The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Audiobook CD - 2008
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London, January 1946, emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She finds 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. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2008
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415954409
1415954402
Branch Call Number: FICTION (COMPACT)
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8 hrs., 7 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie

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kmobuckeye
Feb 11, 2019

Enjoyable tale for book lovers.

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NadineL18
Jan 29, 2019

Shaffer kept me intrigued from the first time I read the title to the very last letter. With the entire story told through letters, the reader joins Juliet, an up-and-coming writer, as she develops friendships with members of the society and learns of what it was like when the island was occupied. It was a lovely story that had me hooked!

Hillsboro_BoE Nov 06, 2018

This is a nice a cozy read for anyone that enjoys historical fiction, WWII fiction, books about the love of books, or books with eccentric characters. The video game equivalent of this book is Stardew Valley. It may make you want to escape the trials of a modern digital existence to go live in a remote village, write letters, farm, and get to know your neighbors.

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 01, 2017

Through a series of letters, notes, telegraphs, etc, friends & family keep in touch. Our main correspondant, Juliet Ashton, finds herself becoming immersed in the lives of the members of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, a group that was born unexpectedly during the Nazi occupation during WWII. The more she learned of how this group came to be & what kept it going, she knew she had to travel to Guernsey to meet the people & learn more. As she spends some time on the island of Guernsey, a shift of love interests takes place. The man she thought she loved & was going to marry turns out to be all wrong for her. On Guernsey, she finds her true self, & her true loves...yes LOVES, plural. It's a beautiful story of love, loss, fear, & redemption.

I LOVED this book! I felt that it was a bit slow to begin with, but as the map of characters became clear in my mind & the connections between them all, I couldn't help but keep reading/listening! Since the story was written as a series of correspondances between various characters, I felt like I was snooping through somebody's box of old letters. I think that's what kept me reading in some spots. I felt as though I was in the attic of an old friend, sorting through their belongings when I came across this box, began reading the letters, found a comfy spot to have a seat, then got lost in the world of the past. Wonderful!

Age recommendation: 14 & up

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

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Lerenn
Jun 30, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it and enjoyed the cast of many who gave life to the characters in accents and voices I could not have imagined myself. I knew nothing of the wartime experiences here, nor really did I know anything more than that Guernsey existed. I learned a lot and feel enriched by the story and what I learned through its telling. One of the best performed audiobooks I've listened to and at this point I've listened to multiple many.

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moschu_blue
Jan 16, 2016

It took me a while to get into this story, but it develops into a strong story with impressive characters with a story to tell.

JCLCatherineG Oct 06, 2015

If you're interested in this story you must listen to the audio. It is wonderful! Several people read, all with very different and lovely British accents. It's a story of friendship, books, and the German occupation of a small island during WWII.

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librarylizzard
Jun 30, 2015

Wonderfully witty and laid back, this book is composed of letters to and from a journalist as she researches a book society that existed on an isolated English Channel island during WW2. There is love, intrigue, high-brow literary references, and the British humor that kept me going through many to-and-fro trips to work. As other reviewers point out, the audio version is not to be missed - spectacular performances all around!

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kljl
Nov 21, 2013

This is a book for people who do not want to read about sex and crime (although WWll crimes are mentioned) and they do not want to read a book with swearing in it. The characters in this book are delightful.

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donna_25
Jul 22, 2013

Highly recommend that you listen to the taped book which is beautifully narrated by several readers. I read the book several years ago and enjoyed the taped version even more.

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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