The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer, , read by Paul Boehmer, Juliet Mills and others. . Random House Audio, $34.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7393-6843-5
Shaffer's debut novel, written with her niece Barrow, is an original account of one writer's relationship with a member of a unique book club formed as an alibi to protect its members from arrest at the hands of the Nazis during WWII. With a small cast of gifted narrators including Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerdan, John Lee, Rosalyn Landor and the enjoyable Juliet Mills, this production is first-class from top to bottom. The narrators' British dialects, each quite regional and equally as different as they are ear-pleasing, serve the story well and allow Shaffer's words to leap from the page into the hearts and minds of her listeners. The final result is an almost theatrical experience with a plethora of enthusiastic performances.
Reviewed on: 09/29/2008