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This is a fun, engaging, and often poignant story of a family that moves to a remote Scottish island, renovates a croft and sets out to live a much simpler life. The stories center on quirky island folk and old traditions. This hardy nurse sees it all. Rising to every occasion with tremendous aplomb.
However, the narration was an issue for me. The accents were off and varied with a great deal of inconsistency. What was worse was the slow speaking mode the narrator used. I remedied the problem by, for the first time ever, increasing my play back speed. I found that 1.25 speed was perfect and made the reader sound almost normal. I did not want to give up on the story-- so this was a quick fix that made the book tolerable.
Narration aside it was a good story and worth the effort. If you enjoyed Call the Midwife, the Irish country Doctor series or even the James Herriot books you might enjoy this visit to the Outer Hebrides.
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If you could sum up Call the Nurse in three words, what would they be?
Sorry it ended!
What other book might you compare Call the Nurse to and why?
Dr. Mutter's Marvels and other stories like Working Stiff that actually take you to the workplace.
Which scene was your favorite?
The description of finding Bitty,although very grim, reminds me of what is still happening today. People get lost by the world although they are still very much alive. Sometimes there is no call for help before a chainsaw or ax or knife or gun or bomb takes lives.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, I had to digest some parts of it and go back to it to listen again. This book could use a sequel since I am sure the stories could go on and on!!
Any additional comments?
One of the very best books ever!! It actually describes a community which is remote enough to be dependent on the others in the community. We would be fortunate to find such a community today in a time where our remoteness may be technological.
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