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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    
    
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        Mary Ann Shaffer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Annie Barrows
    
    


    
    
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        Paul Boehmer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Susan Duerden,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Rosalyn Landor,
    
    
        and others
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    775 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

Excellent read. Couldn’t stop it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Brilliant story set just after World War II in Guernsey. Quite heart wrenching at times but with a lovely Ending.As a member of a book club, I would love to Think that if we were in the same situation we would do the same thing.

  • The Kashmir Shawl

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Nerys Hughes
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By L. J. West on 19-04-15

An amazing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-17

I was happy to give this book a five star rating as the story is really sweet and quite intricate. I like books that have and amount of truth and honesty about them and the story sounds very closable as well as being fantastic at the same time. I don't want to spoil the ending but I would love to have seen two of the characters meeting but I suppose this is part of the appeal that they didn't. Enjoy it.

  • Dear Amy

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale, John Sackville, Laura Aikman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery.' Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades. This is surely some cruel hoax. But as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend it

  • By Miko on 22-06-16

Fantastic and gripping story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I really enjoyed this book. A couple of the scenes are quite hard to listen to because I have a strong imagination and I found myself growing breathless and a little nervous but what an amazing book. The story of a girl who has forgotten her post that comes back in a real way to haunter. Amazing

  • The Dress Thief

  • By: Natalie Meg Evans
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: She supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break - a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses - but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Pennyfarthing on 01-08-15

Great little story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This story is really sweet and having never worked in the fashion industry in any way, it felt as if I was learning about a whole other world. I don't doubt for one second that this sort of intrigue happens in such a cutthroat business. Very interesting well written and very enjoyable

  • Mr Darcy's Diary

  • By: Maya Slater
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slater reveals Darcy's soul

  • By Catherine on 03-04-14

This is a great book for any haneite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-17

This book is good fun as it sets out Mr Darcy's fictional diary which fits in with the story of pride and prejudice Jane Austen. It is good fun and throw some interesting ideas as to why some of the events in pride and prejudice occurred in the way they did. Definitely worth a read for anyone who loves Jane's books although a purist may find this novel trivial in nature. Enjoy!

  • A Weekend with Mr Darcy

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Victora Brazier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Dr Katherine Roberts is a lecturer at Oxford University and an expert on all things Austen. But she has a guilty secret; a love of racy Regency novels by Lorna Warwick. She's even struck up a long-distance friendship with the novelist and the two of them have been sharing their closest confidences. When Katherine gets her yearly invite to a Jane Austen Conference at the magnificent Purley Hall in Hampshire, she sincerely hopes that Lorna will be in attendance as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable mush

  • By R. Dang on 10-11-11

A very sweet tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-17

I really enjoyed this book, the story was really sweet and salty thing and lots of fun and dream of happening to them. for a Janeitex it is one of those tales that's been off from Austin but don't ruin the whole effect.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible tale.

  • By Anonymous User on 24-09-17

Absolutely amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-17

I have listened to dozens of books around World War II and the stories it has to tell. This was brilliant. I cannot imagine what these characters went through and the fact that they really did just makes it even better. Definitely worth a read. It was well written lots of description that transported you to where the action took place you really felt like you were there and living it with him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sunshine Cruise Company

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Susan Frobisher and Julie Wickham are turning 60. They live in a small Dorset town and have been friends since school. On the surface Susan has it all - a lovely house and a long marriage to accountant Barry. Life has not been so kind to Julie, but now, with several failed businesses and bad relationships behind her, she has found stability: living in a council flat and working in an old people's home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Panny on 07-02-16

Funniest book I have read for ages.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I found myself laughing out loud on the train which got me some very strange looks. Although there is quite a lot of swearing and some potentially horrific scenes, they are written in such a way that you forget what you are r listening to because of the way it is written. Deafly going to look out for his other books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Muse

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Cathy Tyson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me emotionally confused... But I loved it!

  • By Sarah-rose on 26-08-16

Interesting story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-17

I found myself getting caught up in the story of the 1930s more so than story of the 1960s. I thought it was interesting use of characters. The historical bits of the Spanish Civil War were very interesting as I had never studied that conflict before. Definitely worth a read

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Innocent Traitor

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Lady Jane Grey was born into the most dangerous of times. Child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother for whom she was a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, she lived a life in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour. Growing up with the future Queen Elizabeth and her reluctant nemesis, Mary, she soon learned the truth of the values imparted to her by Henry VIII's last Queen, Katherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Kirstine on 08-02-17

Fabulous book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-17

I love history books including historical fiction. I knew the story of Lady Jane Grey from studying at school but this story really brings it home just how weird that particular point of history got. Touring and frying of religious zealots on both sides proves how divisive religion can be, leading to death destruction of both people and, almost, nations. A wonderful read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful