This book was a great listen. N.D. Wilson is one of the best young adult fiction writers and his new series is off to a fantastic start. All of the characters are interesting and it's fun to find out more about each one as the story unfolds. The storyline is really good -- the momentum builds quickly. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.
This story started out sad and went downhill. I don't even want to describe it.
I thought the Inspector Lynley series would be good -- it's certainly popular and has been around for a while. However, after listening to this first book in the series, I cannot understand why. The book is well written, but the subject matter and most of the characters in this book are depressing. The details of what happens in the story and why are gruesome and revolting. I won't be listening to any more of this series. In fact, I'm trying to find out how I can delete this book from my Audible library. With all of that said, the narrator was outstanding.
I've recommended this book to my friends because it's one of best books I've ever read (listened to). The story is told in such a compelling way -- through letters and telegrams (remember telegrams?) between the characters. Who doesn't love to read old letters, especially when they're witty and full of real people having real experiences?
The book is comparable to 84 Charing Cross Road, but there is much more humor, joy and sorrow because of the experiences of the characters during the Nazi occupation.
It's hard to pick a favorite character, partly because the narrators did such a wonderful job of bringing each character to life. You, of course, love the main character Juliet, but the
Oddly enough, the most memorable character in the book is the person you never hear from directly -- Elizabeth, the strong, brave, stubborn, heroic and beloved friend, neighbor and founder of the Society.
I absolutely love this book. I confess that I have listened to it many times and will probably continue to listen to it. Besides the wonderful characters and storylines, the history in the book was fascinating. The details of what happened before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the British Channel Islands was riveting.
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