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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,302 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/12/2014

    " I love Karen Cushman! This book is real and believable. You could imagine the daily life of the characters. I really liked this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 2/7/2014

    " A sweet coming-of-age book about an abandoned, medieval, tween finding self-worth and purpose. Very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Stower | 1/28/2014

    " Great YA book for Middle School girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim DeFrange | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book about an homeless orphan living in medieval times who is rescued by a heartless midwife and who learns and grows despite the midwife's efforts to prevent it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenalyn C | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent YA book set in the middle ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KyneWynn | 1/17/2014

    " Well written, includes a lot of historical details with an engaging storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kami | 1/12/2014

    " Cute book. I love the idea of being an apprentice. Glad I wasn't born in this time period though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keli Wright | 1/9/2014

    " I read this book with nine year old Lara that I am babysitting and we really liked it..I liked how she figured out who she was and what she really wanted to do .. and no matter what was a nice person.. and I thought many parts of it were cute.. good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Lynn Thomas | 1/9/2014

    " Read for my Writing from History class. This is a good book, but it didn't quite grab me. Not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/2/2014

    " It's simple storytelling drew me in, a different style than you usually see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hirosasazaki Sasazaki | 11/16/2013

    " This is really nice. I have been expecting this book since I found it in the library at Ghibli museum. Miyazaki recommended it. He doesn't fail me.I love it very much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 9/28/2013

    " I came across this audiobook at the library and really enjoyed it. The story is short, but it contains a wonderful message about self worth and finding your place in the world. I loved all the historical details too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Hobbs | 7/23/2013

    " This was a great book! I want my girls to read it someday. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 3/22/2013

    " I wouldn't want my child to read this. Immorality, dishonesty and other bad behaviors are the norm in this book. there are very few likable characters. there are descriptions of horrible labors that would scare young girls from ever wanting to have babies. No idea why this won the Newberry award. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cissy | 11/3/2012

    " Fascinating, unusual subject and good-enough plot, but the writing style was fairly ho-hum. For a topic that is probably for older (12+) children, the descriptions, characters, and substance of the novel were lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/13/2012

    " 1996 Newbery Medal. In mid-evil England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife and, in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the 3 things she most wants: a fully belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 8/29/2012

    " Great historical fiction about the Middle Ages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 3/29/2012

    " Newbery Winner 1996. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 10/22/2011

    " I probably read this in one day...it was for a children's literature course. I liked it though....seems like something I would be ok with my kids reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elspeth | 9/17/2011

    " Good book. A fun read for the characters and for the time period. Although about midwifery, there are no descriptions that should gross anyone out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 6/14/2011

    " An excellent read, strong imagery which really puts you into the time period. A simple story that is full of depth. It feels very authentic and true to the character portrayed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/24/2011

    " Super fast read. But still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/3/2011

    " Got partway through this, then remembered I had read it before, but it's good enough and short enough to read again just for fun....besides I don't remember how it ends!

    Great read and I learned a bit of history too...and a whole new respect for midwives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 5/1/2011

    " This was a very good book. It was about a girl named Alyce who becomes the midwife's apprentice in the middle ages, and has many challenges along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 4/29/2011

    " Alyce, aka Beetle, is a lovely character and easy to love. But the book itself feels almost more like a collection of stories rather than a single volume with a unified plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/6/2011

    " I really liked this book a lot. It was funny, and I learned a lot. This poor girl without a home, family is able to gain skills to learn that she does have a place in this world. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 3/8/2011

    " It was an ok book for me. Didn't love it but didn't hate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 3/3/2011

    " Great book for a 5-8th grade girl. Great historical fiction of a lone girl finding her place in the world. I read it for a teaching class and enjoyed it myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 3/2/2011

    " a coming of age story of an orphan girl set in the middle ages... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Momma | 3/2/2011

    " ok, not great, could have been a lot lot lot better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/24/2011

    " Adorable! Simple, but filled with lovely little thoughts about self worth and the importance of each individual. I want my children to read this book in a few years. I also loved Cushman's style of writing - different and refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/24/2011

    " I read this book because it was written by Karen Cushman, since I enjoyed her book Catherine, Called Birdy so much. This book was a quick little read, pleasant, with a simply story that followed Brat who becomes Alyce and her journey to find herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 2/20/2011

    " My favorite book during my youth. I would probably re-read it for its wit and for pastime's sake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassidy | 2/17/2011

    " I think that if they had conslers back then, Alce might need to see one.She gets bullied by the boys in town and finds out who she is and her place in the world. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman is the author of many acclaimed historical novels including Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Midwife’s Apprentice, which received the Newbery Medal.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of eight Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.