• The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Taylor Owynns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

©2008 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (P)2008 Vision Australia

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A wonderful, wonderful book

Evocative, funny, clever, sad, beautifully read. Such an insight into living through war in an occupied country, and remaining true, beautiful people.

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sooooo good, binge listened!

great story, great narrator! Loved all the characters. will have to listen straight away again!

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  • Chelsea
  • 02-13-19

Narrator ruins it

This book has been totally ruined by the narrator. She is so clearly Australian trying to be English. Why not just hire an English person? Her terrible English accent grates on my ears to the point that I can’t enjoy this book. I am going to return it and read the book instead.

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  • Coop14
  • 06-18-20

Sad when it ended

Initially I didn't think I would like the "letters" format and I didn't, but suddenly that disappeared and you are totally into the characters and what is happening to them. Has certainly made me interested in the history of this island. An excellent book.

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  • Ange
  • 10-01-19

loved the narration

being a series of letters I was concerned it would be hard to follow but due to great narration I couldn't stop listening

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-18

Entertaining book, exquisitely performed

I loved this audiobook, laughing out loud in some parts, and gaping in shock in others, both because of the beautiful writing and the perfect performance. The one thing I could suggest is that because the main story ends so abruptly, it could be helpful to also include narration of the 'Afterword' from the print edition. This is a thoroughly entertaining listen, and I didn't want it to end!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-20

Very enjoyable book to listen to.

Very enjoyable story to listen to. Mainly due to the wonderful voices of Taylor Owynns. She was amazing portraying the various people in the book and has a beautiful voice to listen to.
I also enjoyed learning about the history of the Island.

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  • Rebecca Rielly
  • 01-15-20

loved it

Would not have read the book but the audio was amazing its a must read.

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  • DebManning
  • 11-12-19

2nd read

read this once and didn't like it at all.
Had another go and absolutely loved it. in between I watched the very much adulterated movie, beyond awful and nothing like the book. I loved this book and highly recommend this beautiful and sometimes sad book.

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  • Sharyn Reiffel
  • 07-28-19

Guernsey in the war

The correspondence in the beginning of the story was a bit hard to follow at first. But then it became enjoyable and then I was engrossed to the very end, which I was sad to have finish. The characters were realistic and Guernsey is now on my bucket list.

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  • platypus6
  • 12-21-18

Marvellous

I enjoyed the story and the narration enormously. Do yourself a favour, it’s a wonderful book for the holidays.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-20

Perfect!

A book that is full of wonderful characters that become dear friends! I just wish it was longer!

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