I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
Anyone who thought the characters "sounded all alike" would possibly feel differently if the book was experienced in audible form. Audible used at least four narrators and it really enhanced my enjoyment.
The story was sweet, but very predictable.
The title is very long and silly if I close my eyes I couldn't repeat it aloud (so therefore, in a sense, forgettable.)
The use of letter writing between characters to tell the story made the whole book very 'passive' rather than interactive.
And how is it that letters are sent-received and answered-received all on the same day?(Oooh, I forgot to suspend disbelief.) They must have had a helluva mail service in 1946. (Here in CA a letter to my neighbor takes at least 2 days.)
The characters were all so "veddy" eccentric, making them inplausible.
So WHY did I really enjoy this and give it 4 stars? I cannot explain it for the life of me! But like it I did.
Addicting, thought-provoking, enjoyable
I am still looking for a book that I can compare this to.
Many moments between Juliet and Elizabeth's daughter and the relationship that blossomed between the two of them.
I am 3/4 though this book, so I don't know how it ends, but two things are apparent to me at this juncture: I long for the days when handwritten letters were lovingly composed and people listened avidly for the sound of the mail being delivered, AND, I am approaching the last third of this wonderful book and can't bear the thought of it ending and saying farewell to the wonderful cast of characters the authors and narraters brought to life. I am literally feeling a little depressed to think that it will all too soon come to an end and, as much as I want to finish it, I am trying to savor this last bit. I've actually been googling Guernsey to find real photographs of the island and have found a new interest in WWII and the area. I am loving this book, especially the way the different narraters bring each character so vividly to mind. One of my favorite listens, for sure!
Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.
This is a sweet story with interesting characters although there were terribly dark parts when the Nazis actively entered into the plot. It somehow didn't convey the terror and claustrophobic sensation that "Island at War" on Masterpiece Theatre did, possibly because it was placed AFTER the central events had unfolded rather than while they were actually happening. Listening to the book was, for me, more enjoyable than reading it, as the characters were so strongly brought to life by the narrators. Wanting to find out what happened to the various personalities kept me going through some of the more tedious parts. Whoever played "Dawsey" grabbed me right at the beginning and kept me going through the whole book.
The Narration! Loved the multiple narrators, especially since the story was told by letters. Other books that I have listened to get a bit annoying at times when one narrator assumes several different characters....it usally doesn't work for me.
Getting to know all the characters!
I have not.
Instead of having the tv on while falling asleep, as so many do, I listen to this on my kindle....
Let me begin by saying that I'm a sucker for novels written in letters, as this one is. This is a lovely little tale set mostly on the island of Guernsey, where the main character, a writer, has come in search of a subject for her next book. Like Juliet, I did not know much about the Channel Islands and how the residents lived under Nazi occupation during World War II. The characters were unique but generally beliveable. I might have liked the novel even better without the pat romantic ending, but I still give it a thumbs up.
Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.
Loved this book. I want to read more from this author and there isn't a thing out there. Fascinating story, it was riveting to listen to and very well done.
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.
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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!