It took a little time to get used to the style of writing used for this book but once I did it flowed smoothly.
I think the narrators were wonderful and I don't believe I would have enjoyed the book as much if I had read it rather than listening to it.
The cast of characters in the story are brought to life and you get to know and love or dislike them as the story progresses. The story also has a lot of great history in it which I also enjoyed reading about.
All in all I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
The characters are entrancing. Developing the characters and the storyline through written letters to each other was genius. The narration was wonderful...Juliet Mills WAS Juliet!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book; the characters as developed in their letters to Juliet, the main character, as well as learning about the history of the Channel Islands during World War II.
I loved this book! I was a little skeptical at first about the format being that of letter writing, but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were so engaging that I feel that I want to know more about them beyond the end of the novel. And the narration was fantastic. Now I really want to visit Guernsey!
I liked the book. At first I thought it would be extremely tedius to listen the the "to & from" every few lines but I got used to it and it didn't matter after awhile. What made it interesting was the description of what it was like to be occupied by the Germans on that island.
I read this book before I listened to it, and loved reading it. I missed the characters after I was finished, and wanted to head to Guernsey myself. Always the mark of a good book, in my opinion, is the need to sigh when you close it. Now, having listened to it, I love the characters even more. The narrator breathed life into this story and each of its unique, wonderful characters. Now, I sigh everytime I arrive at my destination and have to pause the story...this is a great story to hear!
It was so easy to listen to, and the characters were all appealing and lively. It was also well read. My only reservation was I didn't entirely buy that such a posh sounding lady would end up with the Guernseyman farmer. I wanted to believe it, but I had me doubts.
I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I still think about it. Beautifully written in the form of letters between characters, an ingenious way to present different points of view. The story of how this small island survived during German WWII occupation is intimate, sad and funny.
You'll be glad you listened to this.
One of the best narrations I have ever listened to. Juliet Mills has a beautiful voice, and all the other narrators add so much character. This book truly comes alive.
This book is set just at the end of WWII, after the German occupation of Guernsey has ended. An interesting, lively story in the beginning unfolds into a look into the lives of people who suffered at the hands of others, but found a way to continue living and thriving. It would have been depressing, because of the descriptions of the horrors the people lived through, if not for the delightful characters. This is a shining jewel of a book. The story is told in the form of letters that the characters write to each other, which is an interesting approach. If you're a cynic who finds emotion smarmy and bothersome, go find yourself a good mystery or sci fi. If you want to make new friends to hold into your heart, and to fall in love, download it immediately!