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).
Travel is essential, snowboarding a need. I love speed: cars, motorcycles, boards. Food is more than a requirement; on the best days it's a supreme indulgence.
Heartfelt, uplifiting, surprising
The completely different angle on story telling: letters between people.
Not sure I've heard any of the narrators before, but they all played their roles very well. The accents were great.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. The title was about as random as they come; and I loved that they actually explain it. It's a fantastic story of love, loss and friendship told in a unique way.
Entertaining, with historical highlights, and beautiful characters, the author—and in turn the narrators—were able to make each person really come alive. This might be one of those books better read to you, than by you.
Yes, it was a beautiful story of survival and heartache.
The characters were very real and well performed by the talented cast.
It was much more of a performance than just reading the story. This is my first time listening to a story with multiple narrators. I usually enjoy the one narrator taking on the various characters but this was even more enjoyable.
There were many times that I was moved to tears by the storyline. It helped me to put life into perspective and realize how many precious things we take for granted.
I highly recommend this charming story but caution that there will be emotional portions throughout.
An excellent read
Elizabeth. She was the centerpiece of everyones' life; even those who did not realize it at first.
It seemed so authentic.
I read this book in paper format and enjoyed it very much. However, the audio book really drew me into the story. Same story but a totally different experience. The readers for each characters' part were well chosen and made me want to be a part of the story!
Haven't read or seen the print version, but enjoyed the audio very much.
This book goes along well with the TV series, "Islands at War". I don't think you will regret "reading" this book, especially if you are interested in WW2.
Absolutely. The story totally pulls you in and so do the characters, who were all appealing or quirky with poignant back stories.
I loved discovering more about characters and the situation on Guernsey during WWII gradually along with the main character.
There were different narrators for each letter writer, perfectly enhancing their characters and the lively attitude of the book.
I didn't listen to this in one sitting, but it was tempting.
The characters. They were marvelous. The different voices made listening to this book a wonderful way to experience the book.
so many...can't pin point one. Maybe when Kit shared her treasure box with Juliet--heart wrenching.
nothing. I love the name.
Don't miss this gem.