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The Midwife of Hope River

A Novel of an American Midwife
Narrated by: Anne Wittman
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need - and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust - but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.

Honest, moving, and beautifully detailed, Patricia Harman's The Midwife of Hope River rings with authenticity as Patience faces nearly insurmountable difficulties. From the dangerous mines of West Virginia to the terrifying attentions of the Ku Klux Klan, Patience must strive to bring new light and life into an otherwise hard world.

©2012 Patricia Harman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Daryl
  • 07-10-16

Beautiful and Moving

I enjoyed this book immensely. Years ago, I read Patsy harman's memoir "The Blue Cotton Gown" and was thrilled to read her novels. Midwifery, the Great Depression, and Apalachea have all fascinated me, so putting them together was like a dream book.
The plot moves along slowly, as the seasons change, so I realize not all will like this style. But the author's descriptions of the land, the weather, the people were somehow comforting, even in moments of great sadness and despair.
The narrator was amazing. I felt like I had a warm voice telling me the story. At points you could even hear her smile. The only drawback to her performance is the fact that she didn't sing at all, even the well-known Christmas carols or other tunes. When the characters sang, she orated poetically, but something was lost in the performance because of this.
Overall, this book was well worth my time and credit.

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  • Derek
  • 25-08-16

Amazing

Amazing book about a woman's journey and race relations during the depression. A must read for women's health providers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

LOVED THIS BOOK

As a doula for 40 years, I was excited to read a book about a midwife by a midwife. The births were very realistic & such a variety, that made everything flow so much better for me. :-)

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  • Mollie
  • 16-02-17

Promising start, but got predictable at the end

Where does The Midwife of Hope River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top quarter, but it must be taken into account that I've listened to a lot of Audible books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife of Hope River?

I enjoyed the stories of the babies she delivered, but I got tired of every single mother saying, "My baby!" when handed her child.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know that I had a favorite, but the final scene was too contrived. The author could've drawn the ending out a little more, which would have been a lot more satisfactory.

If you could take any character from The Midwife of Hope River out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I guess the main character, Patience Murphy. The book focuses on her more than anyone else.

Any additional comments?

It's a good book, and I started out loving it. I don't regret the time I invested, but the final scene made me angry.

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  • Sofie Bell
  • 24-01-17

Held my interest and sweet ending

I found this book to be interesting the whole way through. lots of historical facts of this period in history. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

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  • stella heryford
  • 07-02-19

I love Midwifery

I worked with newborns and children for so many years I loved this book.The place is slow, but held my interest. I couldn't wait for each delivery and what happens with the newborn, family, and believe it or not what food was given in payment.

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  • cop4christ33
  • 26-01-19

Excellent read. I was fully engaged the whole time

I loved the back story of Patience. I enjoyed all the stories of every birth she and Bitsy assisted. I’m looking forward to part two of the story.

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  • Inga Arts
  • 25-01-19

Bad narration

The story line is great, narration not so. Inflection many times is just poor. A lot of songs are referred to and it’s obvious she has no clue of the tune and makes them sound robotic. Could have put more effort into it.

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  • Asheley
  • 24-11-18

One of my favorites!

This is one of my all-time favorite books and series, and Patience Murphy is one of my all-time favorite characters. I love that this story is set in Union County, West Virginia during the Depression. Since Patience is the local midwife, she is able to give us an up-close and personal view of this area during this time. After all, every socioeconomic group has babies. Patience is called into each different type of neighborhood to deliver babies and we are able to see that the poor economy of that time had its way with every social group, although some far more than others. I found that I was very interested in what the people paid (or did not/could not pay) for the midwifery services OR what they traded in lieu of payment. I also love the details of each delivery. As a Labor and Delivery nurse myself, it is so cool to be able to visualize these births and to realize that women have been delivering babies in basically the same way for ages - normally and with the same types of complications - only the technology has changed.

I'll listen to this one over and over in the future, I'm sure of it. I would recommend it to those who have an interest in Depression-era Appalachian history and those who are interested in midwifery. Totally worth a credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-18

Too drawn out

I thought the story was too drawn out and I was syruggling to finish it.
Then I remembered books are supposed be enjoyed not trudged through so I stopped listening to it.