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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Audiobook

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Publisher's Summary

I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island – boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature-lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

©2008 Marry Ann Shaffrer and Annie Barrows; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Peg S 10-14-08
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    "What a wonderful book!"

    I was sorry when this book ended. I'll miss all the wonderful characters. The technique of telling the story through letters was very clever and worked well. The authors did not sugar-coat the tragedies of WWII but instead focused on the goodness of people.
    I found myself on my evening walks smiling as I listened. The readers were great.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lynn Richardson 03-10-09 Member Since 2002
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    "If there were seven stars available..."

    Everything I want it a book, doubly enhanced by having it read so convincingly. Usually I treat myself to books as I do physical work; this one kept me awake at nights concentrating on listening with laughter and tears.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Schlegel 02-25-15
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    "hard to follow story in audio book form."

    probably better in book form. too hard to follow while driving. story is ok I guess.

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    GMF 01-08-15
    GMF 01-08-15
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    What disappointed you about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    I liked the premise and what I read of the storyline, but it was just too difficult/slow to get into. The style of the 'journal' entries seemed disjointed and I couldn't tell who was who by the narrator's intonation. I gave up after about 20 minutes, it became irritating.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ’s story?

    The structure of the journal entries without any background or story.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Not sure.. didn't listen long enough


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ??? the story line seemed good.


    Any additional comments?

    Lesson learned, no more disjointed journal entry style books for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jane USA 10-08-13
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    "Mailbag"

    I did not like the format. The story was told in letters back and forth between the characters. It was a nice little love story with historical background, but had no "punch".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Orlando, FL 07-06-13
    Sandy Orlando, FL 07-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my cup of tea at all..."

    Glad I got this one on sale. It was boring, slow, and it didn't hold my interest. I skipped through this one in about an hour.

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    Megan 06-13-13
    Megan 06-13-13
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    "There are better WWII stories out there."
    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ? Why or why not?

    Probably not, I found the book was pleasant but was rather uneventful. Very predictable and unemotional for a story that chronicles the German occupation during WWII. I was unable to truly connect with the characters. I have recently read "The Book Thief" which was much more emotional, harrowing, and memorable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was not quickly paced enough for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The voices were all nice except for the American, Marc. He sounded like a computer. I am wondering if a British actor was trying to do an American accent...didn't work.

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    Traci Wilton, CT, United States 10-08-09
    Traci Wilton, CT, United States 10-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "great audiobook"

    Of all the audiobooks I've heard, i think this is the one that most lends itself to the audio format. I loved listening to the different voices in the novel. It was moving - uplifting and heartbreaking, a true pleasure to hear.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Scanlon Sewickley PA 09-11-09
    Sheila Scanlon Sewickley PA 09-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "It took a while"

    This book took a while for me to get into it, although sometimes I get distracted while listening and that impedes my enjoyment. I had no idea what the book was about so had no expectations. It was a pleasant story with no real action or high drama but the format provided a creative way to develop characters. The characters were slowly carved into persons you could come to know, with quirks and dilemnas that fleshed them out nicely. It was a pleasantly creative perspective of an oft-written historical setting (WWII). The readers were perfect for their parts.

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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 04-26-09
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 04-26-09 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "One of the best listens ever"

    This is such a delightful book. The readers are perfect. I listened to it once and then started all over again -- a rarity. Just terrific.

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