Delightfully read by several narrators who bring to life each character's letters in the appropriate accent.
This adds to the epistolary narrative in a lively account of post-war Guernsey,
written with humor, candor and poignancy.
Rosalyn Landor is one of the narrators--she is a favorite of mine.
This is one of my all-time favorite stories to hear again and again. I never would have believed it, given the subject matter, but I love listening to the lovely voice steadily carrying on through grim days and even finding beauty and joy as she grows into a strong and still stronger woman through a year of challenges and wonders. Together, the sadness of her losses and the beauty of her language bring me to tears as I listen. I have recommended this to several friends and all have been somewhat surprised that they, too, loved this story.
I don't know why my download of years back (2? 3?) is narrated by Stina Nielsen while the version currently available is narrated by the author. I have only listened to the sample of the author's narration but I like her voice. I look forward to hearing her read Nine Parts of Desire next.
The concept is funny, but even five minutes was too much for me - one of those "Ok, I got it the first time" jokes that goes on too long and did not impress me. Disturbing, even, as it went on and on.... Sorry I bought it.
Jim Dale's narration - always superb - and the fascinating storytelling, spun like a circle of silk circus tents, absolutely blew me away - the author's imagination and the wonderful characters and story had me re-listening as soon as I had allowed myself to finish listening the first time - I didn't want it to end!
I stopped listening halfway through and got a paperback copy and subsequently enjoyed it much better.
I find that is often the case with narrators who are supposed to be young - children, mostly, but in this case, even the teen voice I found annoying. In particular, it was a bit too slow. Rather than savoring the lines, I wished I could put it on a higher speed.
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