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  • Published: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Edition: Library ed.
  • Description: 7 sound discs (ca. 70 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book on CD

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  • 9781415954409 :
  • 1415954402 :

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Shaffer, Mary Ann.

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Call number: BOCD Fiction

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Compact discs.

Read by various readers.

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.

Community Reviews

Good night time story

I read a little of this book every night. Sometimes it keep me up late. I loved the format of letters, telegrams, etc. I was surprised how acquainted I got with the characters just from a few opening letters.

Good story with great characters!

This audio book is very well done. It is not just one reader, but cast reading the book.

The story is good and heart warming story.

Great for encouraging calm driving

Diving into BOCD

As a child, I resented books on tape. I decided that with the amount of time I spend in the car, it might be a taste that would be useful for me to acquire. Listening to this novel on CD was a great way for me to do it, I think. As another review said, the book is well-suited to audio since it is written as a series of letters. It helps to be able to hear the infliction in the voices to give you a feel for what each character is going through in the moment.

If I read this myself, I'm afraid I probably wouldn't get through it. But as an audiobook, I found myself interested to know what would happen next.

Charming with a Great Cast of Characters

Great story, lovable characters (especially Isola) and very well told. I wasn't sure how I was going to like the concept of a book told exclusively through letters, but it very well and creatively done.

The arrangement allowed us to meet each character through their own words and hear each voice distinctly. For instance, I disliked Markham V. Reynolds instantly, all from his brief but demanding correspondence.

Taking place on the Channel Isle of Guernsey just after the Occupation, the story provides glimpses into what occupation in an already isolated landscape meant. This gives book a fascinating piece of history to work with as well as the thoroughly enjoyable characters.

Very pleasant listening experience, extremely well-suited to audio. The added bonus of audio for this book is hearing the differences between Juliet and Sidney's London accents compared with the island flavor in Dawsey and Isola's speech. Plus, you learn how to pronounce the names, although not spell them, which is why I had to look up how to spell "Isola."

Lovely overall

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