I loved the format of telling a story through letters. It worked so well and made me realize how deprived we are in the email age. I would love to get newsy, personal, interesting letters like those in the book.
I never knew that Guernsey had been occupied during the war. The stories of how that affected the different characters was an eye opening read.
It is hard to have a favorite. All the characters were so well developed, but I guess it would have to be Julia. Her voice was soothing and sweet and so full of emotion.
Dear Friend: Letters of the Heart
I have recommended this book and audio to all my friends!
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
The setting was fascinating, the occupation of the Channel Islands, and the book was delightful to read, but like a meringue, when it was over, I couldn't help but wonder why it wasn't that satisfying. WWII lite. My 11 year old son loved it.
So many of my friends had recommended this book to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I don't think i would have enjoyed it as much if i had read the real book myself. Listening to all the different voices made it a really wonderful experience. Like a radio play or something. It was great!
An avid listener of audio books.
The story was beautiful. It took me a little while to get used to the format of the book and the different narrators but once I got into it I just loved it. Really worth a listen.
This book came as a recomendation from others and now I know why. These authors know how to capture your attention with good storyline, interesting characters, great wordsmithing. It was hard to put the book down, you just couldn't wait for the next chapter. Made me want to move to Guernsey and become one of the Islanders. This is one of those books that will be read many times over.
I've recommended this book to my friends because it's one of best books I've ever read (listened to). The story is told in such a compelling way -- through letters and telegrams (remember telegrams?) between the characters. Who doesn't love to read old letters, especially when they're witty and full of real people having real experiences?
The book is comparable to 84 Charing Cross Road, but there is much more humor, joy and sorrow because of the experiences of the characters during the Nazi occupation.
It's hard to pick a favorite character, partly because the narrators did such a wonderful job of bringing each character to life. You, of course, love the main character Juliet, but the
Oddly enough, the most memorable character in the book is the person you never hear from directly -- Elizabeth, the strong, brave, stubborn, heroic and beloved friend, neighbor and founder of the Society.
I absolutely love this book. I confess that I have listened to it many times and will probably continue to listen to it. Besides the wonderful characters and storylines, the history in the book was fascinating. The details of what happened before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the British Channel Islands was riveting.
I loved this audiobook. I purchased it to drive across Washington state... and it made the time fly. I highly recommend the book, you love the characters and their stories.
I originally read this book and recommended it to almost everyone I knew. I bought the audible version because it was on sale at one time and I wanted to spend time with the characters again. This book sparked an interest in the channel islands during WWII. The story is written in all letters. The audible version states who is writing to whom before the letter is read which makes it easy to follow. If you like books that are character driven then download this one.
The story was suggested by a friend who has similar taste in books but I was reluctant to read it because of the format (letters.) I downloaded the book and was hooked. The characters are charming and they sneak into your heart unnoticed - I feel as though I've made some new friends! The stories about the war made me tear up and the setting that I could picture so clearly, gave the story a real endearing quality. Please. Read this book.
I enjoyed the readers almost as much as the book itself! They helped the story to develop in more concrete ways. Fantastic and recommended read!
Writer, editor, translator.
You won't regret the time spent to listen to the wonderful reading of this marvelous book. Every character comes alive. It's not long, but by the end, I wished it were.