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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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    JenR 01-03-14
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    "Such a fun book! "

    Very good read, with performances by a variety of voices. Plenty of facts and fun in the story lines!

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    MC 12-15-13
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    "I didn't expect to.. but I loved this little book"
    If you could sum up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in three words, what would they be?

    It is charming, sad, and ends well.. all at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The reader(s), actually. This worked very well as an audiobook.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for each letter and character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I kept hoping.. but that would spoil the story.


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    Harley 12-01-13
    Harley 12-01-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't let the odd title put you off"

    What I like about this book is it has it all - in just the right proportions. It is a love story but not with gushy make you squirm excessive details, it has unanswered questions about what happened which are explained but not in graphic, unsettling and upsetting horrors of war details. It even explains what a Potato Peel Pie is and how to make it! The character development is realistic, sometimes surprising and creates people you would like to know. Most of all I loved the healing of these people as they adjust to life after living on a German occupied island during World War II. Delightful!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frenchie Texas 11-29-13
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    "Loved presentation of this piece of WWII history!"
    What did you love best about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    Perhaps the occupation of the Channel Islands was a paragraph in my history books in school, but this novel brings it to life. It was very informative about a horrific time, but relatively upbeat as told by the survivors with a lovely post war story weaved throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliet is a delightful character, but Dorsey is my favorite. The quiet hero, intellegent beyond his education, and wise beyond his years.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when the children are sent away for safety.


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    MrsJames77 Williamsburg, Va. 11-14-13
    MrsJames77 Williamsburg, Va. 11-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An Unforgettable Read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to be better than the print version?

    The narration is wonderful for all the characters. I did listen to this book before I read it and now I can hear the voices when I read the book to myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliet is my favorite character for many reasons. She loves books like family, she is funny and compassionate, and very honest. When asked for references, she provides the name of a family friend who loves her, and a women she worked with who despises her. How cool is that?


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

    Juliet performed by Susan Duerden was my favorite, so much so that I have looked for (and found) other books she has narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will make you laugh and cry. The characters become real friends who you can root for and live with.

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    Gina 10-24-13
    Gina 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not your average book club"
    Where does The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its pretty high up in my rankings. I really did enjoy this listen. Its an accumulation of letters written back and forth between members of a small town book club and a newspaper columnist to create one of the most enjoyable reads. I found myself imaging what it truely was like for these people


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    Nelle North Carolina 10-14-13
    Nelle North Carolina 10-14-13
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    "Great read"
    Where does The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With many characters to remember, hearing their voice(s) was a tremendous help.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Expressive and soothing at the same time


    If you could rename The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, what would you call it?

    Very good title considering the times.


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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 09-03-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 09-03-13
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    "Perfectly Lovely!!"
    What did you love best about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    Everything! I was so apprehensive about starting this book, but I am so glad that I did. What a great story. I learned so much about WWII and what happened to people. It seems that we will never know the full extent of atrocities committed during that war.

    I loved the people and their personal correspondence. I hate that we have lost the art of writing such lovely letters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    About mid-way through the book my favorite character was Marc Reynolds because he was just so clever with words. Then he became a bit too bossy and I liked Juliet best. I think I really enjoyed the book best before Juliet went to Guernsey and she was simply corresponding with the Potato Peel Pie members.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I thought all of the narrator's were fantastic. I liked that they decided that Susan D. would only read letters from Juliet and no other characters. This REALLY brought the characters to life for me. Each character was so real.

    I know that the other narrators did several characters each, but these narrators are some of the best in the business and if you are new to audiobooks, you may never know that the narrators are reading letters from a few characters instead of just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a few times and I was very disturbed during several parts of the book, especially when the author described the tote workers. Terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I think that reading the book would be a little bit harder to get through because of the addresses at the top of each letter. The addresses can get repetitive and one might be tempted to skip over reading them; however, the addresses do ensure you know where each character is because of the address so they are important. I also thought having the narrators read the addresses would be a problem, but it wasn't. I was actually anxious to hear where the characters were and this was noted when the address was read before each letter.

    If I had to choose one word to describe this book, I would use "perfect". This book was absolutely perfect. I loved it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 08-29-13
    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't let the name fool you"

    I will admit that I was a bit leery about this book as its not exactly my typical read. But I trusted all of the great reviews I read. I feel like I am the one reading the letters and that I am watching the book unfold. The author has mastered describing Guernsey and its inhabitants. This book was light in part and heavy in others and overall it was a great read. I read while at work!

    Enjoy..

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    GPSTrailSource.com 08-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Sweet story with loveable characters"

    The first half of this book was a 5 star rating, but about halfway through, the storyline started shifting its focus and it wasn't quite as interesting anymore. Even so, it's still a sweet story with a cast of loveable characters. And I enjoyed learning a little bit about Guernsey and the German occupation of the island during WWII.

    The narration was excellent. The entire cast of readers did an outstanding job.

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