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Publisher's Summary

Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late 20th century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between England and France yet a world away from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the story of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost.
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the 20th century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island.
©1981 Edward P. de G. Chaney (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Kathy on 07-08-12

My favorite audiobook of all!

If you sample this book first, don't be put off by the "codger" voice. I have never listened to a more astonishingly beautiful narration. Roy Dotrice, who incidentally is from Guernsey, has performed an amazing feat in his narration this book and in "becoming" the main character of the story.
As Ebenezer talks about his family history and his life on the island of Guernsey, he draws you in to his story little by little. This is a book that continues to get better as it goes on until you start fretting about what you will do when it is over. Myself, I started it over immediately to clear up some information I didn't get clear in the beginning, when perhaps I wasn't listening as carefully as I could. I had no idea how much I would hang on every word as the book progressed. This book is warm and quite funny (many laugh out loud moments) and sometimes sad. This is a book that I full-heartedly recommend. Don't miss it by having preconceived notions.

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By John G. Bergdoll on 05-12-15


I picked this audible book for the narrator and the synopsis. Dotrice was excellent as expected but this story was one of the best I've read.
Don't look for much suspense or heavy plot twists but an emotion filled trip through one man's life and all his humor and musings and struggles. I learned quite a bit about myself from this fictional man an ocean away and realized how much of Ebenezer Le page I've got in me.
This is the best piece of fiction I've experienced in a long time, maybe ever.

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By Valerie on 01-31-14

Wonderful warm story

What did you like most about The Book of Ebenezer le Page?

It created the world of Ebenezer in the way that folk remember.

What did you like best about this story?

It was beautifully observed and delicately handled

Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favourite?

Oh, I haven't got a favourite. Roy Dotrice brought them all to life so beautifully.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I even took it to bed with me and listened half the night.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a beautiful story, very sensitively written and narrated. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

By craig bale on 05-01-16

a most relaxing listen

This is an unusual book, beautifully written and brought to life by the narrator. Although slow, I got used to the pace and loved to listen to it at bed times when the days pressures would evaporate...... I'll miss you Ebenezer Le Page.

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