The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • by Meg Elison
  • Narrated by Angela Dawe
  • 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philip K. Dick Award Winner for Distinguished Science Fiction
When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men's clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she'll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.
After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.


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All men are monsters

At times the characters internal monologues don't seem go anywhere and only slows the story down. If they were removed, you wouldn't miss anything.

The authors illustration of men is very shallow. The only good men are young and naive. All are driven by sex.

I did find the premiss of the book to be very interesting, but the author did not explore its full impact
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- Amazon Customer

Equals = annoying

This writer employs a device where the character constantly makes moronic comparisons of disparate thoughts using =. Maybe this works in print, but is irritating in the audio version. If you can get past that, the story is thin. Stephen King, Shute, McCarthy, and others treated this topic much better.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio