Everything! I was so apprehensive about starting this book, but I am so glad that I did. What a great story. I learned so much about WWII and what happened to people. It seems that we will never know the full extent of atrocities committed during that war.
I loved the people and their personal correspondence. I hate that we have lost the art of writing such lovely letters.
About mid-way through the book my favorite character was Marc Reynolds because he was just so clever with words. Then he became a bit too bossy and I liked Juliet best. I think I really enjoyed the book best before Juliet went to Guernsey and she was simply corresponding with the Potato Peel Pie members.
I thought all of the narrator's were fantastic. I liked that they decided that Susan D. would only read letters from Juliet and no other characters. This REALLY brought the characters to life for me. Each character was so real.
I know that the other narrators did several characters each, but these narrators are some of the best in the business and if you are new to audiobooks, you may never know that the narrators are reading letters from a few characters instead of just one.
I laughed out loud a few times and I was very disturbed during several parts of the book, especially when the author described the tote workers. Terrible.
I loved this book. I think that reading the book would be a little bit harder to get through because of the addresses at the top of each letter. The addresses can get repetitive and one might be tempted to skip over reading them; however, the addresses do ensure you know where each character is because of the address so they are important. I also thought having the narrators read the addresses would be a problem, but it wasn't. I was actually anxious to hear where the characters were and this was noted when the address was read before each letter.
If I had to choose one word to describe this book, I would use "perfect". This book was absolutely perfect. I loved it.
In love with love...
I will admit that I was a bit leery about this book as its not exactly my typical read. But I trusted all of the great reviews I read. I feel like I am the one reading the letters and that I am watching the book unfold. The author has mastered describing Guernsey and its inhabitants. This book was light in part and heavy in others and overall it was a great read. I read while at work!
The first half of this book was a 5 star rating, but about halfway through, the storyline started shifting its focus and it wasn't quite as interesting anymore. Even so, it's still a sweet story with a cast of loveable characters. And I enjoyed learning a little bit about Guernsey and the German occupation of the island during WWII.
The narration was excellent. The entire cast of readers did an outstanding job.
Isola- she's such a hoot!
Falling in love with an island via snail mail.
I did not read the print version, so I don't know.
I would really like to find one similar to it.
It made me want to live in Guernsey. The narration was awesome-having many narrators provides a great delivery.
Description of Guernsey was wonderful. Character development was great. Flashbacks to the occupation-done nicely.
The accents of the narrators make you feel you are there with the characters.
Elizabeth-she is a courageous and good person.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Letters from the past. (four words, but I cheat, sorry)
Happily I have a ready answer to this question, as all through this story the book "84 Charing Cross Road" kept coming to my mind. Memorably it ("84 Charing Cross... ") later was a movie staring Ann Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, & Judi Dench. I guess because it also was based on letters between characters after WW II and I enjoyed them both very much.
The characters had their own voices and as there were so many it was important in keep them separate. All narrators were competent and enjoyable.
Loved the title! Loved the beginning of the book, the first half seems better conceptualized. I loved that the Islanders started to write to Juliet individually. I did find a few of the later characters a little one dimensional.
I am looking forward to the movie if it ever really does come out. I understand that Ms Shaffer passed away in 2008, which is sad. I am glad that she left this inspiring story of courage in adversity for us to enjoy. It was co-authored by her capable neice Ms Barrows.
Hey Hey Hey
Some interesting stuff about the Channel Islands...which I had really not thought about more than the incredible dairy cows that come from there. (mmm, raw Jersey milk is my favorite)
The entire book is a collection of letters that tells the story. I enjoy first person stories from letters and diaries, probably because I feel like I'm taking a sneak peak into someone's secret life. Thankfully I got the audio version because the different voices helped me keep track of who was who. Good casting.
It wasn't brilliantly written, but I enjoyed it. I had one issue with the story. But once I got it, it stuck in my craw and annoyed me. The protagonist was a bit too perfect...strong, single at a time when a 32 year old single woman wasn't really all that cool, an accomplished writer, deep thinker, maternal, kind, honest, trustworthy, loyal...way too good to be true. And the abrasive American...really? We get one rep in the entire book and he has to be a self-centered jerk? This is a book about WW2. Shouldn't we get some props from THAT at least? I mean really, how do you think that whole fiasco would have turned out without the Americans? It made me wonder about the authors...So I looked them up and, to no surprise, they are from Berkeley. I lived in and love the Bay Area with all my heart...but PLEASE stop hating your own country. Americans aren't all bad. I may not measure up to the uber perfect heroine, but I'm a pretty good soul.
Aside from that I think this is a pretty good book. Enlightening and sobering in places, it finally comes together in a pretty entertaining way.
This was a charming little story. I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the format, style and plot. This book has unexpected layers and I loved that it was told in a series of letters- a unique style. The narrators were fantastic and the descriptive writing makes me want to go visit Guernsey. I would strongly recommend this book if you are in the mood for something light and fun(although it does have serious content as well). It just mostly made me smile.
... and not so recently. This story is funny, touching, informative, sad, happy -- pretty much perfect. Elizabeth's story is heartbreaking and made me cry, which I rarely do for a book. The narration was great too, with multiple actors adding dimension to the characters. I think this is a case where the audiobook could be even better than the book (not sure though, because I have not read the hard copy).