The Midwife's Apprentice

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Karen Cushman

Narrated By: Charlotte Coleman

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes


On a frosty morning sometime in the fourteenth century, in a village somewhere in England, a gift known only as Brat was sleeping in a dung heap.

"You, girl. Are you alive or dead?"

When she opened her eyes, she saw an important-looking woman with a sharp glance and a sharp nose and a wimple starched into sharp pleats. This woman was Jane the Midwife, and she needed a helper...

The Midwife's Apprentice by the author of Catherine, Called Birdy

Thus begins the funny, wise, compassionate story of the homeless waif who became the midwife's apprentice -- a person with a name and a place in the world.

This Newbery Honor-winning story, complete with an epilogue read by the author, and an extensive author interview, conducted by a young "fan," will usher young listeners into the middle of the fourteenth century.


  • Haylie Smart

    The narrator does not follow along with the book exactly. Many phrases and wording are different, as well as paragraphs and entire pages being skipped altogether. Trying to find where you left off is not made well either. It should skip to chapters, like skipping tracks on a CD. One long stream is difficult in finding your spot. This was not pleasant to use while teaching. I don't recommend.

Midwife's Apprentice

by Karen Cushman

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Midwife's Apprentice, Karen Cushman