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.
This book is very well written to be as good a read as it is with the format used. The characters are well formed and the story is engaging. The performance really enhances the enjoyment!
The main character is so well drawn that she feels like a good friend.
Despite the title, the book was a breath of fresh air. I didn't know how the novel could be good given that it was written completely in letter form, but it worked. My faith was somewhat restored after finishing this, in the belief that stories could be somewhat wholesome/innocent and still very entertaining. There are no children fighting to the dealth or vampires or sex, it's just a simple story about the war and a town called Guernsey. I really enjoyed it!
One of the things I enjoyed most was the new perspective of WWII. The way the story is told through letters is very charming. I would highly recommend this book.
Right at the top
Dawsey. He is so warm and steady.
Everything! It made it come to life with a different narrator reading each character's letters.
A different look at World War II
Don't let the title of this book scare you away. I absolutely loved this book. This is one of those books that compelled me to look up the actual history for the period because I found it so interesting. The narration is in my opinion among the top 5 in all the 300 plus books I have bought through Audible.
I loved this book and the narration was wonderful with various readers. I loved all the characters and did not want the book to end! I especially love it when I learn something and through these characters I will remember. Such a creative way to write a book through letters! Makes me sad that we don't write letters anymore, reading this story made me want to pick up a pen and write to my best friend!
I love the voyeuristic feeling i get when reading an epistolary novel and listening to this book feels like overhearing conversations between friends. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, many are both and in between all of that is a sweet love story. Each of the book's characters has a unique voice and they all ring true, and for that reason listening may be the ideal way to experience this story. I waited for months to buy this book and now wish I had gotten it sooner; it is so much better than I thought it would be!
A wonderful, witty, homey book, full of interesting characters, people that I wanted to have tea with on a regular basis. The narrator was truly superb. The only trouble? It ended too soon!
I have yet to read the print version but plan to. Love that there were several narrators for the different characters. Wonderfully done!
I loved them all! So endearing!
The last chapter, of course!
No idea but I really hope they make a film!!!
Oh, yes, I would. I loved the voices for the characters. I think that it was so smart of the story to have so many different narrators for all of the parts.
It was witty, charming, suspenseful, educational, and I want to go to Guernsey now and meet them all!! Surely they are still there....little kit would be nearly my age...a year younger perhaps. I had already read the book, so i was familiar with the story. Now I am reading the book again....that is how good it is! I wish that the author was still alive.
I thought that their voices were just right for the character they represented. There are so many different characters in this story, that just having someone read it outloud would have been quite flat. The narrators really gave voice to each letter writer. Thank you!
I love it just as it is....
I HIGHLY recommend this audio book.....you will want to listen to it more than once!
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