Multiple readers a delight. Story was very interesting as was use of letters in different voices to convey story line. So glad I chanced upon this audible book.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
In 1976, Mary Ann Shaffer begins researching the 1940 German occupation of Guernsey, one of the British Channel Islands. After completing her research, Shaffer starts writing the story of Guernsey’s WWII’ occupation but the book does not get finished by Shaffer; i.e. it is completed by Annie Barrows, her niece (an editor and published writer), because illness takes Shaffer’s life before the book is published. Shaffer dies in February 2008; the book is published in July of the same year.
Popularity of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” surprises and delights those who enjoy historical novels. The surprise comes from the letter-writing format of the story; the delight comes from the skillful audio book narration of 5 talented word-spinners.
Humanness is clearly on display in Shaffer and Barrows entertaining story. This is a good read, judged by its many positive reviews, but the audio version adds dimension to its blunt, poignant, and sometimes, comic correspondence.
Loved the narrators. Disappointed in the author. Used language offensive to me (taking the Lord's name in vain) and made the one despicable character in the book a hypocritical Christian. This kind of ruined it for me because it was such a good book.
The Sweet By and By
This story will grab you by the heart and never let you go. I found myself grieving for the lovable, eclectic characters long after I finished the book.
They were all brilliant!
Too many to count, but probably when Juliette arrived in Guernsey and met everyone from the Literary Society.
I would love to wake up and find myself neighbors, especially Isola. LOVE her!
Although I usually save my audiobooks for my commute, this one was I had to listen to at home because I was so charmed by it and couldn't wait to hear how the characters developed. It's the best mixture of historical facts, compelling story, and wonderful characters. And I just LOVED the voices.
I think I would not enjoy this book in a written format. It helped to have different characters read the letters.
The title intrigues listeners - I would not change!
It was a cute story. I am usually a nonfiction person but liked the historical aspect so I decided to listen. I wouldn't say it was my favorite but it was a cute book.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
This books has pretty much all the elements that I enjoy in fiction: wonderful characters, interesting history background, romance, friendship and some twists and turns that should keep you listening through the end.
I agree with others reviewers that it is perhaps the correspondence exchange format that makes this book perfect as an audiobook.
To top it all, the narrators are all great and their performances allow you to be transported to London & the island of Guernsey during and after World War 2.
The letters that are exchanged between the different characters, served as the perfect vehicle to help you experience the German occupation of the little island of Guernsey (located in the English channel out of the coast of Normandy) and how it impacted their lives.
A little nugget of information, as you can see the book has two authors listed, Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows. Mrs. Shaffer finished the original manuscript of the book but by the time the editor requested some rewriting, she passed away. Ann Barrows, Mrs. Shaffer's niece, was already an established author of children's books, so she was asked to finish the editing and rewrite the parts requested by the editor.
If you enjoy historical fiction with a little bit of romance, you will probably enjoy this wonderful book!!
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.