One of the best narrations I have ever listened to. Juliet Mills has a beautiful voice, and all the other narrators add so much character. This book truly comes alive.
This book is set just at the end of WWII, after the German occupation of Guernsey has ended. An interesting, lively story in the beginning unfolds into a look into the lives of people who suffered at the hands of others, but found a way to continue living and thriving. It would have been depressing, because of the descriptions of the horrors the people lived through, if not for the delightful characters. This is a shining jewel of a book. The story is told in the form of letters that the characters write to each other, which is an interesting approach. If you're a cynic who finds emotion smarmy and bothersome, go find yourself a good mystery or sci fi. If you want to make new friends to hold into your heart, and to fall in love, download it immediately!
This is a wonderful, beautiful book. I keep recommending it to friends. And because of the amazing narration, I insist they listen to it.
Beautifully told. I loved the way characters were introduced and the story unfolded. What a great listen! Loved this book.
Loved it! Pleasantly surprised that a book, solely of letters could be so satisfying. I loved every character, every storyline, and every narrator. One of my favorite audiobooks. I'll be giving this book as X-mas gifts!
A very entertaining listen and interesting story line about the Guernsey Island occupation during WWII. Not terribly deep or intellectual, but well read by the actors.
This was a wonderful book, and absolutely the best audio book reading I've heard to date.
This is the story of a literary society that was formed on the Isle of Guernsey - one of Britain's Channel Islands - during its occupation in WWII. The story is told via letters from Juliet, a London-based writer, who finds herself becoming deeply attached to the members of the society. The characters are beautifully developed and read wonderfully by the actors.
It is engaging, interesting, funny, romantic and terribly sad - and I loved every minute of it. Highly, highly recommended!
I bought this book because I love historical fiction, particularly WWII era, and it had some good recommedations. I've tried really hard to get into this audiobook, but I just can't do it. I've started the thing over several times, but it's just not grabbing me and I find my mind wandering every time. I've only listened to about two hours, so maybe it's not fair to review it based on that, but I am quite sure that I will not be able to finish this book. I listen to audiobooks in the car and I'm afraid I will fall asleep at the wheel if I continue to listen to this. Buyers should knwo that this isn't a novel in the standard sense of the word, but a collection of letters. It's difficult to keep track of who is who and how everyone relates to each other. It's also just very, very dry.
I did not choose to listen to this book randomly -- my book club decided to read it. I saw it was on audio, so I bought it. I am so glad that I listened rather than reading. I don't think I would've gone on with it if I had been reading. However, I still have fond memories of all the different voices. Many times on the treadmill last winter I laughed out loud! It's a book with spunk, charm, and warmth.