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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- A Novel
- By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
- Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
- Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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.
MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!
- By Kent on 10-19-09
Charming letters bring an island to life
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. The story totally pulls you in and so do the characters, who were all appealing or quirky with poignant back stories.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved discovering more about characters and the situation on Guernsey during WWII gradually along with the main character.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
There were different narrators for each letter writer, perfectly enhancing their characters and the lively attitude of the book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I didn't listen to this in one sitting, but it was tempting.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
- By: Ivan Doig
- Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
- Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig had only a vague memory of his mother until he discovered a cache of her letters. They revealed a passionate, can-do woman who loved the lilting rhythm of words. A moving prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, Doig’s Heart Earth highlights his childhood before his mother’s death and eloquently captures the texture of the American West, the fortunes of a family, and one woman’s indomitable spirit.
Like a warm blanket on a chilly night.
- By Bonnie D. Pierce on 09-28-18
Sweet, sad, funny, poetic memoir of Doig's family
If you could sum up Heart Earth in three words, what would they be?
lyrical, insightful memoir
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed out loud a few times, but was mostly in awe of Doig's ability to help me experience what he and his parents experienced during his childhood.
Any additional comments?
I love the way Doig concisely evokes a whole world of feeling; he sees such humor, poetry, and intensity in each moment and place. Somehow he notices everything.. A sweet, sad, funny memoir of his childhood and his mother.