A wonderful, witty, homey book, full of interesting characters, people that I wanted to have tea with on a regular basis. The narrator was truly superb. The only trouble? It ended too soon!
I have yet to read the print version but plan to. Love that there were several narrators for the different characters. Wonderfully done!
I loved them all! So endearing!
The last chapter, of course!
No idea but I really hope they make a film!!!
Oh, yes, I would. I loved the voices for the characters. I think that it was so smart of the story to have so many different narrators for all of the parts.
It was witty, charming, suspenseful, educational, and I want to go to Guernsey now and meet them all!! Surely they are still there....little kit would be nearly my age...a year younger perhaps. I had already read the book, so i was familiar with the story. Now I am reading the book again....that is how good it is! I wish that the author was still alive.
I thought that their voices were just right for the character they represented. There are so many different characters in this story, that just having someone read it outloud would have been quite flat. The narrators really gave voice to each letter writer. Thank you!
I love it just as it is....
I HIGHLY recommend this audio book.....you will want to listen to it more than once!
Absolutely charming narration of the story of the plucky inhabitants of the island of Guernsey- the only English possession to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. Told in letters exchanged between columnist/writer Juliet Ashton and an interesting conglomeration made up of Juliet's publisher, friends, and a colorful cast of Channel Islanders who formed an impromptu book club under the noses of occupying forces to hide the crime of eating their own pork. This is a story I hated to see come to an end and will happily listen to again.
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
Anyone who thought the characters "sounded all alike" would possibly feel differently if the book was experienced in audible form. Audible used at least four narrators and it really enhanced my enjoyment.
The story was sweet, but very predictable.
The title is very long and silly if I close my eyes I couldn't repeat it aloud (so therefore, in a sense, forgettable.)
The use of letter writing between characters to tell the story made the whole book very 'passive' rather than interactive.
And how is it that letters are sent-received and answered-received all on the same day?(Oooh, I forgot to suspend disbelief.) They must have had a helluva mail service in 1946. (Here in CA a letter to my neighbor takes at least 2 days.)
The characters were all so "veddy" eccentric, making them inplausible.
So WHY did I really enjoy this and give it 4 stars? I cannot explain it for the life of me! But like it I did.
Addicting, thought-provoking, enjoyable
I am still looking for a book that I can compare this to.
Many moments between Juliet and Elizabeth's daughter and the relationship that blossomed between the two of them.
I am 3/4 though this book, so I don't know how it ends, but two things are apparent to me at this juncture: I long for the days when handwritten letters were lovingly composed and people listened avidly for the sound of the mail being delivered, AND, I am approaching the last third of this wonderful book and can't bear the thought of it ending and saying farewell to the wonderful cast of characters the authors and narraters brought to life. I am literally feeling a little depressed to think that it will all too soon come to an end and, as much as I want to finish it, I am trying to savor this last bit. I've actually been googling Guernsey to find real photographs of the island and have found a new interest in WWII and the area. I am loving this book, especially the way the different narraters bring each character so vividly to mind. One of my favorite listens, for sure!
Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.
This is a sweet story with interesting characters although there were terribly dark parts when the Nazis actively entered into the plot. It somehow didn't convey the terror and claustrophobic sensation that "Island at War" on Masterpiece Theatre did, possibly because it was placed AFTER the central events had unfolded rather than while they were actually happening. Listening to the book was, for me, more enjoyable than reading it, as the characters were so strongly brought to life by the narrators. Wanting to find out what happened to the various personalities kept me going through some of the more tedious parts. Whoever played "Dawsey" grabbed me right at the beginning and kept me going through the whole book.
The Narration! Loved the multiple narrators, especially since the story was told by letters. Other books that I have listened to get a bit annoying at times when one narrator assumes several different characters....it usally doesn't work for me.
Getting to know all the characters!
I have not.
Instead of having the tv on while falling asleep, as so many do, I listen to this on my kindle....
Let me begin by saying that I'm a sucker for novels written in letters, as this one is. This is a lovely little tale set mostly on the island of Guernsey, where the main character, a writer, has come in search of a subject for her next book. Like Juliet, I did not know much about the Channel Islands and how the residents lived under Nazi occupation during World War II. The characters were unique but generally beliveable. I might have liked the novel even better without the pat romantic ending, but I still give it a thumbs up.