The story is exciting and uplifting, and of historical interest. The narrators do a great job, and the fact that there are several different voices makes it easy to follow and keep track of who's who. My only reason to deduct from the audiobook's score is the fact that there are glitches in a few places, where words and sentences are missing.
Great book, loved this so much more than the movie.
A story well told through letters, with a tender respect for the habitants of Guernsey Island as they in turn reflect and tell of their stories of times during and after WW2. The humour develops as do the characters with such delight. All leading to a satisfying ending that I was sad to finally realize. The narration, like the story was fabulous.
I love this book! It is a reread for me and I will probably listen to it again! The characters are delightful! The story ,told through the exchange of letters, adds charm to the story. It tells the history of the occupation of the Channel Islands during WWll. The narration is wonderful and brings each character to life!
This book had to be done in the format of letters, to prove its point that the printed word has the power alter our existence, even in the worst circumstances. Excellent narration!
I love this book! Love all the characters, the narrators who bring them to life, and the perspective each one gives to the overall story. Even my husband liked it when we listened to it on a road trip, and he's not a fan of fiction in general. The story also shines a light on the occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII, which isn't something we often read about these days. I rarely listen to or read a book more than once, and I've listened to this twice.
Funny and wonderful!
I never knew that Guernsey was occupied by the Germans in WWII. Through the stories shared by the islanders, I felt a connection to the human experience of those war years. The letter format also endeared the characters to me in a heartwarming way. The readers of this book were excellent. One of the most enjoyable listening experiences I've had for a long time.
A different view of WWII from the British outer islands. How the English banded together under the Nazi occupation in a lighthearted way. I loved the story.
Historical fiction not your thing? This book, one of my all time favorites, could change your mind! I have read the print book more than once and enjoyed the audio version also. The author's characters are alive and well developed. The historical setting during WWII is accurate. My deep regret is that the author died and won't be writing anymore wonderful books. She made the island and its inhabitants so real that I would love to visit there. Today the island is much more developed and modern I will be looking for and hoping to meet people who knew someone who lived there during the war.
Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in northern California with her husband and two daughters.