I would listen to this book over and over if I could. I will probably listen again sometime soon. I gave a copy to my Grandma after I was finished. It's the best book I have read in years.
Imagine if you can,..getting to listen to 8+ hours of a popular BBC period piece as a radio production,...it was like that. The ensemble cast of readers were a treat akin to getting to watch the original broadway cast of a hit show!
I was entralled from the beginning. The characters were so vivid and alive. It was a captivating story with a very interesting historical backdrop. I learned while I was entertained. I listen while commuting and this is one of my favorites.
Beautiful, moving, funny
A handful of characters, really can not choose. Some quirky, some endearing, some annoying but were comedy relief.
Absolutely-found it very hard to get anything else do! Really grabbed my attention, felt lost in the sto, which I just love from a story.
I am not an Anglophile so really hesitated to buy this book; I will seek out stories about Scotland or Ireland over one about England every time. But I am so glad I choose this one! The characters felt so true to life, quirks and lesser qualities along worth their qualities. I enjoyed learning a part of World War history I did not know about. It is a story I look forward to listening to again.
For a long time I judged this book unfairly by it's peculiar title. Oh, I am so glad I finally sidestepped the title and just jumped in for a listen. As the quirky characters are peeled back and the story unfolds, I am reminded that people are just people--and I would want these for my friends too.
My mother has recommended many books to me over the last few years and I am ashamed to say that I haven't read any of them, except for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. While we don't normally share a common appreciation for literature (she likes gritty true-to-life stories and I like happy fiction), we both loved this book. My dad even liked it so much that when their road trip ended but the book hadn't, he sat down in the living room to finish it.
Being in epistle form, this book is slow to start. You don't have the advantage of a narrator to give exposition or character information, but if you can hang on for the first 20 minutes, you'll find it worth your while. Each letter is identified at the start with the writer and recipient and, with different narrators for the different characters, I never had to waste time trying to figure out who was speaking. The ending was a bit fast, but as there is no way to narrate in the moment in epistle form, it still worked out wonderfully.
What didn't I like about this story. It's uplifting, it's sad but most of all it speaks to the human spirit during a horrible time in history.
When Juliet proposes to Dawsey at the end.
Definately, I did not want the story to end. It took me several days to break the hold this story had on me.
The performers well and truly fit their roles. This book is a compilation of letters that reveal life during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. It is historical, interesting, poignant and reflective of influences and motivations that affected Britian at that time. Although not a true romance, thank goodness, there is a romantic hue.
My favorite character is the one who is missing. When you hear it, you will understand.
The narrators allow you to visualize people, see colors and smell the land.
There were times my eyes were moist, and my breath was deep.
The audiobook really draws you into the story! It's easy to visual the characters and their story!
This does a great job of telling the WWII story for a new point of view. The story of the Tolt workers broke my heart!
Great book! Can listen to it over and over again!
The book is written in letter form. Listening to this book and having the letters read by the "person" really brings the book to life!!