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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Nov 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

This is the first book I have ever listened to on CD. I got both the CDs and the book because I wasn't sure how I would like being read to as opposed to reading myself. I opened the actual book, and was turned off by the format. It is a collection of letters (fictional letters) written from people in Guernsey (a small island in the English Channel) and an author living in London. I thought to myself "this is going to be difficult to read" and didn't get past the first 2 letters. Then on the way home from Thanksgiving, a very LONG drive, I stuck the first CD in, mainly just to see what it was like. I was immediately taken in my Juliet, the main characters letters, because in the CD she has an English accent. I love listening to English accents. Pretty soon I was enthralled. It took me a whole month to listen to the book, I have actually read several books in the meantime, but I really enjoyed my commute listening to the letters. I feel in love with Isola, she made me laugh and I wanted to meet her in real life. I cheered on Syndey, then later Dawsey. I got teary when I found out about Elizabeth. And I wanted to reach out and hug Kit and Amelia. I think the characters came more alive to me because I was listening rather than reading. I throughly enjoyed the book.

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