Beautifully performed by multiple narrators, and a fun, compelling, and even somewhat moving story. I really liked learning about the experience of the war in these two different settings, and the characters all brought those experiences to life in a very human way. Occasionally the constraint of having to tell all these stories through letters led to some slightly heavy-handed moments, but on the whole I thought it was a very fine book, and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it.
It's a great story but there are lots of characters, I would pick up on things on second listening that I didn't in the first listen.
The ending was great but I don't want to spoil it
All of the narrators really brought the characters to life and helped you identify them from each other, something that would have been harder to do when reading the book instead of listening to it.
Learning about Elizabeth's story, was very moving, and also how Juliet grew to love all of the Guernsey people, in particular Kit.
Very good story, and I found the historical aspect of the German occupation of the Channel Islands very interesting.
It is charming, sad, and ends well.. all at the same time.
The reader(s), actually. This worked very well as an audiobook.
The different voices for each letter and character.
I kept hoping.. but that would spoil the story.
What I like about this book is it has it all - in just the right proportions. It is a love story but not with gushy make you squirm excessive details, it has unanswered questions about what happened which are explained but not in graphic, unsettling and upsetting horrors of war details. It even explains what a Potato Peel Pie is and how to make it! The character development is realistic, sometimes surprising and creates people you would like to know. Most of all I loved the healing of these people as they adjust to life after living on a German occupied island during World War II. Delightful!
Perhaps the occupation of the Channel Islands was a paragraph in my history books in school, but this novel brings it to life. It was very informative about a horrific time, but relatively upbeat as told by the survivors with a lovely post war story weaved throughout.
Juliet is a delightful character, but Dorsey is my favorite. The quiet hero, intellegent beyond his education, and wise beyond his years.
I have not.
Yes, when the children are sent away for safety.
The narration is wonderful for all the characters. I did listen to this book before I read it and now I can hear the voices when I read the book to myself.
Juliet is my favorite character for many reasons. She loves books like family, she is funny and compassionate, and very honest. When asked for references, she provides the name of a family friend who loves her, and a women she worked with who despises her. How cool is that?
Juliet performed by Susan Duerden was my favorite, so much so that I have looked for (and found) other books she has narrated.
This book will make you laugh and cry. The characters become real friends who you can root for and live with.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
Its pretty high up in my rankings. I really did enjoy this listen. Its an accumulation of letters written back and forth between members of a small town book club and a newspaper columnist to create one of the most enjoyable reads. I found myself imaging what it truely was like for these people
With many characters to remember, hearing their voice(s) was a tremendous help.
Expressive and soothing at the same time
Very good title considering the times.
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.