Friday Morning Bookclub

June 4, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society: The Perfect Audio Book!

I just this minute finished listening to a wonderful audio book!  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows has been recommended to me many times and I actually tried reading it about a year ago. For some reason, I just could not get into it and put it aside, assuming I would pick it up another time. While in the library the other day, I noticed the audio book and decided to give it a try and I am thrilled that I did. Not only was it a wonderful story, but it was the whole package. The book, which is written in the form of letters and telegrams was read by five talented  “actors” whose voices and accents added a great deal to the already charming story.

It is January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a man that she had never met. Dawsey, a farmer living on the island of Guernsey, a Channel Island  located 70 miles off the coast of England had come across Juliet’s name scribbled inside a book by Charles Lamb. Through her correspondences with Dawsey, Juliet is introduced to the many colorful residents of Guernsey and learns about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a literary club formed out of necessity during the German occupation of the island. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is a delightful story about a difficult time in history.  I fell in love with the many residents of Guernsey, laughed out loud at times and cried at others. I would love to have met Juliet and hope that one day the book will be made into a movie.  I listened to the book in my car as well as on my computer while in the house. It truly is a great audio book. Give it a try!

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5 Comments »

  1. We read this as a book club book and everyone loved it. It must have been fun as an audiobook!
    Mona – Sarah’s friend from St. Croix

    Comment by Mona — June 4, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Mona, Yes it was very entertaining. Do you listen to audio books?

    Comment by susanbright — June 5, 2011 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  3. I listen to audio books when I am sanding and painting around the house or when we are stateside, driving for at least an hour.
    A favorite audio book – while I was sanding and painting louvers on the outside of my house was The Italian Shoes by Henning Markell. It was not a book I would have picked up to read and I am not even sure I could have made it through it reading it but it was a great audio book.
    Also – we listened to Moby Dick one summer when we had a 45 minute drive twice a day.
    Then there is Havana Nocturne – more historical but a perfect book to listen to while driving.
    and Anne of Green Gables was just plain fun!

    Comment by Mona — June 7, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  4. I really enjoy listening to audio books while I’m driving, even if it’s only for a few minutes here and there, running errands. When our book club read Unbroken I listened in the car AND read the book at home. It was great! The only drawback to audio books for me is that so much depends on the reader. A good reader makes the book come alive, but a bad one can ruin the experience. Now we are “reading” The American Heiress as an audiobook and the reader is working very hard to portray the self-centeredness of the characters. She’s doing such a good job of being obnoxious that I can hardly bear to listen!

    Comment by Jean — June 14, 2011 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Jean,
    I agree. The reader makes a huge difference. Listening to The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society was like listening to a play. I am half way through The American Heiress and am getting used to the voice. The reader certainly gets the point across as to the attitude of the aristocrats in this story!

    Comment by susanbright — June 15, 2011 @ 8:32 am | Reply


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