The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Unabridged)
by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
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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.
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This was one of the those stories I was sad to reach the end of! The format the reading is presented in is very engaging. Different readers take on the lovable personalities of the book. The story is presented as a series of letters and as I was listening, I felt the story truly come to life. I hope all listeners enjoy this book as much as I did!
A friend wanted to start a book club. Since I drive an hour to and from work I don't have time to read so I purchased the audio book. I am SO glad I did. Not only is it convenient, the book is great, having multiple readers for each letter brings the book and characters to life, it is a fantastic story!! Highly recommend!
This audio book feels a little like an epistolary version of James Herriot's novels in that it seems to wonderfully capture a quirky and lovable group of people with a generally light hearted approach. However, these authors were not afraid to approach the more heart rending and difficult side of the war years either. The readers are wonderful and help to give distinct voices to all of the correspondents. There seemed one unnecessary and out of place piece of the story or it would get five stars from me!