Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The new number-one best seller from the author of The Wonder and Room

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the best-selling author of The Wonder and Room.

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders - Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, caregivers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

©2020 Emma Donoghue (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about The Pull of the Stars

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    159
  • 4 Stars
    56
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    173
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    141
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Tedious details

Although I loved Emma Donoghue’s previous books—Room and Akin, I found this novel to be rather tedious with its extreme detail. Perhaps interesting to a midwife or nurse. Listening to to it in Audio where every single word is read made it a lot longer. I stuck with it as I enjoyed the reader but it could have used more of the nurse’s personal life. Room took place mainly in one room, and this book took place in one room with 2 or 3 patients 99% of the time as
well. Perhaps this is a challenge Ms. Donoghue likes to take on? I would have liked to hear more about this flu and more details as to how it affected Ireland and more about the nurse’s background .

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

In a Nutshell

This is 2020 in a nutshell.

This book is prefect to read during the worldwide pandemic.

it was interesting to see the similarities between past and present(2020).

The characters were interesting, story was great, narrator was the best I heard in awhile.

Happy Listening

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Read it!

Emma Donoghue has the amazing ability to make you fall in love with her characters. This book is no exception. There were times that I felt I was in the room watching the story unfold. So good!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

a good read

I found it slow at first, but totally enjoyed it. A bit gory in places, but truthful.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Pull of the stars

Pull of the Stars an excellent read. I highly recommend it. Enjoyed the story immensely.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent story!

Loved the story. characters were well developed. Narrator was fabulous! Highly recommend this timely novel.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Perfect listen during Covid.

What an amazing historical story and amazing acting! This is an important book for every listener.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Relive the pandemic again

This was probably not the right time to read this book, as it takes place during the 1918 Pandemic and it's rather repetitive of what's happening today. I will say this was written in 2018 before the present pandemic hit, so from that point of view, it's rather foretelling. These is really a collection of smaller stories of women who were admitted to the maternity ward showing signs of the virus. Each story is unique but I was missing a bigger story line. There was nothing that wanted me to keep reading to "see what happened next" kind of thread running through it. The ending is a bit of a reprieve but nothing that wanted me to give this book 5 stars. Sorry, it's ok but not great, is my humble opinion.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

reccomend read

Great insight into nursing, excellent display of a snap shot of the Spanish flu. Written and read beautifully. The chapters get better and better with a captivating ending!

it's a great reflection and perspective change of the COVID pandemic and the Spanish flu pandemic.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Pull of the Stars - masterful writng

The vocie of the narrator matched the story so well...I was enthralled from the beginning. The author had researched her work so well thta you felt the authenticity of the setting.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Alexey Badalov
  • 2020-10-25

Pertinent

Listening to this during a pandemic is certainly a different experience. Finishing this book qualifies you to receive a midwife certificate, though the story takes a dip once all the babies are delivered. The narrator sings poorly even when the book says it is supposed to be good.