It felt like a slow start but the humanity that it brings to what it was like during and after WWII includes stories of humor, heart break, and twists.
It was completely unexpected. Both thought provoking and fun.
The different narrators brought the story to life, it was very easy to follow.
Yes, but I can't tell you.
This little gem is an unexpected delight. The story unfolds through witty correspondence and sharp observations, not always kind, of the foibles of men and women alike. With marvelous eccentric Guernsey islanders, dark and brooding hero, enchanting children and heaps of healthy humor, this book is a must for anyone who wants to escape for a few hours to a time before tweets, texts, voicemail and Skype when letter writing was an art form. The story is fairly predicable, but that does not matter because it is told so well. As I finished the book I wanted to book a flight immediately to go and see if the literary society was open to new members!
This is one of my favorite books. I've read it several times. As an audiobook, it is even better. The narrators are wonderful. I will likely listen to this again and again.
The flow of the story from present to past and back again.
Learning of the hardships the residents had to deal with.
I loved them all. The characters were real and individuals each to me.
I wouldn't rename it! What a tease it was to learn how it came to be and how it was named. The title is an integral part of the story.
My mother lived in Manchester during the war. Her next door neighbors took in two girls from Guernsey. They only spoke French. My grandmother spoke French and frequently served as interpreter for their neighbor. My mother has told us many stories about what it was like to grow up during the war--being bombed every night, the blackouts, the lack of food, etc., but until we read this book together, she had forgotten those girls. Another story from my mother to share with my daughter and grandchildren.
teacher & book lover
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. It is funny and touching and the different narrators for each character adds to each characters story.
I truly loved each character. They are like friends I'd love to know. Each character had their own voice, their own story, and their own charm.
I was reluctant to read this book. I thought it was going to be boring. But it was a bookclub book so I read it. I loved it. It was so charming. It was heart warming and sad and hilarious all at the same time. Give this book a chance. It will be well worth your time and money.
Audio Books: Sanity is hearing voices in my head.
This story of the WWII occupied Channel Island of Guernsey is pleasantly conveyed by the exchange of letters between the protagonist who discovers it, and the inhabitants who survived it. Admittedly I fell in love with these characters by virtue of our shared experience: the unexpected joy of finding yourself in books. An indomitable heroine, an occupying army, a need for distraction, and a dearth of reading material produce some endearing insights to the human condition from the unlikely members of a make-shift reading group. The device of the letters to and from a quirky, if slightly predictable cast of characters reveals the dynamics inherent to a small, insular community, making the disruption of enemy occupation all the more painful. The narrators were pitch-perfect with just enough local flavor to transport you to time and place. The love story used to resolve the plot was facile and unsatisfactory, but impinged only slightly on the thoroughly enjoyable experience of sharing a good read with some unlikely cohorts.
This book is amazing. I plan to relisten!
This is the only book I have ever listened to that is better in an audio format. I read the book and then listened to it. Because of the book's format (it is written as letters) listening to it with different narrators enriched the experience immensely!
You will not regret this purchase.
An outstanding performance, compelling characters and a good story make this a "must listen"--even though it has shadings of what some have called "chick lit."