My Notorious Life: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kate Manning

Narrated By: Terry Donnelly

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2013

Duration: 20 hours 3 minutes


Set in New York City in the last half of the nineteenth century, and based on a true story, MY NOTORIOUS LIFE is the fictive memoir of Axie Muldoon, a near-orphan girl who becomes one of the most successful – and controversial – midwives of her time. Told in a magnetic voice, rough and vivid, Axie recounts how she is separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor and midwife, and how she later parlays the sale of a few bottles of "lunar tonic for female complaints" into a thriving midwifery practice with her husband and fellow orphan, Charles G. Jones. But Axie is on a collision course with one of the most zealous, censorious characters of her era: Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, and it will take all of Axie's power to outwit him and save herself and her family from ruin.

A love story, a family saga, a brilliant rendering of a historical time and heated political climate, MY NOTORIOUS LIFE is ultimately the story of one woman making her indomitable way in a difficult world – with her fierce and vibrant spirit, Axie Muldoon is a heroine for the ages.