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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