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The German Midwife

Written by: Mandy Robotham
Narrated by: Julia Winwood
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kate Furnivall comes a gritty tale of courage, betrayal and love in the most unlikely of places.

Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Führer himself, Anke Hoff is assigned as midwife to one of Hitler’s inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die.

Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the Nazi regime, Anke is swept into a life unlike anything she’s ever known - and she discovers that many of those at the Berghof are just as trapped as she is. And soon, she’s falling for a man who will make her world more complicated still.... 

Before long, the couple is faced with an impossible choice - and the consequences could be deadly. Can their forbidden love survive the horrors of war? And, more importantly, will they?

©2018 Mandy Robotham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Incredibly powerful, harrowing but ultimately uplifting. I couldn’t put this down." (Katie Fforde)

"A fascinating story which had me forgetting it’s fiction! So well written, I was left pondering if the events could actually be true. Enthralling!" (Kitty Neale)

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omg! I cried! read this!

I am in tears! this book. omg! I have so many questions. but my heart breaks for so many

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  • Cat
  • 2019-11-09

Not as good as the critics’ reviews make you think

I did not enjoy this book at all. Started up promising, but it lacked any deep insight and character development. It was more a collection of graphic depictions of different child births than a narrative about the struggles of living during WW2. If you want to enjoy a good WW2 novel I highly recommend “the Alice Network”, or “The Nightingale”, or “the Room on Rue Amelie”. This one doesn’t come close.
And the narrator’s performance was tough, the whining was awful, exaggerated.

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Great book.

Enjoyed every minute of it. Wonderful when driving in the car. Makes a long journey interesting.

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great performance, easy to listen to.

the first chapter made me worried I wouldn't be able to listen. the story grew and I was swallowed up in the life of the midwife. satisfying ending.

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Loved this book!

This book was beautifully written. It is wonderful, heartrending storytelling. The narration was top-notch. Loved it!

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excellent writing and heart wrenching story!

Well worth the listen...it will keep you listening long after you had planned! looking forward to more from this author!

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Fabulous story!

I absolutely loved the story and highly recommend the book. The reader was excellent. Loved it.

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  • Wendy
  • 2019-07-03

I would love more from this author!

I simply loved this book. My career has been in women's health care and the birth stories are all too familiar. This story traces the life of a German Midwife during WWII in Germany... from the camps to becoming a midwife to a very important mother-to-be. I won't spoil the plot here, but the feelings of hope and rebirth are paramount to the story. Great narrator, great story.... I was sorry to get to the end.

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  • Amy N
  • 2019-06-12

Incredibly well-written, absorbing, haunting......

I can't recommend this novel more. I am not a huge WWII fan, but I do have a huge interest in midwifery, and through that curiosity I learned a lot of horrible things that happened in Germany during WWII, but also the beautifully written birth scenes, and through that the transcendence of love. The love story in the book is wonderful, and I wept at the end. Performed by the narrator perfectly.

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  • paula wright
  • 2019-03-28

Since this book is historical fiction and Mandy could take liberty why was I almost crying at epilogue

Such a great book. I got so involved with main characters This is my favorite genre of books and Mandy didn’t disappoint I will wait for more from her

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  • Erica Lea Barclay
  • 2019-06-17

A lovely fiction for any midwife!

As a home birth midwife, I travel by car several hundred miles a week and go through audiobooks like mad. I decided I should try a midwifery fiction story and am so incredibly pleased I chose The German Midwife. Everything about this book, was a turn on. The love story is merely a sweet occurrence in the background of the main plot. The birth scenes are written as if a midwife wrote them, detailed and full of experience, trust & love for the birthing client. The narrator is engaging and refreshing. I will be listening to this again and have already told many midwives in the community about this book!!

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  • Jaymee O
  • 2019-09-23

Call the Midwife fans: READ THIS

This was a charming story about a midwife wrapped up in the struggle of WWII Germany. Highly recommended. I'm not usually a historical fiction fan, but this story and the angle of a midwife working in a concentration camp immediately drew me in. I ended up researching the story of real-life German midwives in labor camps and found the descriptions in the novel to be very realistic.

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  • Aussi
  • 2019-09-01

Loved this one!

Beautiful, tragic story. Couldn’t stop listening. Well-written and performed. One of the best stories from this genre I’ve read.

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  • E. Lea
  • 2019-11-24

DONT WASTE A CREDIT

If you’d like to listen to about 57 stories of detail after detail about labor, buy this book. Otherwise, don’t waste your money. I’m not exaggerating, 90% of the book is just pointless graphic details about women in labor. Most of the woman have no role in the book and theres zero purpose to the story line by discussing their birthing process. And yet, the author will go on and on about the “lubrication of the vagina during birth” and “massaging the cervix”, etc etc. I kept waiting for there to be a purpose to all of it. There was not. It seems the authors sole purpose is to sell the audience on using a midwife. Which I’m all for but I have zero interest in listening to a book that consists only of story after story of labor. It was repetitive,pointless and boring. Don’t waste a credit.

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  • Mary L. Gutierrez
  • 2020-01-01

Was captivated from the very beginning

It normally takes me a few chapters to really fell committed to a book, but not this time. From the very start of this book, I was hooked! I’m looking forward to listening to more books by Mandy Robotham and will be equally excited if they are narrated by Julia Winwood as good narrators are hard to find.

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  • David Tousey
  • 2019-12-27

Inspiring

This book - whether based in truism or not & given the current political climate - inspires us all to be TRUE to our belief systems.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-19

GREAT BOOK!!

Loved it and can't wait the read more from this author. The ending is beautiful!

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