Axie Muldoon, the headstrong daughter of poor Irish immigrants, grows up to become the most successful - and controversial - midwife of her time. 'Saved' from poverty by a well-meaning philanthropist, Axie is sent West. However, she soon returns to New York, and is taken in by a Manhattan doctor. There she learns the craft that she will live by - and later fight for. As a purveyor of 'lunar tonic for the relief of female complaints' she rises from the gutter to the glitter of 5th Avenue high society.
But as Axie's reputation grows she finds herself on a collision course with the crusading official who would be her downfall. It will take all her power to outwit him and save both herself and those she loves from ruin. Inspired by a true story from the 19th century, My Notorious Life by Madame X is a stunning tale of freedom, family and the many faces of love.
©2013 Kate Manning (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 21-07-14

Perfect Fabulous and Just Amazing

Would you consider the audio edition of My Notorious Life by Madame X to be better than the print version?

I have no idea as have not read the book but the narration is perfect. There was no time during the whole book that the narrator got on my nerves. Superb

Who was your favorite character and why?

I do not have a favourite as all the individuals in the book had their own story to tell. All the characters make the story very real.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There was no one scene I enjoyed the most but this book gives the best description of giving birth I have ever read

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The extra ordinary story of a woman dedicated to supporting other women

Any additional comments?

A truly fascinating account of a woman experienced in Midwifery and the support of women including providing termination of pregnancy in the 1800's. A very good account of the way in which the male dominated medical profession felt threatened by and derided midwifery therefore medicating child birth thus creating the cascade of intervention. A great insight as to the lives of women in the 1800's.

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5 out of 5 stars
By angela on 06-01-17


everything about this story was gripping and inspiring. the journey women have gone through and those who have been brave to help them get justice and develop gender equality.

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