There may be no more perfect match than Audible Books and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." As a series of letters, telegrams and sundry communications, it might occasionally be an awkward "read." But as performed by the cast on the Audible edition, it is a treasure. I've never finished an Audible Book and wanted to immediately replay it -- till now.
I am so sad now. I just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I am crushed. Not because of the story or because of the ending. It is because all these wonderful people I have just met and fallen in love with are gone. How can they be gone? Friends don’t just go like that, they stay and visit with you. They listen to your stories like you have listened to theirs. If I start the book again right now will it they be back or will it just be a great story now?
I love how the whole book was told by someone reading their correspondence. The letters were wonderful, not short and terse like emails can so often be but beautiful letters or sometimes just notes. Now it would have all been done via a phone and would be lost forever. The beauty of the moment lost with a call waiting beep and the “can you hold on, I have another call”. This was the beautiful storytelling of a beautiful story. It captured a time and a place and the people so much I want to go there now and meet them and see where they live. I am sure Guernsey has change immeasurably since the time this story takes place and the people would have changed too. I still want to go and meet them. I want to talk to them and go to the literary society meeting if they would have me. I will miss them.
I guess you can tell if a book was excellent if you want to go back and not be in the “real” world. I will wait a bit, visit with some other literary friends and then go back and visit with them again. Even if it is only in a book.
A story told in letters, allowing all the characters to express their thoughts on diverse subjects such as the effect of German occupation on the residents of the Island of Guernsey during WWII to the interpretation of bumps on a person's head. A fun, quick read full of wonderfully described people during the year 1946.
Yes, a female friend, as it is a bit of a chick story, but i would recommend wholeheartedly. Darling and engaging, I was really pulling for the characters.
The narrator, because she her love for these folks was infectious.
Friends reading the print version have said it is a bit difficult to keep some of the minor character's story lines straight but I found the variety of narrators helped me follow along.
I enjoyed getting to hear the stories of so many different people yet they were all tied together. I also felt like I was eavesdropping on the personal thoughts of some very interesting people.
The various narrators brought a unique voice to each characters. They all did a great job!
Juliet Ashton. She is the one that unfolds the web of stories to the reader. Her letters gave me a sense of her deep love for her friends and her desire to connect with people on a personal level.
"Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books." Isola Pribby.
I love this quote from the book and I find it funny that this is such a book! When I was three quarters of the way through the book, I started dreading the end because I didn't want it to ever end! The summary doesn't do it justice and it was a wonderful surprise at how quickly I was hooked.
Beautifully performed by multiple narrators, and a fun, compelling, and even somewhat moving story. I really liked learning about the experience of the war in these two different settings, and the characters all brought those experiences to life in a very human way. Occasionally the constraint of having to tell all these stories through letters led to some slightly heavy-handed moments, but on the whole I thought it was a very fine book, and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it.
It's a great story but there are lots of characters, I would pick up on things on second listening that I didn't in the first listen.
The ending was great but I don't want to spoil it
All of the narrators really brought the characters to life and helped you identify them from each other, something that would have been harder to do when reading the book instead of listening to it.
Learning about Elizabeth's story, was very moving, and also how Juliet grew to love all of the Guernsey people, in particular Kit.
Very good story, and I found the historical aspect of the German occupation of the Channel Islands very interesting.
It is charming, sad, and ends well.. all at the same time.
The reader(s), actually. This worked very well as an audiobook.
The different voices for each letter and character.
I kept hoping.. but that would spoil the story.
What I like about this book is it has it all - in just the right proportions. It is a love story but not with gushy make you squirm excessive details, it has unanswered questions about what happened which are explained but not in graphic, unsettling and upsetting horrors of war details. It even explains what a Potato Peel Pie is and how to make it! The character development is realistic, sometimes surprising and creates people you would like to know. Most of all I loved the healing of these people as they adjust to life after living on a German occupied island during World War II. Delightful!