This is a wonderful, beautiful book. I keep recommending it to friends. And because of the amazing narration, I insist they listen to it.
Beautifully told. I loved the way characters were introduced and the story unfolded. What a great listen! Loved this book.
Loved it! Pleasantly surprised that a book, solely of letters could be so satisfying. I loved every character, every storyline, and every narrator. One of my favorite audiobooks. I'll be giving this book as X-mas gifts!
A very entertaining listen and interesting story line about the Guernsey Island occupation during WWII. Not terribly deep or intellectual, but well read by the actors.
This was a wonderful book, and absolutely the best audio book reading I've heard to date.
This is the story of a literary society that was formed on the Isle of Guernsey - one of Britain's Channel Islands - during its occupation in WWII. The story is told via letters from Juliet, a London-based writer, who finds herself becoming deeply attached to the members of the society. The characters are beautifully developed and read wonderfully by the actors.
It is engaging, interesting, funny, romantic and terribly sad - and I loved every minute of it. Highly, highly recommended!
I did not choose to listen to this book randomly -- my book club decided to read it. I saw it was on audio, so I bought it. I am so glad that I listened rather than reading. I don't think I would've gone on with it if I had been reading. However, I still have fond memories of all the different voices. Many times on the treadmill last winter I laughed out loud! It's a book with spunk, charm, and warmth.
The synopsis of this book does not do it justice, but I cannot think how to change it. Listening to the characters brings everything to life. I could picture the island and smell the salt air, and I felt like I knew these characters so well that I could have easily settled down in Guernsey myself. Definitely worth the five stars in my estimation!
This audiobook was very captivating. Although a little difficult to grasp who all the characters were at first, after a bit of listening you'll catch on. I'm more visual so had I been reading the written word I don't think following the character line would have been as confusing - but still did not detract from the enjoyment of this perky novel.
I looked forward to this book ever since I first heard about it on National Public Radio. Historical novels grab me (in a good way) and I generally either love 'em or pffft - a big disappointment. So here is a novel set entirely in post-World War II. It unfolds through letters written from or to a London journalist who discovers the nature and deeds of people in Guernsey while German forces occupied the island. I was drawn in immediately. Ultimately, I thought the presentation of the story through letters was almost genius. It did, I admit, lose its sparkle in the fourth quarter when the story turned out to be predictable. Oh well - I still gave it four stars just because I was captured by it, looked forward to listening to it, and was sad when it was over. My husband listened to it with me. He gave it two stars because the story was trite. There we have it, he was looking for an intriguing plot, I was looking for entertainment. Both of our star ratings are accurate.