Friday, October 21, 2011

Audio Book of the Week - the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Read by Paul Baymer, Susan Dewidan, Rosilyn Landor, John Lee and Juliet Mills


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.

My Take:  This book was a wondeful experience in audio!!!  I hadn't read it before but I had seen it on so many others blogs that I thought that I would give it a try.  The book is told in note and letters from the different characters to other characters.  Each character has their own voice thus all of the narrators.  the story is about the way that the people on Guernsey survived during the occupation by the Nazis during World War II.  It is also a story of the aftermath of that occupation.  And in it's own way it is a love story. If you want to escape to the delightful island of Guernsey and all the wonderful characters that reside there I would suggest that you listen to this book.  Highly recommended.

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