19/08/2017
    Michael Pearce 19/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Ok,"

    Not what I expected REALLY, bit disappointed. Narration was fine. struggled to engage with characters and storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • An Old Hippie Chick
    Walla Walla, WA, United States
    20/03/17
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    "A Great Dystopian Future Book, Well Narrated!"

    I only bother to write reviews (beyond just stars) for books I find exceptionally good or bad. I only bought this because it was on super-sale, so didn't have many expectations. I've never read anything by the author previously. Dystopian futures, though, are one of my favorite genres, and I've read a few that pre-supposed that one gender or the other was nearly wiped out, giving me something to compare it to.

    I gave this 5 stars, as I listened & read it in one sitting. It's a rare book that I can not put down, and even rarer that I read the Kindle (or paperback, etc.) while listening to it. That's my favorite way of really getting into something, especially if it's a bit otherworldly, like sci-fi or dystopian futures. It makes suspending my disbelief easier and shutting my real world out simpler. Although I've read much with the same or similar topics, I did like the way this was put together. Most futuristic books begin with a world already dead or fundamentally changed, so I appreciated reading/hearing how it happened. That's rare.

    I'm currently bound for the Amazon Kindle store to buy the sequel. Note to Kindle/Audible fans: Often you can get the best buy, if you know you're going to buy both, by going to the Kindle store first and checking 'Add Audible narration.' Often the narration is cheaper than what a credit is worth, so I generally save my credits. I have Kindle Unlimited as well, which is well worth the cost, IMO. Since I'm disabled and retired, I do have much more time to read than the average person.

    By the way, I almost forgot to mention that the narration was great as well. It was mostly just one voice, but when other voices were required, they were good too. For me, a good narrator is one that I don't hear too much; that the voice fades away as I get immersed in the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    KANSAS CITY, MO, United States
    26/12/16
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    ""Equals" = "Annoying""

    In spite of my headline, I really enjoyed this book. If not for the writer's tic of overusing "something = something", I would have given it a perfect 5 stars. The story was fascinating, and as another reviewer stated, one of the best things about the story is the author tells you how the characters the protagonist meets along the way, actually end up. Unfortunately most of them don't end up well. The other characteristic that really stood out was that the plot didn't depend on putting the main character in imminent danger over and over again, as a way to move the plot. So many books depend on continual pending disaster.

    This is a post infectious disease world, where very few men and even fewer women and children survive. And the women that do survive the disease, don't seem to survive childbirth. The protagonist, a former OB/GYN nurse in a hospital encounters a wide variety of survivors and keeps a detailed diary of her life in the post-disease world.

    Angela Dawe can be one of my favorite narrators. But her unique voice has to "fit" the book. She fits this book perfectly.

    I

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Yesenia
    17/01/17
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    "Didn't think I'd like it but glad I listened..."
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    I was really worried about this book after reading the complaints about the equals in the other reviews but decided to give the book a try as the rest of the reviews were pretty good. I was glad I did. I had mixed feelings throughout the book but that's okay with me as I think it's more the character was pretty well developed (as in, her actions got to me because I was invested in the story). I ended listening to the entire thing in two days and hoped there was a follow-up book but it did end with a definite ending (this is something that bothers me about this genre of fiction... it seems they all end on a cliff hanger for the next book). There could be a next book or not with this one and I like that.

    Addressing the equals. It didn't bother me so much as it had other reviewers... simply because this story is someone writing in a journal... and I found the story more plausible that she would have this linguistic "tic" and continue it throughout. It almost made it as if I was really "reading" someone's inner thoughts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • B M C
    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.

    8 of 9 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.

    12 of 15 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.

    11 of 14 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

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • mizzoutiger76
    Texas
    09/03/17
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    "Too much for me"

    The only reason I'm giving this book 3 stars is because I liked the narrator. The plot had really good promise, but it fell flat bc the main character was so unlikable. I didn't mind the profanity once I got used to it, but the main character's only redeeming quality was that she was a midwife. I'm slightly offended that I was lead to believe that only the bad attitude, multi-sexual women survive the end of the world. it would have been more believable if she had hardened through the course of the book.

    I also felt like I was reading (or rather listening to) a variety of porn. It was a bit too erotic for my taste.

    And if none of this bothered me, I still would have been upset with the lack of events that failed to transpire after several chapters.

    3 of 4 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!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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