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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | [Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows]

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. 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....
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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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    Alyssa NH, United States 05-06-10
    Alyssa NH, United States 05-06-10 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    I read a reader review here that said this book had a "wet ending" which I thought meant it would be sad. A sad ending almost would have been preferable. This book is great in the first half where it describes interesting stories about German occupation. It starts to nose dive in part two as it switches over to a Jane Austen style romance then finally smashes into the ground during the last 20 minutes.

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    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 06-29-09
    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 06-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    Witty, and wonderful. Fell in love with every character as well as the format, and story.

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    Mildred Cedarville, CA, USA 06-20-09
    Mildred Cedarville, CA, USA 06-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story"

    A romantic and touching tale.. good characters I could relate to about a time and place I didn't know much about. Beautifully told in letter format, I enjoyed this book completely.

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    Christine Benicia, CA, USA 11-13-09
    Christine Benicia, CA, USA 11-13-09
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    "sweet and boring"

    Like going to your grandmothers house and hearing a story about people who are strangers and already dead.

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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-02-12
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    Let me begin by saying that I'm a sucker for novels written in letters, as this one is. This is a lovely little tale set mostly on the island of Guernsey, where the main character, a writer, has come in search of a subject for her next book. Like Juliet, I did not know much about the Channel Islands and how the residents lived under Nazi occupation during World War II. The characters were unique but generally beliveable. I might have liked the novel even better without the pat romantic ending, but I still give it a thumbs up.

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    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 01-16-10
    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2005
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    I looked forward to listening to this book because of the great reviews and many of the reviewers had the same tastes in audiobooks.

    However, I struggled with the letter format (the book, at least the part I listened to, is a series of letters that keeps that story going). I couldn't keep the characters and places straight and I stopped listening after about an hour.

    My sister gave me her copy of the book and I'll read the book and I am sure that I will enjoy it.

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    Daniel Laredo, TX, USA 05-05-09
    Daniel Laredo, TX, USA 05-05-09
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    "quite boring and of no consequence"

    I am really disappointed with this book, very boring! definitely a woman's book, it should be labeled as such to keep straight men away from this. written in a sequence of letters, it progressively got more fastidious, at one point all I could hear was blah blah blah blah!

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    Kris Cordova, TN, USA 08-24-09
    Kris Cordova, TN, USA 08-24-09
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    "Disappointed"

    The entire book was in letter / telegram style...it took away from the story line to me.

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    Jorden Collins Orange County, CA 06-19-09
    Jorden Collins Orange County, CA 06-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Way too sweet and predictable"

    I loved the start of this book, there were so many great possibilities being set up (maybe too many) and I liked Juliet (the main character) to begin with but she ended up grating on me ( she reminded me of that Alec baldwin's chracter on Friends who just thought everything was beautiful or amazing or astounding). And at the end, there is the important O.W. "discovery" that really landed flat and so did the finale... Frankly I wish I hadn't waisted my time on it.

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    S Carrollton, TX, United States 03-14-09
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    "Are you kidding"

    What a colossal waste of time. I guess I was influenced by the good reviews listed on audible. What was I thinking?

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